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.
Mikontalo was built in Jalasjärvi in 1892.
At the edge of the market square, there is a two-floor building in Ostrobothnian style, which was transported from Luopajärvi village in Jalasjärvi, where it was built in 1892.
The building was named Mikontalo after metal crafts artist Mikko Haapsalo. Originally, the building was supposed to have Haapsalo’s metal crafts workshop, shop and café, but the building turned out to be too small for all this. At first, the building became a café and later also a restaurant. Restaurant Mikontalo is open all year round, every day during the summer season. Some of Mikko Haapsalo’s artworks are exhibited under the birch trees next to the building.
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