Sartenada's photo blog / Blog de foto de Sartenada

February 2, 2011

Open-air museum in Lieksa / Museo al aire libre en Lieksa / Musée en plein air á Lieksa

In English:

The open air museum in the town of Lieksa is consisting of 70 buildings. These buildings are presenting historic houses with their authentic furniture from 19th and 20th centuries. Oldest houses are from 17th century.

By car this museum can be reached in 6 to 7 hours from Helsinki, depending from how many coffee breaks is held.

En español:

El museo al aire libre en la ciudad de Lieksa está formado por 70 edificios. Los edificios son casas históricas presentando sus muebles auténticos de los siglos 19 y 20. Casas más antiguos son del siglo 17.

Para visitar este museo en carro puede tomar de 6 a 7 horas de Helsinki dependiendo de la duración de pausas para el café y cuántas veces.

En francais:

Le musée en plein air dans la ville de Lieksa est constitué de 70 bâtiments. Les bâtiments présentent les maisons historiques avec leurs meubles authentiques du 19ème et 20ème siècles. Les maisons plus anciennes sont du 17ème siècle.

Voyageant en voitures il peut durer 6 ou 7 heures pour attaindre ce musée de Helsinki selon les longueurs et les nombres des pauses-café.

Open-air museum in Lieksa / Museo al aire libre en Lieksa / Musée en plein air á Lieksa

Open-air museum in Lieksa / Museo al aire libre en Lieksa / Musée en plein air á Lieksa

Open-air museum in Lieksa / Museo al aire libre en Lieksa / Musée en plein air á Lieksa

Open-air museum in Lieksa / Museo al aire libre en Lieksa / Musée en plein air á Lieksa

Open-air museum in Lieksa / Museo al aire libre en Lieksa / Musée en plein air á Lieksa

Open-air museum in Lieksa / Museo al aire libre en Lieksa / Musée en plein air á Lieksa

Open-air museum in Lieksa / Museo al aire libre en Lieksa / Musée en plein air á Lieksa

Open-air museum in Lieksa / Museo al aire libre en Lieksa / Musée en plein air á Lieksa

Open-air museum in Lieksa / Museo al aire libre en Lieksa / Musée en plein air á Lieksa

Open-air museum in Lieksa / Museo al aire libre en Lieksa / Musée en plein air á Lieksa

Open-air museum in Lieksa / Museo al aire libre en Lieksa / Musée en plein air á Lieksa

Open-air museum in Lieksa / Museo al aire libre en Lieksa / Musée en plein air á Lieksa

Open-air museum in Lieksa / Museo al aire libre en Lieksa / Musée en plein air á Lieksa

Open-air museum in Lieksa / Museo al aire libre en Lieksa / Musée en plein air á Lieksa

Open-air museum in Lieksa / Museo al aire libre en Lieksa / Musée en plein air á Lieksa

Open-air museum in Lieksa / Museo al aire libre en Lieksa / Musée en plein air á Lieksa

Open-air museum in Lieksa / Museo al aire libre en Lieksa / Musée en plein air á Lieksa

Open-air museum in Lieksa / Museo al aire libre en Lieksa / Musée en plein air á Lieksa

Open-air museum in Lieksa / Museo al aire libre en Lieksa / Musée en plein air á Lieksa

Open-air museum in Lieksa / Museo al aire libre en Lieksa / Musée en plein air á Lieksa

Open-air museum in Lieksa / Museo al aire libre en Lieksa / Musée en plein air á Lieksa

Open-air museum in Lieksa / Museo al aire libre en Lieksa / Musée en plein air á Lieksa

Open-air museum in Lieksa / Museo al aire libre en Lieksa / Musée en plein air á Lieksa

Open-air museum in Lieksa / Museo al aire libre en Lieksa / Musée en plein air á Lieksa

Open-air museum in Lieksa / Museo al aire libre en Lieksa / Musée en plein air á Lieksa

Open-air museum in Lieksa / Museo al aire libre en Lieksa / Musée en plein air á Lieksa

Open-air museum in Lieksa / Museo al aire libre en Lieksa / Musée en plein air á Lieksa

