The new exhibition on Finnish shipbuilding presents shipbuilding in the past, today and in the future. In addition to the exhibition, you have the opportunity to explore the shipyard and see where the world´s largest cruise ships have been built.

Forum Marinum is one the favourite destinations in Turku for Leena Hedlund, who loves museums and dropped by to visit the new exhibition. She has visited the museum Forum Marinum several times before, the most recent of her visits being a few years ago.

– I have always been fascinated by the sea and ships, although I would never set foot on a sailboat.  I have visited seafaring museums before and I am very interested in history.

Hedlund praises the museum shop of Forum Marinum and the restaurant Göran. She also enjoys the surroundings of Forum Marinum.

If you only make a short visit to Turku, I would recommend two destinations: the Turku Castle and Forum Marinum.

Leena Hedlund

– It is wonderful that you can walk from the city centre to the Turku Castle and that we have such a riverside boulevard that meets international standards. If you only make a short visit to Turku, I would recommend two destinations: the Turku Castle and Forum Marinum.

The exhibition on the boats of Finnish presidents, opened this autumn, is at display until  Epiphany, while the exhibition on Finnish shipbuilding, opened in November, will be a permanent exhibition.

The exhibition features traditional museum objects but also interactive objects such as an opportunity to try a circulation model or  to christen a ship virtually by pressing a button.

This was a good, compact overview of the history and present day of shipbuilding.

– This was a good, compact overview of the history and present day of shipbuilding. Christening the ship was a great experience. I also liked the miniature models and it is always interesting to have a look inside the engineering workshop. One of the highlights today was seeing the boats of Finnish presidents, masterpieces of craft from the era of wooden boats. Perhaps it would have been a nice effect if there had been a scent of tar floating around the small boats, Hedlund says.

In addition to the new exhibitions. Hedlund visited the main exhibition of Forum Marinum where diver Toni Nieminen introduced her to, for instance, miniature models, the history of net fishing and the training of crew.

Coordinator Otto Holmborg, responsible for communications and events at Forum Marinum, says that the new exhibitions have attracted a fair number of visitors. In the near future, Forum Marinum will be having an exhibition on lost lighthouses and a jubilee exhibition to celebrate the centenarian  Finnish Navy.

We like to keep history at display but we also present modern life, says Holmborg.

He reminds about the Shipbuilders' Turku collaboration and the Meyer Turku shipyard tours organised by Visit Turku. He also states that the number of tours will increase in the future.

Text and photos: Aino Koivisto