The Vapriikki Museum Centre is housed in what used to be the engineering works of Tampella Ltd. by the Tammerkoski rapids in Tampere, offering plenty to see and do for the whole family. With four floors of exhibition space, Vapriikki hosts around a dozen exhibitions a year, with varied themes, including history, natural sciences, and technology. A truly versatile museum centre, Vapriikki is also home to the Natural History Museum of Tampere, Rupriikki Media Museum, the Finnish Hockey Hall of Fame, the Finnish Museum of Games, the Mineral Museum, and Postal Museum. A single ticket to Vapriikki gives visitors entry to over 10 exhibitions, and the variety of those exhibitions ensures there’s something for all the family.
The Finnish Museum of Games is focused on experiences, allowing visitors to try the games first hand. Of the more than 100 games on display, 60 can be played. There is an arcade of old-school coin-operated games, or you can visit a Commodore 64 enthusiast’s room and play Nintendo games from the early ’90s. The permanent exhibition at the Tampere Museum of Natural History is also fascinating, chronicling in detail the history of life and biological diversity in the Tampere region. A new section focuses on many new natural phenomena and takes an exploratory approach that is engaging for all the senses.
Visitors are well served by the museum restaurant and café Valssi, which serves snacks and lunch. The summer terrace provides a magnificent view of the industrial red brick scenery along the flowing waters of the Tammerkoski rapids. As visitors enter Vapriikki’s spacious entrance lobby they’ll find the museum shop, providing an extensive selection of high quality gifts, jewellery, ornaments and utility articles, books, postcards and sweets.