Open-air museum in Lieksa / Museo al aire libre en Lieksa / Musée en plein air á Lieksa

Open-air museum in Lieksa / Museo al aire libre en Lieksa / Musée en plein air á Lieksa

Open-air museum in Lieksa / Museo al aire libre en Lieksa / Musée en plein air á Lieksa

Open-air museum in Lieksa / Museo al aire libre en Lieksa / Musée en plein air á Lieksa

Open-air museum in Lieksa / Museo al aire libre en Lieksa / Musée en plein air á Lieksa

Open-air museum in Lieksa / Museo al aire libre en Lieksa / Musée en plein air á Lieksa

Open-air museum in Lieksa / Museo al aire libre en Lieksa / Musée en plein air á Lieksa

Open-air museum in Lieksa / Museo al aire libre en Lieksa / Musée en plein air á Lieksa

Open-air museum in Lieksa / Museo al aire libre en Lieksa / Musée en plein air á Lieksa

Open-air museum in Lieksa / Museo al aire libre en Lieksa / Musée en plein air á Lieksa

Open-air museum in Lieksa / Museo al aire libre en Lieksa / Musée en plein air á Lieksa

Open-air museum in Lieksa / Museo al aire libre en Lieksa / Musée en plein air á Lieksa

Open-air museum in Lieksa / Museo al aire libre en Lieksa / Musée en plein air á Lieksa

Open-air museum in Lieksa / Museo al aire libre en Lieksa / Musée en plein air á Lieksa

Open-air museum in Lieksa / Museo al aire libre en Lieksa / Musée en plein air á Lieksa

Open-air museum in Lieksa / Museo al aire libre en Lieksa / Musée en plein air á Lieksa

Open-air museum in Lieksa / Museo al aire libre en Lieksa / Musée en plein air á Lieksa

Open-air museum in Lieksa / Museo al aire libre en Lieksa / Musée en plein air á Lieksa

Open-air museum in Lieksa / Museo al aire libre en Lieksa / Musée en plein air á Lieksa

Open-air museum in Lieksa / Museo al aire libre en Lieksa / Musée en plein air á Lieksa

Open-air museum in Lieksa / Museo al aire libre en Lieksa / Musée en plein air á Lieksa

Open-air museum in Lieksa / Museo al aire libre en Lieksa / Musée en plein air á Lieksa

Open-air museum in Lieksa / Museo al aire libre en Lieksa / Musée en plein air á Lieksa

Open-air museum in Lieksa / Museo al aire libre en Lieksa / Musée en plein air á Lieksa

Open-air museum in Lieksa / Museo al aire libre en Lieksa / Musée en plein air á Lieksa

Open-air museum in Lieksa / Museo al aire libre en Lieksa / Musée en plein air á Lieksa

Open-air museum in Lieksa / Museo al aire libre en Lieksa / Musée en plein air á Lieksa

Open-air museum in Lieksa / Museo al aire libre en Lieksa / Musée en plein air á Lieksa

Open-air museum in Lieksa / Museo al aire libre en Lieksa / Musée en plein air á Lieksa

Open-air museum in Lieksa / Museo al aire libre en Lieksa / Musée en plein air á Lieksa

Open-air museum in Lieksa / Museo al aire libre en Lieksa / Musée en plein air á Lieksa

Open-air museum in Lieksa / Museo al aire libre en Lieksa / Musée en plein air á Lieksa

Open-air museum in Lieksa / Museo al aire libre en Lieksa / Musée en plein air á Lieksa

Open-air museum in Lieksa / Museo al aire libre en Lieksa / Musée en plein air á Lieksa

Open-air museum in Lieksa / Museo al aire libre en Lieksa / Musée en plein air á Lieksa

Open-air museum in Lieksa / Museo al aire libre en Lieksa / Musée en plein air á Lieksa

Open-air museum in Lieksa / Museo al aire libre en Lieksa / Musée en plein air á Lieksa

Open-air museum in Lieksa / Museo al aire libre en Lieksa / Musée en plein air á Lieksa

Open-air museum in Lieksa / Museo al aire libre en Lieksa / Musée en plein air á Lieksa

