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

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

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:

Head of Collections
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


Matti Visanti

13 October 2017 - 4 February 2018

Matti Visanti, born Matti Björklund (1885–1957), studied architecture at the Polytechnical Institute in Helsinki, and after graduating set up an architectural office in his home town of Vaasa. As there were very few architects in Ostrobothnia at the time, Visanti’s expertise was very much in demand. Among his buildings are the Town Hall of Lapua and the church at Nummijärvi, but it was the construction boom in Vaasa and Seinäjoki that gave him most of his work, and even today his mark can be seen in the streetscapes of those towns. Visanti’s architectural style was mostly classical, with a great deal of symmetry and some decoration. Among his accomplishments from this period are many memorials, works that can be seen as lying somewhere between architecture and fine art; the most monumental of them are the memorial of the Battle of Napue in Isokyrö and the statue of Jaakko Ilkka in Ilmajoki.

Eventually, however, Matti Visanti wanted to exchange his practice as an architect for the profession of an artist. The decision required that he relocate to Helsinki, where Matti and his wife Lyyli (née Myntti), also an artist, would live and work in the Lallukka Artist Home. Matti Visanti eventually created an enormous body of prints. His favoured technique was lithography. He illustrated the whole of The Kalevala, the publication of which was made possible by Frithjof Tikanoja. Visanti also created illustrations for literary, biblical and poetic works. His talent and versatility even extended to applied art, and he received commissions for stamps, paper notes, flags and emblems, as well as industrial products, which he always designed in a dignified yet practical style. He is today best remembered for works such as the Vaasa postal stamps, the Helsinki Olympic Games coin, the symbol indicating works of Finnish origin and the coats of arms of Alavus and Isokyrö.

Visanti’s style was logical and rational. Although it could be serious, it was never sentimental. His home region of Ostrobothnia had nurtured in him not only patriotism but also cosmopolitanism, and had endowed him with the aspirations of equality and democracy. Also inherited from his native land was the idiosyncratic and fascinating combination of minimalism and monumentalism, as well as a bold and rich sense of visuality. Matti Visanti’s visual ideas have been reflected in Ostrobothnian visual thinking down to this very day.

Park Picture, 1910, oil. Vaasa municipal art collection. Photo: Erkki Salminen.

Upcoming Exhibitions

I am not I – Famous and Forgotten Portraits


The exhibition “I am not I – Famous and Forgotten Portraits” approaches portraiture through questions about cherishing memories, strengthening power and creating identities. It pushes the visitor to ask, why and to whom is a portrait done. In times of an overload of visual material and selfies, questions like this are also current. What are we revealing about ourselves in our pictures and how does that influence how others view us?

The exhibition displays a versatile and high quality retrospect of Finnish and European art history. The exhibition features art works from almost fifty artists all the way from the 16th century to the present day, including Lucas Cranach the Elder, Albert Edelfelt and Helene Schjerfbeck. The sitters include leaders, artists, politicians as well as ordinary citizens. Furthermore, the exhibition displays portraits in which the sitter’s identity has been forgotten.

The exhibition also displays portrait miniatures from the Karl Hedman Collection.

The exhibition is produced by Sinebrychoff Art Museum and curated by Kirsi Eskelinen and Reetta Kuojärvi-Närhi.

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


The von Wright Brothers