How to reach us

The Tikanoja Art Museum
Hovioikeudenpuistikko 4
65100 Vaasa Finland
Phone +358 40 182 8702
Fax +358 6 317 1046


9 € Adults
6 € Students, seniors, group visitors (more than 10 people)
12 / 9 € Combined ticket at the same day (Vaasa City museums)
Free for visitors under 18

Open hours

10 AM to 5 PM
Closed on Mondays

Guided tours

Bookings +358 40 356 4870 (Tue-Fri 10 AM - 3 PM)
Fees (during opening hours)
40 € / group (Tuesday-Friday)
60 € / group (Saturday-Sunday)


(Vaasa City museums)
E-mail: firstname.lastname@vaasa.fi

Exhibition operations:

Head of  Exhibitions
Riina Peltonen
+358 40 353 7377

Magdalena Lindroos
+358 40 704 0194

Anna Franck
+358 40 672 5415

Collection operations:

Acting Museum Director
Auli Jämsänen
Koulukatu 2
+358 40 764 4125

Saara-Maija Pesonen
Museokatu 3
+358 40 153 5144

Collection assistant
Lisbeth Knif
Koulukatu 2
+358 40 161 9892

Nina Takala
Koulukatu 2
+358 40 487 9233

Kimmo Vatanen
Koulukatu 2
+358 6 325 3793
+358 40 180 6195

Minna Vihla
Koulukatu 2
+358 40 707 5126

Kati Lehtinen
Koulukatu 2
+358 40 576 3780

Audience development work:

Head of Audience Development
Jenni Niemi
+358 40 184 9250

Joona Ekroos
Hovioikeudenpuistikko 4
+358 400 789 888

Museum Educator
Kukka-Maaria Kallio
Pikkukatu 1
+358 40 483 0410

Manager of Museum Services
Salla Mällinen
+ 358 40 356 4870

Manager of Museum Services
Maiju Nyqvist-Alho
Hovioikeudenpuistikko 4
+358 40 183 1288

Manager of Museum Services
Jenni Ojalainen
(on leave until August 31, 2015)
Manager of Museum Services
Solveig Pått
Museokatu 3
+358 6 325 3800
+358 40 861 1097

Museum and Exhibition Technician
Matti Raudaskoski
Hovioikeudenpuistikko 4
+358 40 520 3563


Head of  Production
Anniina Pääkkönen
+ 358 40 176 8768

Helena Jern

Koulukatu 2
+358 40 538 3796

Museum and Exhibition Technician
Erkki Kormano
Museokatu 3
+358 40 703 8033

Conservator, furniture
Sari Nordlund
Museokatu 3
+358 40 166 2084

Museum and Exhibition Technician 
Juhani Pukkinen
Hovioikeudenpuistikko 4
+358 40 520 3564

Art Conservator
Sari Tuomio
Museokatu 3
+358 40 836 8345

Exhibition Technician
Björn Wargh
Senaatinkatu 1
+358 40 740 6101

Project Coordinator
Anni Tuominen
Koulukatu 2
+358 40 487 6549

Regional operations and official functions

Provincial Museum Researcher
Kaj Höglund
Koulukatu 2
+358 400 669 039

Regional Art Museum Researcher
Jaakko Linkamo
Koulukatu 2
+358 400 803 786

Building Researcher
Outi Orhanen
>Koulukatu 2
+358 40 531 3918

Provincial Archaeologist
Pentti Risla
Koulukatu 2
+358 40 702 8199 

Support services

Financial Secretary
Johanna Laitinen   
Koulukatu 2
+358 6 325 3788

Sofie Sundell
Koulukatu 2
+358 6 325 3781


Image bank for the press

Press release Art collection of Doctor “million” H.F. Antell / PDF

Welcome to the Tikanoja Art Museum

The museumThe Tikanoja Art Museum is the previous home of Mr. Frithjof Tikanoja (1877-1964), a well known businessman in Vaasa. Mr. Tikanoja had fallen in love with fine arts in the late 1910s and immediately started collecting paintings and drawings. The art museum was founded when Mr. Tikanoja donated his art collection to the city in 1951.

The Tikanoja collection is especially famous for its international section containing works e.g. by Edgar Degas, Paul Gauguin, Henri Matisse and Pablo Picasso. The collection also includes Finnish art from the 19th and 20th centuries. Traditional masters, such as Albert Edelfelt, Axel Gallen-Kallela, Maria Wiik and Tyko Sallinen are included in the collection as well as younger artists.

Mr. Tikanoja also acted as a patron for the painter Eemu Myntti. His art in the 1920s was against the traditional and widely accepted Finnish art policy because he enjoyed working in the French expressionistic style.

The Tikanoja Art Museum arranges several exhibitions annually, based on both national and international themes of interest. During the special exhibitions the artworks from the Tikanoja collection are not on display. The Art Museum is also the location for chamber concerts.

The Tikanoja Art Museum brochure


The von Wright Brothers

Oct. 6 2018 – Feb. 3 2019

The artist Brothers von Wright, Magnus (1805–1868), Wilhelm (1810–1887) and Ferdinand (1822–1906), play an important role in the history of both Finnish art and natural scientific research. The brothers, who grew up at Haminalahti Manor near Kuopio, had since their childhood been interested in the surrounding nature and in observing it. Especially the knowledge the brothers had about birds, thanks to their long-term observation and depicting of them, reached a high level. Their minutely exact bird paintings are still among the best known of all Finnish artworks.

The von Wright brothers are especially known for their numerous works with bird motifs, but Magnus and Ferdinand were also among the most important Finnish landscape painters of their day. Many of the brothers’ paintings show the landscapes of Haminalahti and its surroundings during different times of the year. In the 19th century, depicting wintry landscapes in art was something uncommon, and Magnus von Wright was one of the first to take to the subject. In addition to Haminalahti, Magnus depicted manor and nature landscapes around Finland, as well as Helsinki, where he had settled in 1831.

In the 19th century, the practising of natural science passed through a transitional phase, and the different scientific areas started to differentiate from each other. Even though the von Wright brothers had received little formal education, their detailed descriptions based on exact observations are linked to the rise of field ornithology, based as it is on experience and observations. Especially Wilhelm von Wright’s career had its focus on scientific depiction. The lithography collection Svenska Foglar (Swedish Birds) (1828–1838), born in collaboration between him and Magnus, is considered the ornithological main work of the brothers. Later on, Wilhelm settled on the western coast of Sweden and was responsible for the illustration of the vast work Skandinaviens Fiskar (The Fish of Scandinavia) (1836–1857).

During the brothers’ lifetime, artistic life in Finland was slowly beginning to get organized. Ferdinand von Wright was one of the first Finnish artists who made a living out of their art making. Especially during the final phase of his career, Ferdinand painted numerous commission works, in which he depicted especially small birds and grouse. At the end of the 19th century, Ferdinand’s bird paintings were already being considered old-fashioned, but on the other hand he was honoured for the sake of his long career as an old master, and many of the young artists at the turn of the century visited him at Haminalahti.

The exhibition presents, through different themes, works by the von Wright brothers spanning the whole of theses long and productive careers. Also many works belonging to private collections are shown, many of which have only seldom been shown publicly. The exhibition has been produced by the Ateneum Art Museum, Finnish National Gallery, and curated by Anne-Maria Pennonen.

Ferdinand von Wright: Eagle at a Cliff's Edge (1880). Finnish National Gallery/Ateneum Art Museum, Keirkner Collection. Photo: Finnish National Gallery/Yrjö Tuunanen.