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
33210 Tampere, Finland
Tel. +358 10 420 9220
Werstas is located in Tampere, in the old Finlayson factory area.
See how easily you will find us!
Tuesday-Sunday, 11.00 am – 6.00 pm.
The museum is closed in 2021:
The museum shop is open
Mon 8.30 am – 3.30 pm
Tue-Fri 8.30 am – 6 pm
Sat-Sun 11.00 am – 6 pm
Step into our delightful 1910-style cooperative store, admire the 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!
The exhibition tells the two-hundred-year-old story of industry in Tampere as part of the global Industrial Revolution.
The exhibition introduces visitors to the joys and sorrows of everyday life in the industrial city. The Industry Museum explores the history of the local factories, products manufactured in Tampere and people employed by industry. The exhibition also showcases modern-day know-how in Tampere.
The Industry Museum is an excellent attraction for the whole family. Activity areas provide an opportunity to explore, draw, play and take a stand.
The exhibition is completed in cooperation between the Finnish Labour Museum Werstas and the Museum Centre Vapriikki. The Industry Museum is implemented with the help of the Museum Vision grant awarded by the Finnish Cultural Foundation.
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 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. The flywheel has an impressive diameter of more than eight meters.
What job would you have, if you could do anything at all? What sort of labor is meaningful in times of climate crisis?
The contemporary art piece Searching for a Job? sought out individuals for a grant-assisted period of 1-2 months, to be spent doing the job of their desires. Job suggestions were sent in via internet form from late February to early May, 2020.
The suggestion was permitted to be a precise description for a job to be carried out – or be comprised of unspecified wishes, if the applicant wished a job proposal on the basis of the form.
By the end of the application period we received 2,574 job suggestions. Of these, 16 were chosen randomly to join us in a job interview. Of those interviewed, five jobs were chosen to be performed; in addition to which, project founders Juhani and Lauri chose three applications out of all the submissions to be carried out as well. The workers all worked within the period between autumn 2020 and summer 2021. The jobs were documented visually and textually.
The exhibition at hand opens multifaceted windows into jobs that were realised and suggested through videos, sound clips, and texts – including a full book anthologizing the suggested jobs. It is a birthing space, a temporary construction into a different kind of labor and the plural world that such labor might produce.
An experimental Employment Office also operates during the exhibition, opening a space where labor, work, jobs can be thoroughly redefined.
”It is true that a calling helps liberate people, but it is equally necessary to liberate the calling itself.”
– Antoine De Saint-Exupéry
Juhani Haukka, Iines Korhonen, Visa Knuuttila, Lauri Antti Mattila, Sari Paljakka, Menni Renvall, Oula Rytkönen and Pilvi Tyrväinen
Finnish Labour Museum Werstas, Live Art Society, Circus Maximus, Poesia
Alfred Kordelin Foundation, Kone Foundation, Arts Promotion Center Taike
The exhibition explores childhood experiences during the Cold War. The exhibition, which combines memories, history, and art, has been implemented in collaboration with the Re-connect/Re-collect research project coordinated by the Tampere University.
Childhood memories help us understand the experiences and events of the Cold War. The memories on display were collected in workshops around the world from 2019–2020. Visitors can also share their own childhood memories in the exhibition.
The exhibition is part of the Year of Research-Based Knowledge 2021 project.
The Finnish Labour Museum Werstas
Väinö Linnan aukio 8
tel. +358 10 420 9220