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+358 (0)3 488 6800 | Gustaf, R. Erik. Serlachiuksen katu 2 | Gösta, Joenniementie 47 | Mänttä

Open summertime 1 June–31 August daily 10am–6pm.

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+358 (0)3 488 6800 | Gustaf, R. Erik. Serlachiuksen katu 2 | Gösta, Joenniementie 47 | Mänttä

Open
summertime 1 June–31 August daily 10am–6pm
wintertime 1 September–31 May Tue–Sun 11am–6pm
Closed 6 Dec, 24–25 Dec, 31 Dec, 25 Mar and 30 Apr

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Veterans

The exhibition Veterans lead us to a veteran couple's home that surprises the guests with reflections and echos of war.

Exhibited 1 March 2008–2 January 2011 at Gustaf,
1 March–8 May 2011 at Anna Ahmatova Museum in St. Petersburg

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Veterans – What did it feel like to be at war?

The exhibition, Veterans (‘Veteraanit’), at the G.A. Serlachius Museum is about war – but from a viewpoint that is unusual to exhibitions about this subject. It approaches the subject of war through the experiences, memories and emotions of war veterans.

In the exhibition, wartime experiences are seen through the eyes of the veterans. Public attitudes towards veterans have varied over time: sometimes they have been treated as heroes, and at other times they have been subjected to severe criticism. The curators did not want to impose their viewpoint on the material. Instead, the exhibition presents all of the veterans as individuals with their own wartime experiences and personal attitudes towards the war.

The original initiative for this project came from veterans. It was started in 2004 when the G.A. Serlachius Museum, together with the Heritage Committee of the war veterans of Mänttä, Kuorevesi and Vilppula, interviewed 144 World War II veterans, war invalids, members of the Lotta Svärd Organisation (a voluntary military auxiliary organisation for women) and people who experienced the war on the home front. Even the people who tell the stories in the exhibition are veterans.