The Finnish Labour Museum Werstas is a museum in Tampere. The museum specialises in social history as well as recording, researching and exhibiting the history of work and workers. Our versatile exhibitions and lively event activities guarantee a continuous abundance of things to see and do at Werstas. Admission to Werstas is always free. Drop by or explore our exhibitions for a whole day. Rain or shine, our doors are open – Werstas is your living room in the heart of the city.
Werstas is the largest free museum in Finland. Welcome!
Väinö Linnan aukio 8
Tel. +358 10 420 9220
The museum is open Tuesday-Sunday, 11.00 am – 6.00 pm. Admission to Werstas is always free.
The museum is closed (in 2016): 25 Mar, 28 Mar, 24-26 Jun, 6 Dec, 24-26 Dec
The museum store is open
Mon 8.30 am – 3.30 pm
Tue-Fri 8.30 am – 5.45 pm
Sat-Sun 11.00 am – 5.45 pm
Check out our museum store online! (Finnish/English)
Step into our delightful 1910-style cooperative store, admire our huge steam engine or familiarise yourself with our exhibitions that do more than just scratch the surface. Our exhibitions are always free of charge – welcome!
Meirän kaupunki (Our town)
The museum’s main exhibition portrays the changes in working life, workers’ dwellings and the phases of the civic society in the 20th century. The exhibition allows you to familiarise yourself with a beginning-of-the-century cooperative store, Workers’ Savings Bank and People’s Hall.
The Steam Engine Museum
houses the largest steam engine ever used in Finland. The giant Sulzer machine, deployed in 1900, functioned as a power source for the Finlayson factory and it still stands in its original location.
Our own co-op
Our own co-op tells a story of the Finnish progressive cooperative movement and the Finnish consumer society in the 20th century. The co-op began in 1917 and, with its production facilities and shops, it quickly became a significant player in the Finnish economy. It was also a significant builder of the Finnish society and a shaper of the Finnish lifestyle. Werstas owns Finland’s largest cooperative collections that are on display in a versatile manner at the exhibition.
The paper, pulp and paper processing industries have brought wealth and wellbeing to Finland for more than hundred years and paper workers have had an active and important role in society. Workers founded also a national trade union at Tampere in 1906. The Paper Workers exhibition tells about work in paper factories, how it has changed and how globalization and structural changes in Finnish society have changed the life of the paper workers.
Museum of Freedom
As a joint effort, the labour movement will build a new Museum of Freedom in Tampere in order to honour the jubilee of Finland’s independence and anniversary of the civil war. The museum’s driving value is freedom and its approach to freedom is positive. True freedom happens in a responsible manner and in joint collaboration, which is only possible in a functioning democracy. At the Museum of Freedom, freedom is discussed in terms of people and their daily life and the aspects of freedom and what they have meant in various times are pondered: freedom from hunger, freedom of speech, freedom to participate and organise and even the opportunity to take your child to daycare and study. The exhibition tells the story about the construction of the independent Finland – a country that existed as a class society under the Russian rule – into a welfare state. The exhibition is also connected to www.tyovaenliike.fi, where study materials, historical information and details about the historical events of the labour movement are available. The Museum of Freedom is a part of the Finland100 initiative.
Children of America
16.6. – 3.12.2017
The exhibition presents a touching picture of children as the creators of the American dream and offers a documentary-like viewpoint into the lives of working class families, housing conditions as well as education in cities and the countryside in the beginning of the last century. The exhibition entity also shares stories of immigrants with European backgrounds and how they strived toward a better life. Investigative photographer and sociologist Lewis Hine (1874-1940) documented children’s working and living conditions in the United States in 1908 and 1924. The Library of Congress houses this collection of approximately 5,500 photos, from which the photos at the exhibition were obtained.
Søren Zeuth: Rana Plaza Fashion
Rana Plaza Fashion, the exhibition by Søren Zeuth, a Danish photographer, highlights the dark side of the global clothing manufacturing industry and encourages people to consume in a responsible manner. The worst catastrophe of the textile industry occurred in Dhaka, Bangladesh, when the Rana Plaza building collapsed on April 24, 2013, killing over 1,100 employees. Zeuth has photographed people who were rescued from the factory and the relatives of those who perished, as they were still looking through the rubble for their loved ones’ bodies a year after the incident. In addition to personal profiles, the exhibition showcases photos of the collapsed building and remains of the employees’ clothes.
Contact details of the staff
The Finnish Labour Museum Werstas
Väinö Linnan aukio 8
tel. +358 10 420 9220
E-mail addresses: firstname.lastname@example.org
Deputy Head of Collections
tel. +358 50 440 1159
tel. +358 10 420 9225
(on leave until 2017, deputy Aarno Karjalainen)
Head of Administration
Senior Researcher (Lenin Museum)
tel. +358 10 420 9238
Head of Exhibitions
tel. +358 10 420 9263
tel. +358 10 420 9261, +358 40 716 7520
Head of Marketing
tel. +358 10 420 9265
Deputy Head of Administration
tel. +358 10 420 9262
tel. +358 10 420 9266
tel. + 358 10 420 9269
tel. +358 10 420 9237
p. +358 10 420 9231
tel. +358 10 420 9267
Senior Researcher (The Finnish Museum of the Deaf)
tel. +358 40 528 6982
Head of Visitor Services
tel. +358 10 420 9227
(on leave until 2018, deputy Anne Lahtinen)
tel. +358 10 420 9221
tel. + 358 10 420 9229
tel. +358 10 420 9228