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The Sepänmäki Crafts Museum

An old settlement of craftsmen's homes and dwellings at Hirvihaara in Mäntsälä has been restored as a museum displaying the life of village craftsmen. Demonstrations of crafts and the popular Country Fair held at the site maintain the traditions of working by hand.

People began to move to Sepänmäki (Blacksmith Hill) in the late 18th century, when common land in the central part of the village was given over to the blacksmith Karl Grönholm. Other craftsmen moved into the area, and by the early 1800s Sepänmäki had a shoemaker, tailor, two carpenters and occasionally other professionals, such as a weaver, blood-letter and a plasterer.

Sepänmäki was at its most active in the second half of the 19th century, when approximately 30 people lived and worked there.
In the 1920s and 1930s life at Sepänmäki grew more quiet as crafts occupations were appreciated less. Some of the buildings, such as the blacksmith's and tailor's cabins remained occupied, while others were abandoned or torn down. Horses were still shoed and other blacksmithing work was carried out at the smithy in the 1960s.

In the late 1960s, the area began to restored as a museum, and the structures that had been torn down were replaced with similar houses and cabins from other parts of Mäntsälä. The area was developed to its present appearance in the mid-1970s. There are now over 20 restored structures at Sepänmäki: the cabins of a blacksmith, tailor, weaver, carpenter, shoemaker and blood-letter as well as a smithy, café, threshing shed, windmill, chimneyless smoke sauna, storehouses and outbuildings.

A Country Fair is held in the museum area on the second Sunday of August and the Sepän Soitto folk music festival is held at the beginning of summer every second year.

The museum is maintained by the municipality of Mäntsälä.

Address: 04680 Hirvihaara
Open: 1.7. - 6.8.2010 Mon.- Fri. 10 a.m. - 3 p.m., Mon. closed, also closed at Midsummer .
Entrance: Adults € 4,50 , children (ages 7- 15) € 2 , pensioners and students € 3,50, groups (minimum 10 persons) €3,50/ person, € 2/person for groups of day-care children and schoolchildren (supervisors/adults: free of charge), family ticket € 10 (2 adults + 2 children )
Guided tours: approx. 1 hr., advance booking for groups
Enquiries: curator Sirkku Mäkelä tel. (019) 689 0214, summer months tel. (019) 688 8070, sepanmaki(at)mantsala.fi
Further information: The Koskelan Kahvitupa café is open during museum hours, tel. (019) 689 0404 or (019) 688 8070.
The Sepänmäki Country Fair 8.8.2010 10 am-2 pm.