How to reach us

The Tikanoja Art Museum
Hovioikeudenpuistikko 4
65100 Vaasa Finland
Phone +358 6 325 3916
Fax +358 6 325 3918


7 € Adults
5 € 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 4 PM
Closed on Mondays

Guided tours

Bookings +358 40 356 4870 (Tue-Fri 10 AM - 3 PM)
Fees (during opening hours)
30 € / group (Tuesday-Friday)
50 € / group (Saturday-Sunday)


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

Acting Museum Director
Selma Green
Koulukatu 2
+358 6 325 3780 
+358 40 687 4694

Exhibition operations:

Head of  Exhibitions
Riina Peltonen
+358 40 182 8702

Magdalena Lindroos
+358 40 704 0194

Anna Franck
+358 40 672 5415

Collection operations:

Head of Collections
Auli Jämsänen
Koulukatu 2
+358 40 764 4125

Heli Alanne
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


Please note that during special exhibitions the artworks from the Tikanoja collection are not on display.

The World of Wonders – Ilon Wikland's Illustrations

10 March–21 May 2017

The World of Wonders – Ilon Wikland's Illustrations is an exhibition of illustrations for Astrid Lindgren's books by the well-known artist. The exhibition presents the beloved characters of Karlsson-on-the-Roof and the Lionheart Brothers, and highlights illustrations as an independent art form.

Born in Estonia in 1930, Ilon Wikland grew up in Haapsalu, a resort town by the sea. In the early 21st century, the artist donated a collection of nearly 800 original works to the city of Haapsalu. This collection, which also includes illustrations inspired by the houses in Haapsalu, is normally on display at the Ilon's Wonderland museum in Haapsalu. Now we have the pleasure of showing works from this collection in Vaasa, Finland.

In 1944, Wikland fled the Second World War to Sweden, where she started studying fine arts and later worked for various journals and a printing press. In 1953, Wikland met Astrid Lindgren, who had just finished her book Mio, My Son. This book began their long-standing cooperation. Wikland has also illustrated books by a number of other authors as well as her own written works.

The exhibition features illustrative art which describes everyday life and celebrations, play and adventure, but also bleaker experiences.

Whether a child or a grown-up, in the World of Wonders you will get to embark on adventures. You can listen to fairy tales in the Story Time sessions, and you can also hear Wikland's recorded voice. Reading or listening to the books, you can immerse yourself in the atmosphere of the World of Wonders. Sammeli the dog, who appears in books written and illustrated by Wikland herself, is also hiding somewhere in the exhibition rooms–come and see if you can find him!

Photo: Ilon with her dog


Paris 1894: Finnish Artists in the Circle of Gauguin and Strindberg

2 June - 1 October 2017

The exhibition Paris 1894: Finnish Artists in the Circle of Gauguin and Strindberg will explore the journey of the Gauguin’s Noa Noa woodcuts to Frithjof Tikanoja’s art collection through the story of the Finnish artist Ester Kumlin and her studies in Paris.

The exhibition will focus on the generation of Nordic artists present around 1894 in Paris in the circle of Paul Gauguin and August Strindberg. The impulse they received from these meetings will be recalled with paintings and decorative art preserved in museums and private collections. Through the journey of the Gauguin’s Noa Noa woodcuts to Finland and Sweden, where they eventually became part of Frithjof Tikanoja's and Nationalmuseum's collection, the exhibition will connect dots between artists such as Pekka Halonen, Väinö Blomstedt, Werner von Hausen, Olof Sager-Nelson, Magnus Enckell, Wilho Sjöström, Bruno Aspelin, Ester Kumlin and Fanny Låstbom. Their study trip to Paris had turned into a life-time experience in the height of Symbolism.

The exhibition “Paris 1894: Finnish Artists in the Circle of Gauguin and Strindberg” will display art works and archive material from this time period from mainly Nordic artists in addition Gauguin’s woodcuts.

The exhibition produced by The Tikanoja Art Museum and the curator of the exhibition is Art Historian Laura Gutman.

Paul Gauguin, Noa-Noa-series, 1893, wood cut. Picture: Tikanoja Art Museum.