Guided tours for upper secondary schools




Tues-Sun, tel. (+358) 09 816 57052. Book at least one week in advance. Pre-booked school groups are admitted already at 9 a.m. Guided tours are free of charge for school groups.    

Guided tour: Humans and the sea in exhibition Eyes on the horizon, 60 min

The interactive guided tour, Humans and the Sea, suits learners of all ages. During the tour we study life by the sea, as well as the conditions it sets for those who live near or make their living from it. The tour takes on natural scientific and societal perspectives. What kind of skills are needed on the sea? How has humankind affected the sea throughout history, and how do we impact it today? Available 19.2.2019-2.2.2020.
Read more about the exhibition here.

Guided tours in:  A thousand stories about Espoo

The exhibition "A thousand stories about Espoo" tells us about Espoo in five eras and five different places: Stone Age seal hunters in Bosmalm, medieval farmers in Mankby, the gentry and common people in Alberga, factory workers in Kauklahti and city life in the suburbs. The exhibition also explains how Espoo was born, who the people living there are and how Espoo became the city it is today.

Highlights from the Stone Age to the city, 60 min  

Espoo is a young city but an old settlement. Why is Espoo a different kind of city? On the tour, we will discuss through stories how people’s lives changed and what stayed the same. The tour is the basic tour for the exhibition A Thousand Stories about Espoo.

History of Espoo in simple Finnish, 45-60 min

People have lived in Espoo for 10,000 years. What has life been like in different times? The tour describes the history of Finland and Espoo in simple Finnish. We will discuss together how life has changed over thousands of years, and what has not changed. We will also talk about multiculturalism in Espoo from a historical perspective.

Prehistoric life, 60 min 

Sit down in a Stone Age house and explore prehistory! On the activating guided tour, pupils can try out and learn about the life of people who lived thousands of years ago through the materials, objects and methods that they used. We will discuss together how prehistory is studied and what kind of interpretations are sparked by finds.   

Life in a Middle Age Hamlet, 60 min 

The guided tour takes a look into the everyday lives of the inhabitants, the busy trading and the unique hamlet Mankby through archaeological research. We will discuss where historical information comes from and what it tells about life in medieval Espoo. We recommend this tour for pupils in the 5th and 6th grade, but the tour is suitable for everyone interested in the Middle Ages and archeology. 

From the Countryside to the City - a Tour of 20th Century Espoo, 45-60 min 

The 20th century was a time of great change. How did a small Swedish-speaking parish become a large Finnish-speaking city? This guided tour explores the changes in everyday life, society and landscapes over the past 100 years through a factory worker’s cottage and the suburbs.

The guided tour can be complemented with the ‘Build a suburb’ workshop. In the workshop, we explore the creation of suburbs by studying and doing and discuss what makes a good place to live. The guided tour and workshop take 90 minutes.

Bilingual Espoo, 60 min

How long have the inhabitants of Espoo spoken both Swedish and Finnish? What are the roots of the place name Espoo? This tour introduces the history of Espoo as part of the bilingual countryside. The tour can be held in Finnish, Swedish or English.  We recommend this tour for pupils in the 9th grade, but also for everyone interested in the bilingual history of Espoo or anyone wanting a tour in a foreign language.