The Nikkinen Croft is situated near the municipal library in Suomenniemi. At the instigation of the Regional History Society of Suomenniemi, various items and memorabilia of historical value were preserved in this cottage which was originally owned by Police constable Nikkinen, and the cottage was subsequently opened to the public in 1981.
The timber-built cottage has three rooms which house a range of exhibitions. Nestling under the apple trees in the courtyard of the museum are two granaries. A special feature of the Nikkinen Croft is the shingle wall located at one gable of the building.
The main room of the cottage boasts a magnificent baking oven. The room itself is furnished with the original furniture, including benches, a table, a wooden couch and a bed; a loom is also on display. In the corner of the room stand a large tub and a cowlstaff, which was used for carrying the tub on the shoulders.
In the bedroom visitors can admire the impressive display cabinet which is home to medals and cups belonging to the well-known local athlete, Adam Solkia. The bedroom also hosts many temporary exhibitions, such as the one organised in summer 2002 which displayed a collection of handicrafts made by the craftspeople of Suomenniemi. On show in the dining room is an assortment of crockery and old-fashioned dishes, along with a milk separator and women’s clothing from the 19th century.
Opening hours: Open Only during Suomenniemi week. Otherwise by reservation.
The Nikkinen Cottage is open in summer during the traditional local festival Suomenniemi-week, or by prior arrangement.
Opinraitti 8, 52380 Suomenniemi
040 567 2173
Suomenniemen kotiseutuyhdistys: riitta.kiljunen(at)pp.inet.fi