Open-air museum in Lieksa / Museo al aire libre en Lieksa / Musée en plein air á Lieksa

Open-air museum in Lieksa / Museo al aire libre en Lieksa / Musée en plein air á Lieksa

Open-air museum in Lieksa / Museo al aire libre en Lieksa / Musée en plein air á Lieksa

Open-air museum in Lieksa / Museo al aire libre en Lieksa / Musée en plein air á Lieksa

Open-air museum in Lieksa / Museo al aire libre en Lieksa / Musée en plein air á Lieksa

Open-air museum in Lieksa / Museo al aire libre en Lieksa / Musée en plein air á Lieksa

Open-air museum in Lieksa / Museo al aire libre en Lieksa / Musée en plein air á Lieksa

Open-air museum in Lieksa / Museo al aire libre en Lieksa / Musée en plein air á Lieksa

Open-air museum in Lieksa / Museo al aire libre en Lieksa / Musée en plein air á Lieksa

Open-air museum in Lieksa / Museo al aire libre en Lieksa / Musée en plein air á Lieksa

Open-air museum in Lieksa / Museo al aire libre en Lieksa / Musée en plein air á Lieksa

Open-air museum in Lieksa / Museo al aire libre en Lieksa / Musée en plein air á Lieksa

Open-air museum in Lieksa / Museo al aire libre en Lieksa / Musée en plein air á Lieksa

Open-air museum in Lieksa / Museo al aire libre en Lieksa / Musée en plein air á Lieksa

If You love open-air museums, check my other posts / Si Usted le gustan a los museos al aire libre, mira mis otros posts / Si vous aimez musées en plein air, regardez mes autres postes.

Luostarinmäki Handicrafts Museum / Museo de Artesanías Luostarinmäki / Musée de l’Artisanat de Luostarinmäki

26 Comments »

  1. Another great post! and some questions of course too… are these buildings replicas or actual old buildings that have been shifted from other sites? (It’s amazing that they survive as I suppose fire is big risk to all wooden buildings). I can’t see any insulation, and the wood doesn’t appear to be very thick, Would they have to keep a wood fire going inside somewhere all winter long to keep warm?
    That “rope” (made from bark strips or young saplings???) is AMAZING… and very photogenic too, as is the blue and white bowl in the last photo.
    And just look at the height of the smokestacks of the traction engine!(maybe it’s nick-named Pinocchio!)
    Windpower us used by many countries, great to see a windmill here… as usual, so many photos to drool over, Thanks!!!

    Comment by Kiwidutch — February 2, 2011 @ 10:10 | Reply

    • Hello Kiwidutch.

      Oh, thank You. Now I am smiling to myself, because this post was intended to be published on Friday, but obviously I pushed “wrong” button this morning when I made this post and left for shopping.🙂 It happens. LOL.

      The best thing to me is that You was interested in this theme. House have been tranfered from another places to this museum. I think that all the buildings are protected against fire. For example in photo number tree from the top, there is on the door white rectangle with red extinguisher. It means that the building is fire protected. Those straps I like very much, because they show that timber floating raft were using these not ropes!

      Those machines You see in the photo 36 might be somekind og steam machines to make shingles, but I am not sure. What comes to windmilss, ours are different than in Holland. If You selcet under Categories: Windmills, then You can see my collection of them. All wooden.

      Thank For Your comment and visit.

      Have wonderful day!

      Comment by sartenada — February 2, 2011 @ 11:53 | Reply

  2. I just love looking at buildings – old, and ‘interesting’ new ones, but wooden buildings are my favourite. I love the way the wood weathers to browns or greys. The house/barn in number 4 looks different with those lovely balconies.I take it that the steps in front of the windows are just for visitors to look in? Yes, the wooden ropes are very interesting. Are they made from willow, do you know? I am confused by photo 23 – what is it? As well as the buildings, the museum inside has some good exhibits. I do like the old sledges and the woodworking tools in 25. You will have to write another post for Friday now!

    Comment by jackiequeen — February 2, 2011 @ 14:25 | Reply

    • Hi Jackie.

