Learning in a fun environment: Vellamo’s many permanent and temporary exhibitions offer something for everyone!

Current exhibitions

Sea Monsters12.4.2019–17.1.2021

Sea Monsters

When the earth was flat and the seas teemed with monsters... The monsters of old naval charts have been brought to life and made concrete: Come in, explore and play! The Sea Monsters exhibition will take you to the dangerous waters of the Carta marina map from 1539....

Body Sensing 8.2.–28.4.2019

Body Sensing

This exhibition produced by the Pori Centre for Children’s Culture and the Pori Art Museum and organised by curator Päivi Setälä reflects the meaning of bodily knowledge and the senses. This exhibition makes noises, smells and feels. The...

Play Town8.1.-31.12.2019

Play Town

Enjoy our Play Town!  Time flies at Play Town in Vellamo. Maritime Centre Vellamo also has many other things to see and do for people of all ages. Can you find all activity points at Vellamo? There are a lot of them, scattered all around the building – good luck in...

Glass for Everyone – Karhula 1889–200919.5.2017–31.1.2022

Glass for Everyone – Karhula 1889–2009

The Karhula glassworks (1889–2009) was one of Finland’s most important glassworks. In the 1930s, Karhula played a key role as Finnish glass design discovered its own language of expression and made its international breakthrough. Although art glass was important,...

Boat HallAn impressive collection of boats from different decades

Boat Hall
An impressive collection of boats from different decades

Beautiful boats and coast guard equipment Boat Hall exhibits an impressive collection of boats from different decades. They have been used for racing and leisure cruising, military and coast guard operations, fishing and rescuing. The centre stage in Boat Hall is...



Glimpses into the history of Kotka and Kymenlaakso Mosaic provides different and even surprising glimpses into the history of Kotka and Kymenlaakso. The aim is to highlight themes, items and pictures from our collections that have not previously been on display in...

North Star, Southern Cross

North Star, Southern Cross

The sea conveys. At the Maritime Museum of Finland you can travel on the surface and in the depths. The sea is a medium for people, goods and ideas.  At the Maritime Museum of Finland you can travel on the sea through time and place, on ships, at ports, in distant...



I and we. The Museum of Kymenlaakso examines the human need to be part of a group but also true to oneself. “Who wouldn’t want to leave their own permanent mark on the world? As long ago as the Stone Age, people left painted handprints on cliffs and thus lived on for...

Upcoming exhibitions

Living Images, Yeastograms30.8.–1.12.2019

Living Images, Yeastograms

Johanna Rotko explores nature in her art. Bacteria, microbes and strange creatures which have grown on growth substrates continue their existence in material cycles. Similar to growths, we humans also exist on earth only for a short time. The exhibition displays...

I do! Stories of Love.7.6.2019–2022

I do! Stories of Love.

Nostalgia, lace and silver linings. This enjoyable exhibition displays wedding dresses and traditions from the 19th century to this day. The journey in the wedding exhibition starts from 19th century bridal crowns and engagement silks and continues through the decades...

Icebreaker Tarmo7.5.-18.8.2019

Icebreaker Tarmo

You can now enjoy a 360-degree virtual tour onboard the Tarmo! The script was created by curator Kerttuli Hoppa and the virtual tour was produced in cooperation with the experts and students of the Metropolia University of Applied Sciences. Start your virtual tour...

Past exhibitions

Harbor27.4.2018 – 12.8.2018

27.4.2018 – 12.8.2018

Satu Loukkola, Tiina Salmi, Jouni Salonen and Annukka Visapää Sculptures, graphics and photographs Harbour. It can represent safety, a destination, mobility and variety. People arrive in the harbour and depart from it. Sometimes it is calm, other times windy. It is...

Great Coastal Road 4.12.2015-30.9.2018

Great Coastal Road 

From riding trail to Coastal Road, from Coastal Road to motorway. Road, road-builders and travellers. Straight and flat. That is what the E18 motorway is like, taking drivers speedily across southern Finland. People have been making their way on this road since the...

Sex and the Sea15.6.2018 – 20.1.2019

Sex and the Sea
15.6.2018 – 20.1.2019

A pin-up girl’s picture on a cabin wall speaks of longing during an excruciatingly slow ocean voyage. This exhibition, put together by international top-level artists Saskia Boddeke and Peter Greenaway, studies the loneliness, lust and eroticism amongst sailors Since...

Lost Lighthouses18.5.2018 – 20.1.2019

Lost Lighthouses
18.5.2018 – 20.1.2019

Lighthouses and lighted beacons are a part of our architectural and cultural history, maritime history and sea safety. They are home islands, fixed points, memories and, in many cases, also battle grounds and innocent victims of the war years. Some lighthouses have...