The collection includes parts of wrecks, ships that have been built by Finnish ship yards, historical items such as seaman’s books and other papers. The museum also allows visitors to lay hand on navigating a ship, since a ship simulator called Jenny is available.
The entire residential building today is a museum and one can enter the world of the locals living in Rauma some 200 years ago. The furniture, stoves and work places, as well as the rooms where people rested have been kept the way as they were in the past.
The residential building is mainly from the 18th century and it depicts the life of owner and tenant families around the turn of the century. The enclosed courtyard has been preserved and include the stables, cowshed, storehouse, cellar and well
Jokela was the house where Hj Nortamo was born, a doctor and author who wrote mainly in the Rauma dialect. He contributed to Finnish literature that included narratives of the life of seamen in the local dialect.
One of the most decorative buildings in Rauma dates back to the early 19th century, it has been converted into Renaissance style. The building is situated in Kauppakatu and today a museum. The building was owned by several ship-owning families.
The legend says that the citizens of Rauma were asked to build Helsinki in 1550 by King Gustavus Vaasa. Those who had to leave were assembled on this square. The main feature of the square today is a statue of a Bobbin Lace-maker as a tribute to the traditional handicraft that was passed on from generation to generation.
The main square of the old town of Rauma is the Market Place surrounded by the old town hall and many other impressive buildings. One can only imagine how busy this place would have been centuries ago with trading from passing ships. During my visit some construction took place to build a kiosk or similar in the middle of the square.
The life story of the Agricultural Councillor Alfred Kordelin is the tale of a poor Rauma sailor’s son who amassed a great fortune and used it to promote education and culture. This house is the birthplace of this generous Rauma citizen.
This former monastery is believed to have been built in the mid 15th century and now serves as the church for the congregation of Rauma. The white spire of the church was not built until 1816 and since then it has served as a landmark for seafarers. A statue of a Franciscan Monk was erected in front of the church in memory of its builders. The statue was carved by Jussi Vikainen.
If you want to explore Rauma on foot the tourism office offers guided tours during the summer months. Alternatively use the tips below to find your main attractions. I spent about two hours in the old town and was able to see almost all attractions and buildings.