The Museum area Hammarbacken
The Fiskars Museum is located on Hammarbacken in the Fiskars Upper Ironworks. Hammarbacken (“Hammer Hill”) received its name from an industrial trip hammer of iron that was located on the upper course of the Fiskars River since the 17th century. The Upper Ironworks was the early hub of Fiskars’ heavy industry, as it also housed a engineering workshop, a foundry, a rolling mill and a plow workshop.
The Main Building of the Museum – Old office
The building was constructed in the mid-19th century as an office for the engineering workshop and as living quarters for office workers. The architect of the building is unknown because the original drawings of the building are lost. In the 20th century, several working people families lived in the house. The building became a museum in 1949 on the initiative of office worker Laura Holmström and midwife Gerda Gers. In connection with renovation work undertaken in 2014, old layers of paint and wallpaper were found, which were used as inspiration for the selection of new surface materials. The walls were painted with a mild linseed oil paint, hand-pigmented in different shades. The windows were renovated using traditional methods. The Julin Room upstairs was reconstructed with purple stencil paint on the walls and the original wooden floor was uncovered. Old layers of paint and wallpaper are still preserved under the new surfaces. All rooms have old layers of paint and wallpaper, so-called colored staircases.
Outhouse and Bakery
Firewood and garden tools were stored in the red outhouse opposite the old office. The building also houses one of the old bakeries and mangle houses of the Ironworks, which was shared by working families. During the summer, the aroma of freshly baked bread hovers over the baking tray. At the same time, you may see freshly washed linen towels hanging on a clothesline. In the outhouse and bakery we offer a variety of museum lessons, for example Ironworks Villager’s Activities.
In 1842, the building was turned into a canteen for workers of the Upper Ironworks. Due to a general housing shortage, the building was later used as a home for several working families and single people. In 1970, residents abandoned the house and it lay deserted until 1983 when the Museum took over the building and renovated it into exhibition space. Upstairs you can see, among other things, the apartment of the widow and the cabin of the bachelor. Today, the Museum Office and Café Hammarbacken are located on the ground floor of the building. In the cosy café you can enjoy freshly baked buns with a cup of coffee.
The oldest part of the archive building was erected from slag brick and red brick in the 19th century as an office for the rolling mill. Later, the building functioned mainly as a warehouse. Today, the building houses the Pohja Local Historical Archive.
Link to the archive.
Things to know Before the Visit
The Fiskars Museum was temporarily closed to the public because of the global coronavirus crisis (COVID-19). The health and safety of our visitors and staff are and always will be our greatest priority. Certain precautions have been taken with regard to the opening of the Museum on June 1st, 2020, which we would like to inform you about.