The Finnish Labour Museum

Come to Werstas

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!


Olli-Pekka Latvala



Väinö Linnan aukio 8
33210 Tampere
Tel. +358 10 420 9220


Werstas is located in Tampere, in the historic Finlayson factory area. See how easily you will find us!
All found items are taken to Pirkanmaan Löytötavaratoimisto lost property office.


Opening hours

The museum is open Tuesday-Sunday, 11.00 am – 6.00 pm.


The museum is closed (in 2019):  19 Apr, 22 Apr, 21-23 Jun, 6 Dec, 24-26 Dec


The museum store is open
Mon 8.30 am – 3.30 pm
Tue-Fri 8.30 am – 6 pm
Sat-Sun 11.00 am – 6 pm


Check out our museum store online! (Finnish/English)


Read more about accessibility.




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!


Museum of Liberty

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. At the Museum of Liberty, 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 Museum of Liberty is a part of the Finland100 initiative.



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.





Theme exhibitions


From 1919 Onwards

2/15/2019 – 5/5/2019




In 1919, the lives of the working class slowly began to go back to normal after the civil war. Newly independent and increasingly prosperous, Finland needed workers to help build a new and better state. Even though workers were still recovering from the war and struggling with its chaotic aftermath, they managed to push through the hardships and focus on the future. Cultural and educational activities became an important part of the labourers’ leisure time. In Finland, basic education was made compulsory in 1921, which opened up new and exciting possibilities for the children of working class families. “From 1919 Onwards” portrays the life of the diligent working class in the 1920s and 1930s through photos and sound. The photos are from the collections of the Finnish Labour Museum Werstas, the Labour Archives and the People’s Archives.




The Story of Kindergarten Teachers



The exhibition highlights the importance of a good childhood and high-quality early childhood education, and celebrates the Kindergarten Teachers Union of Finland, which is almost one hundred years old. The exhibition explores everyday life in kindergartens and the work of kindergarten teachers in the face of societal changes. The timeline of the exhibition extends from the early development of the welfare state all the way up to the present day, the era of cost cuts and information technology. Even though the exhibition addresses current challenges in early childhood education, including recent problems with indoor air, it also explores the experiences and shares the cherished memories of several Finnish generations. The exhibition is intended for the whole family!



Workman’s Saturday



The “Workman’s Saturday” exhibition explores the alcohol culture of Finnish workers. A hundred years ago, the state aimed to reduce the temptations of alcohol by establishing a national prohibition act in 1919. The prohibition act and the problems it posed provide the starting point for the exhibition, however, the exhibition also explores the drinking strike of the 19th century, the labour movement’s radical resistance to the prohibition of alcohol. The exhibition explores the fight against moonshine production, the introduction of medium-strength beer in grocery stores in 1969, and the effects of advertisement, social work related to substance abuse and the establishment of the European Union. Decade after decade, Finns have argued passionately over alcohol, both for and against it. The history of beer is one of the central themes in the exhibition, as drinking beer has always been part of the working-class culture.



Sounds of Changes


“Sounds of Changes” explores the soundscape of Finland in 2018. The exhibition is based on documentary work conducted by the Labour Museum Werstas under the international “Sounds of Changes” project. The exhibition features a soundscape collage composed of various audio recordings collected during 2018. The exhibition is an acoustic journey that begins in the Finnish countryside and takes the visitor to town squares, public events, workplaces and recreational settings. The journey will also introduce you to the soundscapes of the past where you can hear the hammering of a blacksmith and the twanging of a Finnish zither.

See also the project site: Sound of Changes




Contact  information of the staff

The Finnish Labour Museum Werstas
Väinö Linnan aukio 8
33210 Tampere
tel. +358 10 420 9220


E-mail addresses:


Leena Ahonen
Head of Collections
tel. +358 10 420 9264


Hanna Hannila
Head of Administration
tel. +358 10 420 9262


Mia Heinimaa
Special Researcher (Lenin Museum)
tel. +358 10 420 9238


Ulla Jaskari
Head of Exhibitions
tel. +358 10 420 9263


Kalle Kallio
Museum Director
tel. +358 10 420 9261, +358 40 716 7520
(on leave till Nov 30, 2019, substitute Ulla Rohunen)


Minna Karhunsaari
Head of Marketing
tel. +358 10 420 9265


Kimmo Kestinen
Senior Advisor
tel. +358 10 420 9266


Kamilla Kilponen
Customer Service Coordinator (Lenin Museum)
tel. + 358 10 420 9269


Anne Lahtinen
Head of Visitor Services
Substitute for Ulla Rohunen
tel. +358 104 209 237


Kati Lehtinen
Visual Designer
tel. +358 10 420 9231


Emilia Lemmetyinen
Project Researcher
tel. +358 504 401 192


Sanna Moskari
Customer Service Coordinator (The Finnish Labour Museum)
tel. +358 104 209 221


Juha Mäkelä
Museum Technician
tel. +358 10 420 9267


Tiina Naukkarinen
Senior Researcher (The Finnish Museum of the Deaf)
tel. +358 40 528 6982
(on leave)


Olli Nordling
Museum Educator
Subtitute for Anne Lahtinen
tel. +358 50 441 8697


Ulla Rohunen
Museum Director (substitute for Kalle Kallio)
tel. +358 10 420 9227


Marita Viinamäki
tel. + 358 10 420 9229


Hanna Yli-Hinkkala
Museum Educator
tel. +358 10 420 9228


The Finnish Labour Museum Werstas
Väinö Linnan aukio 8
33210 Tampere
tel. +358 10 420 9220