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Museum Milavida

The Nottbecks – Cosmopolitans of Tampere

The exhibition presents the glamorous and international lifestyle of the Nottbeck family, the owners of Finlayson cotton mill. The Nottbecks lived in Tampere from the 1830s until the early 20th century when the last members of the family leave the city after years filled with both success and sad losses. The enthralling exhibition combines impressive authentic objects and modern audiovisual technology.

King of Finland

What if Finland had become a monarchy? Although Finland declared itself an independent republic in 1917, the parliament elected Friedrich Karl, or Fredrik Kaarle in the localised form, as king of Finland in October 1918. The battle for the system of government for the young State of Finland is one of the more colourful periods of Finnish political history. Was the pursuit of monarchy for Finland a dalliance with the idea of royal reign, or simply a case of Realpolitik? The exhibition at Museum Milavida explores the background for the project that the opposers of Finnish monarchy derogatively called a ‘royal adventure’.