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


With Hats Askew – Headgear from the collections of the Vaasa City Museums

8.6. – 23.9.2018

With Hat Askew is an exhibition self-produced to the Tikanoja Art Museum from the abundant collections of the Vaasa City museums. In addition to hats on display are some headwear-themed artworks. Artists have depicted people wearing hats in portraits, folk portrayals and self-portraits. Natural scientific collections are also included in the exhibition along with the Raggiana Bird-of-Paradise.

A hat used to be much more than just a means of protecting one’s head from varying weather conditions. Headwear was an expression of its wearer’s marital status, social position and even ideology.

Hat fashion has changed over the course of history, and in the exhibition are displayed various fashionable hats from the museums’ collections, as well as hatters and importers from Vaasa. W.A. Paunu’s hat shop, which operated in Vaasa during the years 1913-2011, has been reconstructed in the exhibition.

Headgear is an essential part of festive dressing. On the second floor of the Art Museum are displayed accessories connected to weddings, christenings and mourning. Crown weddings were arranged in the Ostrobothnian countryside in the 19th century and early 20th century. A bauble crown and a small silver crown of honour are on display in the exhibition.

Usage of hats diminished since the 1950s. Nowadays dressing has become less formal and hats are no longer a part of the cityscape as they used to be. Hat shops have nearly entirely vanished, but the hat culture continues to live with the help of headgear available in supermarkets, as well as the abundant supply of online stores.

Spa guests in Marienbad incl. J. Finnilä, W. and M. Schauman, A. Serlachius, Axel and Hanna Schauman, photo: Ernst Pflanz, Marienbad. Ostrobothnian Museum archives.

Upcoming Exhibitions

The von Wright Brothers


The three artist brothers of the von Wright family, Magnus (1805–1868), Wilhelm (1810–1887), and Ferdinand (1822–1906), all played a significant role in the 19th century development of art and natural sciences in Finland. The brothers grew up in Haminalahti, near Kuopio in Eastern Finland and were fascinated by the surrounding nature from childhood. Especially their knowledge of birds developed to high level after their long time hobby of observation and depiction.

The brothers von Wright are best known for their paintings and drawings of birds, but Magnus and Ferdinand were also two of the most significant Finnish landscape painters of the their time. The middle brother, Wilhelm, spent most of his adult life in Sweden and his artistic career focused mainly in scientific illustrations. On display is also still lives, portraits, and cityscapes created by the von Wright brothers.

pThe exhibition examines art works by the von Wright brothers through multiple themes and throughout their long careers. On display are many works from private collections that have been rarely seen in public. The exhibition is produced by Ateneum Art Museum and curated by Anne-Maria Pennonen.