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
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.
R. Erik Serlachiuksen katu 2, Mänttä
In summertime 1 June–31 August daily 10 am–6 pm, also at Midsummer.
Wintertime 1 September–31 May Tue–Sun 11 am–6 pm. Mondays closed.
Adults 10 €, under 18s free of charge.