Gallen-Kallela Museum

Opening hours:
15 May–31 August: daily 11 am–6 pm
1 September–14 May Tue–Sat 11 am–4 pm, Sun 11 am–5 pm
Admission: € 10/7/5/0, Museum Card
Address: Gallen-Kallelan tie 27, 02600 Espoo

The Gallen-Kallela Museum is located in a castle-like studio home that the artist Akseli Gallen-Kallela (1865–1931) designed for himself by the sea in Laajalahti, Espoo.

Tarvaspää was opened to the public as a museum in 1961. Besides putting on diverse events, the museum operates as a centre for information on the artist.

The crenellated castle with its historical references was a fulfilment of Akseli Gallen-Kallela’s childhood dreams. The studio was built between 1911 and 1913, and renovated in the 1920s with the addition of a modern bathroom in the tower. “It is not for us that I build, but for 500 years hence,” Gallen-Kallela once said about his studio.

The museum’s changing exhibitions present art by Akseli Gallen-Kallela and his peers, as well as contemporary art. The collections, archives and Gallen-Kallelas’s home library shed light on the artist’s life, from his artmaking to his world travels, and from contemporary phenomena to the family’s pastimes. The archives include Gallen-Kallela’s photographs and letter and other materials related to his life.

Café Zoceria Tarvaspää operates in the historical Villa Linudd, located on the estate. On the shore there is a smoke sauna built by the artist in 1913.

The Floor mosaic at Tarvaspää, 1926.


The Gallen-Kallela Museum, Tarvaspää, 1911-1913. Photo: Gallen-Kallelan Museum
Akseli Gallen-Kallela, The Floor mosaic at Tarvaspää, 1926. Photo: Gallen-Kallelan Museum
Akseli Gallen-Kallela, Clouds abobe a Lake, 1904-1906. Photo: Gallen-Kallelan Museum / Jukka Paavola
Akseli Gallen-Kallela, Madonna, 1891. Photo: Gallen-Kallelan Museum / Petri Summanen
Akseli Gallen-Kallela, The Hand of Christ, 1897. Photo: Gallen-Kallelan Museum / Hannu Aaltonen
Akseli Gallen-Kallela, Bil-Bol, poster for an automobile retailer, 1907. Photo: Gallen-Kallela Museum / Jukka Paavola
Akseli Gallen-Kallela (26.4.1865 – 7.3.1931). Photo: Gallen-Kallelan Museum

The Hand of Christ, 1897.

Madonna, 1891.

Clouds abobe a Lake, 1904-1906.