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.


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)


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


tkk_6150_tunnuskuvaOur 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.



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
33210 Tampere
tel. +358 10 420 9220


E-mail addresses:


Marita Viinamäki
Deputy Head of Collections
tel. +358 50 440 1159


Leena Ahonen
tel. +358 10 420 9225


Hanna Hannila
(on leave until 2017, deputy Aarno Karjalainen)
Head of Administration


Mia Heinimaa
Senior 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


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


Aarno Karjalainen
Deputy Head of Administration
tel. +358 10 420 9262


Kimmo Kestinen
Senior Advisor
tel. +358 10 420 9266


Raija Kuisma
Museum Host
tel. + 358 10 420 9269


Anne Lahtinen
Museum Educator
tel. +358 10 420 9237


Kati Lehtinen
Visual Designer
p. +358 10 420 9231


Juha Mäkelä
Museum Technician
tel. +358 10 420 9267


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


Ulla Rohunen
Head of Visitor Services
tel. +358 10 420 9227


Karoliina Suoniemi
(on leave until 2018, deputy Anne Lahtinen)
Museum Educator


Sanna Moskari
Museum Host
tel. +358 10 420 9221


Marita Viinamäki
tel. + 358 10 420 9229


Hanna Yli-Hinkkala
(on leave until 2018, deputy Olli Nordling)
Museum Educator
tel. +358 10 420 9228