In a private home in Mariehamn one can find one of the world’s finest and most detailed ship models. It was built by an Åland sailor in a POW camp during World War II with neither drawings nor tools at hand. How did he do it? Who was he? Watch the moving documentary “Dreaming of Ponape – a man and his model”
The museum’s collections are made up of a plethora of typical maritime objects next to things that don’t seem to have anything at all to do with seafaring. They raise questions: What is valuable? What is beautiful? What should be saved for the future? The temporary exhibition “Hilda’s perfume – on the soul of things” discusses these questions.
Upptäck och upplev Ålands Sjöfartsmuseum
Worldclass ship's models
The Åland Maritime Museum has an impressive collection of ship’s models, mostly sailing ships. Some were made on board ship by sailors in their spare time; others were made by professional model makers. Common to all of them is that they are very high standard and show evidence of skill, knowledge and patience.
The most kid-friendly museum on Åland
At the Åland Maritime Museum there are a lot of things for families to discover and do. Go aloft, stow cargo and take command of your own ship. Finding the ship’s rat Ruby’s own mini exhibitions, cleverly hidden in cute little ratholes in the museum, is a task that everybody can get involved in. And don’t miss our imaginative children’s room Ruby and the Sea. Here you can dive into the sea and discover wrecks, secret mermaid grottos and exciting sea creatures.