      Number 4 is granary / barn / shed. It was very popular still when I was kid. Originally they were built for food storage. Later it has accommodation space, flea market, warehouse and shop. The ground floor served as a reservoir and the upstairs meeting room. I remember that it was an excellent building for accommodation of guests during the summer, the upper floor, I mean. Those wooden ropes are not made from willow, I am sure, but from which wood, I am not sure. So sorry!

      I should say that 23 is holding just junk. Later, when I better thought about what we saw, I understand that inside houses, there were “treasures” to be photographed. Maybe someday. Some day I’ll show much more beautiful outdoor museum.

      I guess that my next post will be on next Monday, well, we’ll see.

      Thank You for comment and visit.

      Comment by sartenada — February 2, 2011 @ 14:59 | Reply

  3. What a fascinating place to see! There would be so much there to examine besides admiring the old buildings and thinking of the folks who built them and what the skills were that they had to do so. I could spend a day examining the tools in that one building and another admiring the sleighs and carriages! What a place! Thank you for posting those photos!

    Comment by montucky — February 2, 2011 @ 18:16 | Reply

    • Hi Montucky.

      Thank You commenting. Well, You said it so, as I nearly said in my answer to Jacky. I meant that afterwards I realized what a place and I missed so much. Rural history is “heavy” part here in Finland. In older days many of our forefathers lived at country side. The real industrialism started here slowly after WW2.

      I understand in some way these old things and people who lived in these houses, because I spent 12 years at countryside when I was young. One good example is assisting loggers in their log floating. I pushed back those logs to the rivers which were drifted to the river bank.

      Happy Wednesday!

      Comment by sartenada — February 2, 2011 @ 18:35 | Reply

  4. Thanks for taking us along with you to this very interesting open air museum. We have a similar museum in a National Park about two hours from our house, although the buildings in it are not quite as old as the ones in Lieksa. Cades Cove is an old farming area, and the buildings have been preserved and are open for visitors to explore.

    Comment by seniorhiker — February 2, 2011 @ 20:31 | Reply

    • Hi George.

      Very interesting! It is so good that to show how people lived in former days is important. To see photos from books or Internet is not the same thing, than to get an experience and to touch things. Moreover, old objects have their very own fragrance.

      Comment by sartenada — February 3, 2011 @ 08:07 | Reply

  5. Sure was a rustic way of life. Love the carriages and snow sleighs.

    Comment by Preston — February 3, 2011 @ 00:28 | Reply

    • Hello Preston.

      I do love them also. When looking at them, one cannot help but wonder how fast our world changed. For example people came to divine services, when I was young, by horses just using horse carriages. Because our winters are cold there were special horse stables for horses while families were in churches.

      Thank You for Your visit and comment.

      Comment by sartenada — February 3, 2011 @ 08:14 | Reply

  6. That’s such an interesting museum!
    I like the concept of being open air because you can feel the nature so close to you.
    This is like bringing fresh air, trees, etc to indoors.

    Comment by London Caller — February 3, 2011 @ 02:45 | Reply

    • Hi London Caller.

      You are so right about fresh air and etc. In addition to that to see things, houses in their authentic surroundings help us better to understand our world, our past.

      Thank You!

      Comment by sartenada — February 3, 2011 @ 08:18 | Reply

  7. These photos remind me so much of the preserved Finnish homestead in the upper penisula of Michigan. Are the wood ties made out of roots? I spent over 5 minutes looking at tose trying to figure out how they are made. What ever the wood is, I think it would be great for making baskets out of!🙂 Love the photo of the blue and white bowl. http://www.galenfrysinger.com/michigan_hanka_homestead.htm

    Comment by kateri — February 3, 2011 @ 04:37 | Reply

    • Hi Kateri.

      I am sure that those wooden ties are not roots. I have been this problem also and I think that the phenomenon is the same when people are doing Wicker works. In them things are tied by “wet”, not dry willow together. In this case the idea must be the same, bigger and sturdy material, but what it is, I do not know. It might be pinewood, who knows.

      Your link was interesting. Thank You so much.

      Comment by sartenada — February 3, 2011 @ 08:26 | Reply

  8. Wow ! What a great idea… that open air museum must be so interesting to visit ! Thanks for taking us there🙂 Have a lovely day🙂

    Comment by Tamara — February 3, 2011 @ 14:00 | Reply

    • Hi Tamara.

