In Mänttä, the Serlachius Museums Gustaf and Gösta offer a meeting place for people who value high-quality art and stories.
The Serlachius museums’ roots are deep in the Finnish forest. The industrialist Gustaf Adolf Serlachius was a patron of arts in the 19th century. Later, his nephew, the paper mill owner Gösta Serlachius carried on his work as an art collector. The Gösta Serlachius Fine Arts Foundation was established in 1933 to care and maintain the art collection and to build a museum in Mänttä. Today, the Fine Arts Foundation maintains two museums in Mänttä, Finland.
Art Museum Gösta is located amid beautiful lakeside nature in Mänttä. Paper mill owner’s former manor home forms the earliest part of the museum. A new section, the so-called pavilion is an interesting example of modern wood architecture. The museum showcases art pieces from Finland’s Golden Age of art but also evocative contemporary art from Finland and further afield has a major role.
Serlachius Museum Gustaf, former head office of a paper combine in the centre of small industrial town Mänttä, is one of the pearls of Finnish 1930s architecture. The Museum Gustaf’s exhibitions feature the history of Finnish paper industry and art.