How to reach us

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


Tickets (1.6.2014 onwards)
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)


(The Tikanoja Art Museum and Kuntsi Museum of Modern Art)
E-mail: firstname.lastname@vaasa.fi

Administration and finance

Acting Museum Director
Peltonen, Riina (1.1.-31.3.2015)
+358 (0)6 325 3922, +358 (0)40 353 7377
Museum Director Selma Green
(Acting Museum Director at the Osthrobotnian Museum 1.1.-31.12.2014)
mobile +358 40 687 4694
Museum Administrator Heli Stenbacka
tel. +358 6 325 3923
Museum Registrar Anniina Pääkkönen
tel. +358 6 325 3928
mobile +358 40 1768 768
Press Officer Hannele Kyrönlahti
tel. +358 6 325 3924
mobile +358 40 192 3891


Curator Riina Peltonen
tel. +358 6 325 3917
mobile +358 40 353 7377
Curator Pamela Andersson
(on leave 1.1.-31.12.2015)
substitute Julia Svarvar
tel. +358 6 325 3927
Educational Curator Jenni Niemi
mobile +358 40 184 9250

Customer Service

Museum Service Assistant (Museum Shop) Maiju Nyqvist-Alho
(on leave until 22.12.2015)
substitute Minna Perälä
mobile + 358 40 183 1288
Museum Service Assistant (Guided tours) Salla Mällinen
mobile + 358 40 356 4870
Expedition guard Joona Ekroos
mobile +358 400 789 888

Technical Staff

Technician Juhani Pukkinen

mobile +358 40 520 3564
Technician Matti Raudaskoski
mobile +358 40 520 3563


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

Exhibitions and events 2015:

During the special exhibitions the artworks from the Tikanoja collection are not on display.



23 May - 30 August 2015 at the Tikanoja Art Museum

Albert Edelfelt, The Luxembourg Gardens, Paris, 1887

The main exhibition of the year at Tikanoja Art Museum is the Art collection of Doctor “million” H.F. Antell. Herman Frithiof Antell, Lic. Med., who was born in 1847 in Vaasa and died in 1893 in Paris, France, is known for his major donation to the Finnish National Gallery. The summer exhibition at Tikanoja Art Museum will offer a unique opportunity for the art public in this part of the country to become acquainted with Antell’s classical art collection in the Ateneum Art Museum as well as with the collector’s colourful life story. Thanks to the research by Docent Tuukka Talvio, we have been provided with new information on the subject.This is the first exhibition to shed more light on the years the collector spent in Vaasa.

The exhibition produced by Tikanoja Art Museum will include both art acquired by Antell himself and notable works of Finnish art history purchased after his death.The Ateneum Art Museum has loaned for the exhibition a number of pearls of the Antell collection, such as The Luxembourg Gardens, Paris (1887) and In the Outer Archipelago (1898) by Albert Edelfelt, Boy with a Crow (1884) and Démasquée (1888) by Akseli Gallén-Kallela, as well as sculptures by Auguste Rodin acquired by Antell from the artist. Other artists on display in the exhibition are Gunnar Berndtson, Eero Järnefelt, Hugo Simberg, Werner Holmberg, Victor Westerholm, Maria Wiik and Alexander Lauréus.

Albert Edelfelt, The Luxembourg Gardens, Paris, 1887. Antell Collections, Ateneum Art Museum. Photo: Finnish National Gallery / Hannu Aaltonen


A thematic exhibition on coffee culture

21 March - 10 May 2015 at the Tikanoja Art Museum

Albert Edelfelt, Morning Coffee, 1884.

This spring, Tikanoja Art Museum is presenting an exhibition with the theme of coffee. The culture of coffee will be viewed from various thematic angles, such as unhurried moments at home over a cup of coffee, café life in towns and enjoyable coffee parties out in the open.

Coffee drinking originated in Ethiopia two thousand years ago, and from there it spread through the Arabian Peninsula to Turkey reaching Europe in the late 17th century. In the 19th century, in the vanguard of colonialism in Africa and South America, coffee drinking became more and more popular. In the 20th and 21st century, the position of coffee is stronger than ever.

Finland has the highest per capita coffee consumption in the world. Visitors to the exhibition can familiarise themselves with artworks from several different collections in Finland, for example from Ateneum Art Museum and Serlachius Museums, not forgetting art, cultural-historical artefacts and historical archival pictures from Vaasa City museums' own collections.

Image: Albert Edelfelt, Morning Coffee, 1884,  Ateneum Art Museum. Finnish National Gallery / Janne Mäkinen




12 September 2015 - 10 January 2016 at the Tikanoja Art Museum

The exhibition year at Tikanoja Art Museum will end with a display of Yrjö A. Jäntti’s collection.

This art collection donated to the city of Porvoo by Yrjö A. Jäntti, the former CEO of the publishing company WSOY, is now coming to Tikanoja Art Museum, where more than a hundred artworks from this large and versatile collection will be seen. The collection of the enthusiastic art collector Yrjö A. Jäntti represents Finnish art from the late 19th century to the 1980s. The exhibition offers a wide spectrum of the art and artists in Finland. The collection includes paintings, graphics, drawings, sculptures and medals.

Yrjö A. Jäntti (1905–1985) had a long career working for WSOY since 1926. During the period 1952–1968, he was CEO of the publishing company. He also held several positions of trust within the publishing sector.

Image: Yrjö A. Jäntti. WSOY Photograph Archives.


