Virrat Heritage Village is a museum and travel destination for the whole family as well as a summer recreational area on Marttinen island, full of natural beauty. The Heritage Village is located in the immediate vicinity of Youth Centre Marttinen.
In Rajalahti House Museum and in Hali Loggers’ Cabin you can explore rural life in Virrat at the turn of the 19th and 20th centuries and the everyday life of loggers and forest work in the 1950s and 1960s. The Heritage Village also has many other old buildings, such as stables (1820s), a smock mill (1828), a smoke sauna (1840s) and a village storehouse (1878). In addition, there is a War veteran museum presenting 20th century war history and the Canal Museum maintained by the Transport Agency.
The museums in the Heritage Village are open for groups upon request around the year.
In the summertime, events and exhibitions are organised in the Heritage Village. The area has a café-restaurant, kiosk, handcraft, gift and art shops, a playground and Herraskoski canal.
You can book accommodation, restaurant, café and programme services from Youth Centre Marttinen, and you also have free use of the beach, guest boat dock, nature path and field fortification area from World War I.
Tulijoki in Liedenpohja, Herranen and Heikkilä in Jäähdytyspohja have served as innkeepers in Virrat. Kankaanpää inn and tavern was established in the Herranen and Heikkilä estate in 1823 at Virrat church.
The inn stables were built for the carriage horses taking people to Kankaanpää inn. The stables were built in the 1820s. At one end of the stables, there was a carriage shed and at the other end the stables for two horses. On top of the shed and stables, there was a sleeping loft. This served as a sleeping place for hired men and horse carriers in the summertime.
The inn stables were transported to the Heritage Village in the summer of 1981.
Virrat Heritage Village
p. +358 (0)3 485 1900
Accommodation, restaurant and programme services for groups upon request.
Marttinen is one of the nine centres supported by the Finnish Ministry of Education and Culture.
Read more on the websites of Finnish Youth Centres Association