Our permanent exhibition
Our permanent exhibition describes how the people of Åland have hunted, fished and lived, both in past and present. Articles are complemented by black and white photographs and texts that desrcribe the everyday life on the fishing villages and markets and how people hunted seals and fished with seine nets. There are also plenty of conserved animals and birds that represent the fauna of Åland. The exhibition also focuses on the women's role in the hunting and fishing life of the past.
The exhibition is dealt into five different categories: seal hunt, seine fishing, boats, market journeys and fishing villages. The first inhabitants in Åland were seal hunters and for thousands of years seal was important prey. Seal was hunted both during the day and night, for the whole year and with many different methods like net, club, harpoon and gun or "seal cannon" as it is called in Swedish.
Seine was used to catch herring, bass and pike. A herringseine could be up to 200 meters long and 20 meters deep. Seine was used up to and during the 1950's in Eckerö.
Many different types of boats are present in the museum. For hunting and fishing in the archipelago people used for instance dinghies and seine boats. Schooners were used to sail to the markets in Stockholm, Helsinki, Reval (Tallinn) and Baltischport (Paldiski). At the markets the folk of Åland sold for example herring and firewood and bought salt and grain.
From midsummer to autumn both children and adults lived together in tiny fishing villages in the furthest islands out on the sea. There they fished and caught herring and cod. People lived in small cottages, boat cabins and uncovered resting places. Saturday evenings and Sundays were used for rest, dance, card games and maintenance of the fishing nets. Many rugged islands and islets around Åland have been used as fishing villages. Some of them still have fishing cottages left