Virrat Heritage Village is a museum and travel destination for the whole family as well as a summer recreational area on Marttinen island, full of natural beauty. The Heritage Village is located in the immediate vicinity of Youth Centre Marttinen.
In Rajalahti House Museum and in Hali Loggers’ Cabin you can explore rural life in Virrat at the turn of the 19th and 20th centuries and the everyday life of loggers and forest work in the 1950s and 1960s. The Heritage Village also has many other old buildings, such as stables (1820s), a smock mill (1828), a smoke sauna (1840s) and a village storehouse (1878). In addition, there is a War veteran museum presenting 20th century war history and the Canal Museum maintained by the Transport Agency.
The museums in the Heritage Village are open for groups upon request around the year.
In the summertime, events and exhibitions are organised in the Heritage Village. The area has a café-restaurant, kiosk, handcraft, gift and art shops, a playground and Herraskoski canal.
You can book accommodation, restaurant, café and programme services from Youth Centre Marttinen, and you also have free use of the beach, guest boat dock, nature path and field fortification area from World War I.
The keys to the village storehouse were in the possession of the chairman of the board, the storehouse clerk and Virrat and Ähtäri chapel representatives.
The storehouse was completed in 1878. To prevent moisture and thieves from drilling into the storage, the actual grain storage is a separate log building inside the log structure.
There are six grain bins in the storehouse, and the two in the middle have been turned into a corridor and the ones on the sides serve as an exhibition space. Rye, barley and oats were kept in the bins. There were two bins reserved for each type of grain, one for bread grain and one for seed grain. The storehouse clerks worked in the vestibule area, which had the clerk’s desk and dispensing hatches leading to the bins.
The robust locks of the storehouse came from the first village storehouse that was completed in 1825. At the time, the common grain was protected with four locks, and the keys were only in the possession of the chairman of the board, the storehouse clerk and Virrat and Ähtäri chapel representatives.
Virrat Heritage Village
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Accommodation, restaurant and programme services for groups upon request.
Marttinen is one of the nine centres supported by the Finnish Ministry of Education and Culture.