Things to Do and See in Ekenäs Nature Centre

Permanent Exhibition

Step inside an early 20th century archipelago croft. Photo: Meri Marttinen

A Sea of Change, the new permanent exhibition at the Ekenäs Nature Centre, offers a glimpse into how nature and life in the archipelago has changed over the years. The sea of change offers an interactive way for everyone to explore the changes in the archipelago, both on land and in the sea. The visitor can go from a pier or visit a fisherman`s hut from the early 1900's. You can also take a dive to explore life beneath the waves.

The exhibition is well suited for the whole family, but made especially with the enviromental education of children in mind. We hope that the exhibition will make the visitor think; what can I do to help the sensitive environment of the archipelago?

Guided Tours for Groups

  • Tours for groups are booked in advance.
  • Duration of a tour is approx. 30-45 min.
  • You can add a film to your tour
  • The price of a group tour:
    • 50 €/group/hour or part of an hour.
    • Outside the Nature Centre's opening hours the group tours are charged double.
    • The recommended maximum group size is 20 persons.

Photo: Heini Ukkonen

Films at the Auditorium

Presentations are shown on request. Groups can make reservations in advance. Presentations are free-of-charge. The auditorium can be rented for conference use. Read more about films

Reference Library and Children's Play Corner

On the second floor of the nature centre is a small reference library, which provides advanced information about the nature and the environment. There you can read nature and archipelago themed magazines or books and draw a picture of the archipelago on a post card, which you can then send to a friend or relative. For children there are also other things to do, e.g. read children`s books and play board games.

Ekenäs Nature Centre is Housed in a 170-Year-Old Building

Ekenäs Nature Centre is on the mainland in an old salt storehouse, which was built in the 1840's. The building has previously functioned as a customs house and an ironmonger's storehouse. In 1970 one of Finland's first discotheques was opened there. It was a popular night-spot, but was closed down due to the fear that the building would collapse into the harbour. After extensive repairs Ekenäs Nature Centre was opened there in 1995.