The Finnish Emigrant Museum
The Finnish Emigrant Museum was founded in 2006. The Museum documents and shows the history and the present-day of emigration, immigration and internal migration. The task of the Museum is also to collect, preserve, research and set out material concerning migration. The Emigrant Museum acts as a meeting place and an information center for those who are interested in international events.
The Finnish migration has been a very notable phenomenon. There are approximately 1.3 million Finns and their descendants abroad nowadays. Half of the Finnish emigrants that went to North America during the years 1867-1930 came from the old Vaasa province. Thus the proper place for an emigrant museum is Southern Ostrobothnia, a part of the former Vaasa province.
The Finnish Emigrant Museum collects artifacts, photographs, archives, literature and records related to migration. The Finnish Emigrant Museum arranges seminars, lectures and other events, and shows permanent and temporary exhibitions.