The goal of the Turku Lazaret Museum is to record the history of the oldest hospital in Finland, functional without interruptions since 1759, as well as to preserve its equipment and to collect folklore of the hospital.
General opening hours
Turku Lazaret Museum is open the first weekday Monday of every month from 2 pm to 6 pm. In addition, the museum can visited by appointment. Visiting the museum and guidance around the museum is free.
General opening hours:
- Monday 5 June 2023, from 2 pm to 6 pm
- Monday 3 July 2023, from 2 pm to 6 pm
- Monday 7 August 2023, from 2 pm to 6 pm
- Sunday 27 August 2023, from 12 pm to 4 pm
- Monday 4 September 2023, from 2 pm to 6 pm
Historical walking tours
Historical walking tours of Kiinamyllynmäki in the summer of 2023:
- Thursday 1 June, from 3 pm to 4 pm
- Wednesday 7 June, from 5 pm to 6 pm
- Wednesday 14 June, from 3 pm to 4 pm
- Monday 19 June, from 5 pm to 6 pm
- Wednesday 28 June, from 5 pm to 6 pm
- Tuesday 4 July, from 3 pm to 4 pm
- Wednesday 26 July, from 5 pm to 6 pm
- Monday 31 July, from 3 pm to 4 pm
- Thursday 3 August, from 5 pm to 6 pm
- Tuesday 8 August, from 3 pm to 4 pm
- Wednesday 16 August, from 5 pm to 6 pm
- Monday 21 August, from 3 pm to 4 pm
Guidance is in Finnish and is free of charge. For more information on guided tours, please contact the museum.
Guidance and additional information
tel. 050 571 4030
Welcome to the Turku Lazaret Museum!
Lazaret Museum's visiting address
The Lazaret Museum is located at Kiinamyllynkatu 4–8, 20520 Turku. The Lazaret Museum is building number 13.
There is no accessible entrance to the museum. The outer and inner stairs of the back door are slightly lower.
The Turku Lazaret Museum was established on October 30th 1974. The efforts of the teaching nurse of the surgical clinic, Maija Jansén, were essential in setting up the museum's activity. The museum began its activity in the old gatekeeper lodge on the Kiinamylly hill in 1975.
In addition to Tyks Main hospital, there are museum collections from the Tyks Loimaa hospital as well as Tyks Halikko hospital. The museum activity is overseen by the museum committee.
The Turku Lazaret Museum is a member museum of the Varsinais-Suomen museot ry (Society for the museums of Southwest Finland).
Turku University Hospital, originally Turku Lazaret, is the oldest continuously functional hospital in Finland. The Swedish king Adolf Frederick signed the lazaret charter December 17th 1756 and the opening ceremony of the 9-bed curing room of the diseased was held in a festive atmosphere along the shores of the river Aura on June 6th 1759. The first four patients had already been admitted earlier in the springtime.
The hospital has located in several buildings along the river Aura. In 1784, the hospital moved to the log building in the corner of the contemporary Linnankatu and Sairashuoneenkatu. After the mid-19th century the provincial hospital was located for a quarter century in the so called stone garrison near the contemporary Martinsilta. Towards the end of the 19th century, the name of the hospital was established as "Läänin yleinen sairaala" (General Provincial Hospital) and later as "Turun lääninsairaala" (Turku Provincial Hospital).
The Turku Provincial Hospital moved to the Kiinamylly hill in 1881. Most of the buildings built back then are still in use. The hospital became a University Hospital in 1958.
You can get to know the hospital's history better in the Turku Lazaret Museum located along Kiinamyllynkatu in the old gatekeeper lodge (building 13).