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The Urajärvi Manor Museum

For almost 250 years, Urajärvi Manor belong to the Baltic-German von Heideman family. The last members of the family, Lilly von Heideman (1849-1917) and her brother Hugo (1851-1915) von Heideman bequeathed their dear manorial home to be kept as a museum. The Empire style main building presents the interior of the von Heidemans' home and its rich atmosphere from the turn of the 19th and 20th centuries. An old wing of the manor contains a museum already established by brother and sister von Heidemans during their lifetime, contains older artefacts belonging to the family.

Over time, the main building has changing from its original single-storey, mansard-roofed appearance. The last major change to the main building, the addition of a second storey took place in the 1840s. The old wing, i.e. the old museum, was built after the middle of the 18th century. The yard area includes a row of storehouses opposite the old wing and numerous auxiliary structures. The Urajärvi Manor Museum is one of Finland's oldest museums of its kind, having been opened to the public in 1928.

The grounds of the manor include an English-style park with "Master Hugo's path". The path leads to an outlook site known as Valhalla, with a semicircular colonnade resembling a temple from Antiquity. Valhalla provides a view over the adjacent lake.

The museum is maintained by the National Board of Antiquities.

Address: Kartanontie, 17150 Urajärvi

Open 2013: from June 1st to August 31th Wed - Sun 11 am to 5 pm.

Admission to the museum only in the company of a guide. Guided tours in Finnish at hourly intervals. For tours in English enquire at ticket desk. The price of the tour is included in the entry fee.

Further information: http://www.nba.fi/en/urajarvi_manor