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
Werstas is located in Tampere, in the historic Finlayson factory area. See how easily you will find us!
The museum is open Tuesday-Sunday, 11.00 am – 6.00 pm.
The museum is closed in 2021:
8 Mar -18 Apr
The museum store is open (closed 8 Mar – 18 Apr, 2021)
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 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.
– Children of the Cold War
26 Feb 2021 – 24 Oct 2021
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, which is part of the Year of Research-Based Knowledge 2021 project.
For rest and in celebration
29 Jan 2021 – 29 Aug 2021
The exhibition explores social relationships in work communities. We spend a lot of fun moments with our colleagues during breaks, celebrations, excursions, and other work community events. The exhibition features photographs of work colleagues drinking coffee, eating snacks, chatting, and enjoying other casual moments. The exhibition also features photographs of work community celebrations, summer trips and other recreational activities. Most of the photos are from the collections of the Finnish Labour Museum Werstas, the Labour Archives and the People’s Archives.
The Finnish Labour Museum Werstas
Väinö Linnan aukio 8
tel. +358 10 420 9220