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 40 353 7377

Magdalena Lindroos
+358 40 704 0194

Museum Assistant
Anne-Lie Haglund
+358 40 704 3027

Museum Assistant
Teemu Vaahtera
Koulukatu 2
+358 40 630 9775

Anja Salminen
Koulukatu 2
+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

Project Coordinator
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

Project Coordinator
Heidi Viljanen
+358 40 649 3232

Regional operations and official functions

Head of  Regional Operations
Erkki Salminen
Koulukatu 2
+358 40 840 5862

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 

Museum Assistant
Janne Holmgren
Koulukatu 2

Support services

Financial Secretary
Johanna Laitinen   
Koulukatu 2
+358 6 325 3788

Marja Lehesvuo
Koulukatu 2
+358 6 325 3782
+358 40 744 3782

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.

Russian Masters - from Aivazovsky To Repin

20 May – 25 September 2016

The exhibition will provide a cross-section of 19th century Russian art from romantic landscapes to realistic portraits. The works include elaborate seascapes, serene rural scenes, folk tale motifs and portraits. Works from about thirty artists from Finnish art collections will be on display as well as pieces from private collections shown in public for the first time.

The early 19th century was a restless time in Russia. Democracy and radical thinking were gaining ground. A wide social campaign arose for the abolition of serfdom. Artists also participated actively in the public debate. They started to take an interest in their own era and the Russian people. In the exhibition, artists representing that time are Sylvester Shchedrin, Ivan Aivazovsky, Alexey Bogolyubov and Karl Bryullov.

Ivan Aivazovsky (1817−1900) was a Russian Romantic landscape painter. He was fascinated by extreme weather conditions and the sea in all its manifestations. The Bay of Naples (1844) is a romantic seascape depicting a drowsy, almost stagnant ambience at sunset.

In the latter half of the 19th century, nearly all significant Russian artists belonged toPeredvizhniki, the Wanderers. The founders of the movement left the Imperial Academy of Arts and formed an artists’ cooperative free of academic restrictions. These wandering artists reformed Russian fine arts into a more realistic direction. Their works started to show social criticism and a strong political dimension. The Wanderers were not accepted to exhibit their art in galleries. Instead, they brought art to people and organised their own travelling exhibitions in the countryside in 1870−1923.

Our exhibition includes interpretations of the notion of landscape of the time by some of these wandering artists, such as Isaac Levitan, Ivan Shishkin, Vasily Polenov and Mikhail Clodt. Ivan Shishkin’s (1832−1898) favourite topic was the forest. Analytical studies of nature were typical of his art. His works seem very real with the peaceful atmosphere of the forest. In his work Landscape he takes the viewer with him to the wooded path.

The exhibition has several works by Ilya Repin (1844−1930): paintings, watercolours and drawings. Repin depicted his surroundings in a deliciously exuberant and direct way without shunning social criticism.

Moreover, a privately owned high-quality collection of Ilya Repin’s pen and ink drawings will be exhibited for the first time since it was shown in Ateneum Art Museum twenty years ago.

The exhibition has been produced by Sinebrychoff Art Museum. The curators of the exhibition is Kirsi Eskelinen and Reetta Kuojärvi-Närhi.

Ivan Aivazovski, The Bay of Naples, 1844. Photo: Finnish National Gallery / Hannu Aaltonen
Ivan Shishkin, Landscape, undated. Photo: Finnish National Gallery / Janne Mäkinen


Jugend exhibition

7.10.2016 – 26.2.2017


Jugend, in other words art nouveau (1890-1915) is a style which was born in contrast to the industrial and overly decorated eclecticism. Most clearly the style shapes can be seen in buildings, furniture, the art industry and textiles. The ideal was complete works of art; where complete homes were decorated in the same style accordingly, no matter if it was fireplaces, windows, furniture, textiles or individual objects. The characteristics for the style were wave forms and themes from the nature. During the same time nationalism grew in our country, and along with that came the National Romanticism, which was influenced by the Middle Ages and Kalevala among others. In Finland Jugend and National Romanticism were closely interwoven together.

In the exhibition in Tikanoja Art Museum one can amongst others see home interiors combined by objects and textiles within the style. One can also admire Jugend style buildings in Vaasa and fashion from the turn of the centuries through pictures.

Exhibited are amongst others the dining room furniture designed by Louis Sparren in 1898, inspired by a Middle Age House of the Nobility, which was produced in the Iris factory. The products from the Iris factory got a lot of attention in the Finnish Pavilion at the World Fair in Paris 1900, as did the Flame wall rug designed by Akseli Gallen-Kallela, of which a reproduction is exhibited.

The middle floor of the art museum is dedicated to the art of the period. Ateneum has lent us sketches of the Garland of Life frescoes, which Hugo Simberg painted for the Tampere Cathedral (built 1902-1907) and sketches of the altarpiece by Magnus Enckell. Furthermore there are National Romanticist paintings, such as “Autumn landscape from Koli” by Eero Järnefelt, symbolist graphics by Gallen-Kallela and Simberg as well as sculptures by Ville Vallgren.

Items from the exhibition, Ostrobothnian Museum, photo: Markus Paavola (composition Mia Damberg).