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 old farm house, built in the 1840s, is decorated in an early 20th century style. The house has artefacts from as early as the 18th century. In the large main room of the house, you can sit at the table that belonged to Martti Kitunen (1747–1833), a famous bear killer, and enjoy the atmosphere of the olden times. There are four granaries in the yard area, with oldest one dating back to the 1750s.
Hali’s cabin community takes the visitor back to a time when forest work was going through a transition. At the turn of the 1950s and 1960s, machines, such as chainsaws, began to change the nature of forest work. Hali Loggers’ Cabin was originally located in Orijärvi, on the shore of lake Rutajärvi, as a J.W. Enqvist company cabin in 1948–67. The cabin community included a cottage for 25 men and a room for the hostess, as well as the house of the boss, sauna and stables.
The veterans took care of the museum service for 17 years, from 1992 until 2008, with help from reserve organisations, women’s division, peacekeepers, etc. Since 2009, the museum service has been handled by long-term unemployed with the help of the Employment Office, and a representative of the veterans’ association has guided and supervised them.
Virrat Heritage Village
p. +358 (0)3 485 1900
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.
Read more on the websites of Finnish Youth Centres Association