      This museum was the second biggest outdoor museum in Finland. Thank You.

      Have a lovely day You too.

      Comment by sartenada — February 3, 2011 @ 14:52 | Reply

  9. What an amazing place to visit. Each and every object here has character and life. I like the closeup shots and the texture. Excellent work.

    Comment by Saravanan — February 3, 2011 @ 14:08 | Reply

    • Hello Sarito.

      So glad that You find this interesting. In this kind of blog, I think, that is important to show close-up and general view photos. Together they act well.

      Have a wonderful day!

      Comment by sartenada — February 3, 2011 @ 14:55 | Reply

  10. Good morning Matti,
    The visit to an open-air museum is interesting. There you can experience the old days, which for many people hard to imagine. People were rather modest, and I think even happier than some people in this day and age. I’m a fan of windmills and why I like in Figure 12, the windmill. In Figure 14 I would be interested, the importance of the long wooden stem. 18/19/20 The images are also interesting, including the carriages and coaches in the other pictures. The images 26 and 36 are my favorite pictures. It’s nice to see two nice people.
    In our region I visited, in 2010, also an open air museum with half-timbered houses. I thank you for allowing me to watch this series and look forward to the next. We wish you and Anja, all the best and health on your common everyday ways. Thank you for all your nice comments. Dear greetings Christel and Detlev

    Comment by Christel — February 4, 2011 @ 03:30 | Reply

    • Guten morgen, Christel.

      I am so happy that You looked at my photos. You are so right when saying that: “for many people hard to imagine”, yes, because life has changed so fast. Life in past days was so different than nowadays. In the old days life was hard, but physically. Nowadays our daily work is hard too, but mentally and it is very stressing. Everyone is in hurry. Modern employers always require better results. Behind employers there are owners of course, but are they careering that people get tired and emotional well-being suffers.

      Thus, I have been wondering every now and then what we leave for future generations to see from our daily life. So, these kinds of museums are good that people stop for a while and start to think daily life, its usefulness, products etc. Are all those articles around us important to us and what we are leaving from them to show future generation that we lived in this way?

      Viele Grüße.

      Comment by sartenada — February 4, 2011 @ 07:33 | Reply

  11. How very rustic and old world. I just love the old buildings. That huge log raft and wood in knots is awesome! And those old time sleighs are something I haven’t seen before. I really enjoyed the photo tour of the museum. This is a place I surely would like to explore. Thanks for the view, Sartenada!🙂

    Comment by Anna — February 5, 2011 @ 19:57 | Reply

    • Hi Anna.

      Thank You. Your text relieved that, those things which are to me self-evidences, are not to others. I mean with this for example sleights. That is interesting thought, because when planning a post, one might think that; does this have any value or interest to others?

      Comment by sartenada — February 6, 2011 @ 08:59 | Reply

  12. Thank you for sharing this adventure with us. Like Anna, I am totally intrigued by the log raft. I love thinking about the people who built this.

    Comment by Tammy McLeod — February 6, 2011 @ 03:49 | Reply

    • Hello Tammy.

      Thank You. Log raft is huge in my eyes. I have seen much smaller on which loggers moved their base to another places. These people were famous here because they managed rafting exceptionally well in white waters and all this standing on raft. In many village they organized some competitions also and occasionally they are organized nowadays too.

      Here is one video that You can get an idea about this (a man standing on a log in white water):

      As You saw, it is not so easy to stand on a log in white water and to come down the downstream.

      Comment by sartenada — February 6, 2011 @ 09:06 | Reply

  13. I like your presentation leading us into this very interesting open-air museum of buildings and I enjoyed what I’ve seen with a better understanding of the life experiences back in those days…thank you for sharing this wonderful subject!

    Comment by Anne — February 19, 2011 @ 13:10 | Reply

    • Hi Anne.

      It was so nice to read that You appreciate to know how people lived in old days and at same time to their buildings, things…

      Thank You!

      Comment by sartenada — February 19, 2011 @ 13:19 | Reply


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