Museums and Art Exhibitions

Lebell's merchant house

Open: 1.6-31.8 Mon-fri kl.11-17 sat-sun kl. 11-14 Phone +358 (0)40 5085251 or 

Entrance fees: Adults : 4€ Students 2€ Children 1€ Groups over 15 pers. 3€/person

The merchant house of the Lebell family, which is situated on Strandgatan, 100 metres from the market square, familiarises visitors with the life of a merchant’s family in Kristinestad in the 18th and 19th century. The building dates back to 1762 and has been acting as a museum since 1939. The interior of the house is truly authentic. The 17th century baroque hall is the only one of its kind in Finland, with original ceiling paintings and wallpaper, and probably the country’s oldest green tiled stove!

Carlsro museum

Open: 1.6-31.8 Tues-sun 12-16 Cloused on mondays. At other times by agreement Phone: +358 (0)400 830692 or 

Entrance fees: Adults 4€ Students and children 1€

Carlsro museum, which is located on the shores of Lake Storträsket, 5 kilometres to the north of the city, acts as the Kristinestad city museum. The approximately 11,000 artefacts on display in the former three-storey luxury villa comprehensively represent the different historical phases of the region. An additional feature of magnificence is that the artefacts were collected by one man alone – Åke Weckström (1909-1989).

Kilen Local Museum

Open: 1.6-7.8

Entrance fees: Adults 5€ children 2€ (6-17years) Phone +358 (0)40 6845080 or 

Kilen Local Museum, located approximately 30 kilometres to the south of the city centre, consists of several exhibitions, with themes ranging from school to telephone and ship building. The 30 buildings scattered around the museum grounds portray the architecture of the region. In the summer, the site serves as a venue for courses, parties and events. Private boats are welcome at the Kilen visitor mooring.

The Maritime Museum

Open: 15.6-30.8 tue-sun 12-16 At other times by agreement Phone +358(0)40 3590450 or 

Entrance fees: Adults 4€ children 1€

The Maritime Museum is located by the market square, in the attic of an Empire style building, which used to house the sail-making department of the Wendelin shipping company. The museum portrays the challenges involved in the navigation of the olden days when ships left Kristinestad for destinations all over the world – and the tragedy of the many shipwrecks.

The museum captures something that used to be a breath of air from the ways and fashions of the big world – in the 19th century, it made Kristinestad the Paris of the western coast!

A café by the market square is home to a 1:8 miniature model of the barque Alma, a sailing ship that was built in Kristinestad in 1875. Seven thousand and five hundred hours were spent building the enormous ship. The finished result pays homage to the skill that enabled the building of magnificent ships that left Kristinestad via the shores of Tjärholmen in the past centuries.

Galleri Gottorp

Art Center Galleri Gottorp

Welcome to an enchanting art gallery in the countryside outside Kristiinankaupunki. Located in a yard surrounded by old log houses, the art gallery offers visitors several exhibitions, not only art works, but also local history. You can, for example, learn about life in 17th century Kristiinankaupunki and the tragic stories of witch persecutions. The artworks are made by the owner of the gallery, Stina Engvall, but every summer there are also works by visiting artists.

Coffee and homemade cakes are served on the sunny terrace. You can also chat with the Shaman or take a peek into Alice's house where she is having tea with her friends. It is even possible to experience a night up in the treetops and lodge in the barn. For more details, visit the website


At Gallery Gottorp, you'll find two interesting exhibitions about local history. In the 17th century cottage, you can experience daily life in Kristiinankaupunki during the time when the town was founded. In the Witch Museum you can learn about the persecution of innocent women accused of witchcraft. This phenomenon spread from Europe through Sweden to Finland and Ostrobothnia had the most death sentences in the whole of Finland. In Kristiinankaupunki four women were executed and burnt on the stake during 1669-1677.

Gallery Gottorp is open by agreement in May, June, August and September and in July on Tuesdays-Sundays (more details on the website).

Skrattnäsintie 353, 64100 Kristiinankaupunki

Stina Engvall +35840509473

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Galleri Spectra

Galleri Spectra at Koulukatu 10 in Kristiinankaupunki is situated at a few minutes’ walk from the town square. The beautiful restored 19th century house is owned by the local art association Spectra. This is where both local artist and outsiders exhibit their work of art. The gallery can be rented by groups and individual artists. The beautiful rooms with old tiled stoves. wooden floors and log walls  are suitable for all kinds of  art.

If you wish to supervise your exhibition yourself there is also a room to stay overnight. The house provides two well equipped rooms for artists. Since 2018 Spectra has, in cooperation with the Jelema association, welcomed Artists in Residence in June and August. Artists from Japan, Canada, Australia have been very pleased with the working surroundings and found Kristiinankaupunki to be extremely inspiring.

Further information about the Residence activities at

For information about Spectra’s activities and renting costs  contact Tarja Boström, secretary,                                                   e-mail:  or phone: +358 (0)40 747 4606

Galleri Spectra Koulukatu 10 Kristiinankaupunki

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