Exhibitions 2014:

ON THE SHORES OF THE LAKE - Tuusula Artist Community

8 March - 1 June 2014 at the Tikanoja Art Museum

Around the turn of the 20th century, an artist community grew on the eastern shore of Lake Tuusula when a number of leading representatives of Finnish cultural life moved to live and work there with their families: the writer Juhani Aho and the artist Venny Soldan-Brofeldt, the composer Jean Sibelius, the painters Eero Järnefelt and Pekka Halonen, and the poet J. H. Erkko.The exhibition presents the life of the community through the works of the artists who lived on the shores of Lakes Tuusula: how it was to live and work beside the lake and how the environment inspired the artists. The exhibition explores the exceptional lifestyle and art of the artists and friends during a culturally and politically interesting period. The exhibition is produced by the Ateneum Art Museum. The exhibition is curated by Riitta Konttinen and Anna-Maria von Bonsdorff.

Image: Pekka Halonen: From the garden, 1913. Finnish National Gallery. Photo: Kirsi Halkola.


COLLECTOR'S HEART - Frithjof Tikanoja and his collection

14 June - 17 August 2014 at the Tikanoja Art Museum

This summer, at the request of the public, Tikanoja Art Museum will present its art collection, but this time viewed from a new perspective and supplemented with photographs from the museum’s archive. The focus of the exhibition Collector’s Heart is on Commercial Counsellor Frithjof Tikanoja (1877–1964), during his lifetime a notable person in Vaasa’s business and cultural life. One of his most significant legacies is the donation of his home, including its art collection, to the city of Vaasa.

The exhibition tells about the creation of the art collection, which came into being in the first half of the 20th century when Tikanoja collected works to decorate the walls of his home. The collection did not emerge from nothing, but was the result of various influences such as the collector’s person, preferences and motives, the era and the environment. The exhibition will also feature Tikanoja’s family which, along with Frithjof Tikanoja, consisted of his wife Ruusa, their seven children and dog, Tessu. From old photographs taken from the interior we can see what the home looked like in the 1920s and where the works were originally placed.

In conjunction with the exhibition, a new mobile guide On a Ride with Frits – a Mobile Tour in Vaasa in the early 1900s will be launched by the museum. The tour is located in the centre of Vaasa and its surroundings, revealing secrets of the city's history. The application can be downloaded (in Finnish and in Swedish) to smart phones free of charge from the website frits.citynomadi.com.

Image: Frithjof Tikanoja and his dog Tessu. Tikanoja Art Museum Archives.


30 August - 23 November 2014 at the Tikanoja Art Museum

In 2011, the interdisciplinary-scientific art group SJÄHLÖ 9 became interested in the isolated island of Själö, situated in the Turku Archipelago in the municipality of Nagu. Själö has been a place to quarantine people affected with leprosy since the 1600's. In 1785, the hospital isolated patients with mental illness, retardation, epilepsy and also the elderly. In 1889, all male patients were relocated to the newly built hospital on the mainland. The female patients were left on the island. The art group SJÄHLÖ 9 has familiarized themselves with the island and its history with assistance from the scientific research that has been made.

The documentation that has been collected about the fate of the Själö patients gives one the opportunity to examine the typifying of madness and otherness. The SJÄHLÖ 9 group has brought forth themes that are opposite yet overlapping: normal-abnormal; culture-nature; reason-body; normal femininity-aberrant femininity; health-illness. The group´s artists and scientists work close together and weld together phenomena such as exclusion, otherness, deviation and ostracism from a universal perspective.

The SJÄHLÖ 9 group: Christine Candolin, Juhani Ihanus, Antero Kahila, Catharina Kajander, Tellervo Kalleinen, Tuija Lampinen, Solveig Lehtonen, Leena Mäki-Patola, Kirsi Poutanen, Kirsi Mattila, Juha Pyykkönen and Elina Waris. The previous exhibitions have been presented at Hyvinkää Art Museum and at the Nordic House in Reykjavík, Iceland.

Guided tours in the exhibition on Sundays. Guided tours are included in the price of admission will be organised on Sundays at 2 pm in Finnish and at 1 pm in Swedish. Guided tours in English are available by appointment.

Image: The Sjählö 9 group.


Photographic Fantasies of the Early 20th Century

13 December 2014 - 8 March 2015

The Surreal Illusionism exhibition at Tikanoja Art Museum features photographic postcards that offer a surprising wealth of pictorial ideas, high artistic quality and photographic allure. Surreal fantasies, mysterious dreams, role-play, glamorous divas and irony are running wild in the postcards. All these will transport viewers into the fascinating, forgotten golden era of industrial photography in the early 20th century and the early history of modern photographic art.

The golden age of photographic postcards drew on the urban popular culture that began to emerge in the early 20th century. The rise of the cinema, the modern culture of sun-bathing, eroticism, circus and variety shows inspired the imagery of the cards. Technical innovations, such as the aeroplane, stimulated the imagination. In the 1920s and 1930s, a group of avant-garde artists and poets began to draw inspiration from dreams, fantasy and the depths of the unconscious. An art movement known as surrealism emerged. The photographic postcards presented at the exhibition were "surrealist" before the word was even invented!

The curator of the exhibition is art researcher, docent Harri Kalha. The exhibition is produced by The Finnish Museum of Photography.

Image: Neue Photographische Gesellschaft (NPG), Berlin, Germany 1910.


Artwork at the top of the page: Nature Morte by Henri Matisse (portion). The Tikanoja Art Museum.