Theme exhibitions: Electric Currents
In the beginning of the 20th century it was commonly believed that electrifying the whole Finland would be impossible. Few could have imagined how dependent on electricity Finland would evolve during the century. Not to mention the 21st century!
Paimio electrical museum presents the history of electricity in Finland during the past hundred years. The new base exhibition in the middle floor explains how electricity is produced, distributed and used. Here you can listen to what the journey of electricity sounds like or pop into a wooden transducer! Find out how the ”electrified” homes from the 1930’s and 1980’s differ from each other!
On the uppermost (3rd) floor you can familiarize yourself with a company called Sähkölähteenmäki which made electric installations in Finland. You will also find out what kind of electric devices have been invented in the past to make living easier.
Theme exhibition´s are also in the 3rd floor. 2016 theme exhibition is Electricity in postcards.
On the first floor you will be introduced to the foundation behind the Paimio Electrical Museum through photographs and products whose profits go for the benefit of the museum.
The museum building itself is also worth seeing. It was originally built by store owner Hallman in the 19th century and made of red and grey granite. On one hand, Hallman was a respected person who was known for helping the poor and being active in the fire department, but on the other hand, he was a devilish person who, according to the stories, poisoned his neighbour’s cow and paid his fines with a box full of pennies. He was often called a pirate Behind his back.
Now the mysterious vaults of Hallman are open for public. The largest vault in the first floor has been reconditioned as a cool coffee place for the warm summers. The building also contains a museum shop and the tourist info.
All three floors of the Paimio Electrical Museum offer interesting information for normal tourists as well as people interested in technology.