The Serlachius museum and awesome architecture


I visited the Serlachius museum today and was really taken by the beauty of the place. It was breathtaking! The museum is located in Mänttä-Vilppula, which prides itself being an art town. The town applied for the status of Europe Capital of Culture in 2011, but Turku received the honor (and boy that was one awesome year!).

I wish I could say who the Serlachius was, but I really cannot as I was there only for work stuff and didn’t really have time to get to know about the place. I know that the Serlachiuses were an industrial family specializing in milling and they were big on fine arts. The Serlachious brand Serla is actually a toilet paper brand.

The whole estate is now an art museum and for some reason they said it was okay to take pictures on the estate as long as I didn’t use flash. In my experience, museums aren’t really keen on photographers. I tried to focus my photography on the architecture and find some interesting perspectives. Here is what I got as a result:

The entrance to the museum was an interesting one as there was a strange statue in the middle of it all.

Some kind of messiah figure with eyes closed. The entrance really set the mood for some artsy stuff!



The restaurant was nice and the food they served was delicious although a bit salty. I’d ask for low salt serving.


Today the weather was really on my side. All the reflections in the architecture really showed their best side.

Chairs for sunbathing. The museum is a popular place to spend time. The town of Mänttä-Vilppula is having art weeks during the summer so there are a lot of things to see there besides this museum.

This was my favourite part of the structure. Those pillars and the light!



The pillars from another angle and the crazy summer reflections!


Mark Wallinger Mark exhibition was very graphic and the whole area was very inspiring.

The details of the area were really well thought out.

The older part of the museum was dedicated to a more classic art exhibition. The quarters were much tighter, but the aesthetics were still pretty nice.

This bridge brought the newer structure and the older structure together.

This pal had a black counterpart too. Check my Instagram @nokkosphotoblog for a photo of that one! 🙂