THE ÅLAND HUNTING AND FISHING MUSEUM
About the museum
The Åland Hunting and Fishing museum is situated by the sea at Käringsund in Eckerö. The museum describes the Ålanders’ day-to-day life in former times – how hunters and fishermen provided for their families and how living in the archipelago was like. Texts and grayscale photographs complement the actual museum artefacts and describe life in a fishing village and markets and how people hunted seals and fished with a seine. There is also a large collection of stuffed birds and animals representing Åland’s fauna.
The museum was designed by architect Folke Wickström and is an interesting building with many nooks and crannies. The idea behind the building is that it should fit into its surroundings: the fishing village with its gray huts. The museum resides in a pristine location along the coastline of the Sea of Åland.
The museum opened in 1995. The museum’s board is focused on promoting the cultural development within hunting and fishing. The initiative to building the museum was taken by the support association for Åland Hunting and Fishing museum.
Most of the articles in the museum has been gathered by the Support Association for Åland Hunting and Fishing museum who began collecting the articles in the 1970s. Some of the collection come from private donations
Activities and news
Paintings by ROBERT HANCOCK shown in the museum 1.6.-29.8.
Paintings by LEIF SUNDBERG shown in the museum 1.6.-29.8.
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
FISHING BOAT SVANÖ
The fishing boat is located outside the museum and can be accessed all year round. Here you can touch and get the feel of fishing some decades ago.
GEOTRAIL ”Through fire and ice”
Outside of the museum is a geotrail “Through fire and ice”. The geotrail tells the story of Åland’s geological history. The 380 meters long trail is a time travel of 2000 million years, through volcanoes, fossils and the ice age. The trail follows the bedrock of varying ages. At the end of the path is also a prediction of what the future has in store for Ålands bedrock.
Museum shop Havsboden
Our museum shop Havsboden is stocked with local handicraft, souvenirs, postcards and posters. We also have books about hunting, fishing, animals and about Åland’s history and sights. For children we have plushies in form of squirrels, fish, dogs and many more. The museum shop has no entrance fee and it is possible to visit just the shop without paying the entrance fee to the museum. The opening hours are the same as the museum’s.
Opening hours 2020
1.6-18.6 Monday to Saturday 10.00-17.00
We are closed at Midsummer 19.6.2020
20.6-16.6 Every day 10.00-18.00
17.8.-29.8 Monday to Saturday 10.00-17.00
Children 6 years and under no admission fee
Children 7-17 years 4€/person
Family ticket (2 adults+max. 2 children) 18€/family
Student (student card required) 5€/person
Visitors with wheelchairs: The museum is suitable for persons in wheelchairs. There are ramps both inside and outside, and a toilet accessible with a wheelchair. There is enough space to move around in the whole museum with a wheelchair. We don’t have automatic door openers, but there is a doorbell you can ring and the staff will open the door for you.
Visitors with small children: Strollers can be pushed to the museum from the ramp and the whole museum is accessible with a stroller. There is also a stroller you can loan if your child gets exhausted or tired. A toilet is equipped with a care table and a potty.
Allergies: The museum has plenty of stuffed animals. The animals, furs and dust can cause allergic reactions in sensitive people.
Dogs and pets: Pets are not permitted inside the museum. Guide dogs are of course permitted.
Good to know
Åland hunting and fishing museum does not have it’s own cafeteria, but there are plenty of pleasant restaurants and cafeterias around Käringsund.
You can eat your own packed lunch in the museum’s inner yard or on the comfy front steps, with a view over the Fiskeläge and the Sea of Åland.
Bus drivers, assistants and authorized guides have free entry to the museum.
Ålands hunting and fishing museum is open during the summer, from the middle of May to the end of August. Outside of our opening hours we can book groups of at least 10 people. You can book your group easily on the phone from Monday to Friday 10-15.00 at least three days in advance.
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