The cultural-historical collection

Gallen-Kallelan Museo

The museum’s cultural-historical collection is based on materials owned and collected by Akseli Gallen-Kallela. It includes the artist’s equipment and objects owned by the family, personal items such as clothing and toys, and objects of the home such as interior decoration textiles and pieces of furniture.

Gallen-Kallela was interested in cultures and collected ethnographica both from Finland and abroad. On his stay in Africa from 1909 to 1910, Gallen-Kallela collected both ethnographic artefacts and material related to natural history, such as the skulls and horns of animals.


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The cultural-historical collection: types of material

Natural-historical collection: (East Africa, Finland, other countries)

Ethnographic collection (Arab countries and the Middle East, East Africa, Japan, Finland, Hungary, United States)

Textile collection:  clothing (Akseli Gallen-Kallela’s, Mary Gallén’s and the children’s’ clothes), accessories (Akseli Gallen-Kallela’s, Mary Gallén’s and the children’s accessories), textiles of the home


Artist’s equipment

Musical instruments

Personal effects and objects (Akseli Gallen-Kallela’s, Mary Gallén’s and the children’s effects and objects)


Objects of the home

Applied art


Medals and decorations

Unfinished pieces, blanks etc.

Miscellaneous (trial prints, printed images, frames, post cards etc.)