World class ship models

The Åland Maritime Museum has an impressive collection of ship’s models, mostly sailing ships. Some were made on board ships by sailors in their spare time; others were made by professional model makers. Common to all of them is that they are of very high standard and show evidence of skill, knowledge and patience.

Viktor Andersson is one of the most famous model ship builders from Åland. As a boy he was already building model boats; as a deepwater sailor he began to build ship models in his spare time. His experience on sailing ships gave him a fine sense of proportion and a keen eye for detail. It also served as a good apprenticeship for the model ship building which eventually became his profession. All the models in the diorama are built at scale 1:50. 

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.


I think this museum is exceptionally well constructed, perhaps top 3 museums in Finland. I’d heartily recommend visiting if even remotely interested in seafaring and related history.

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7 March 2018 - 28 February 2019

Faith, Hope and Love

With a collection of tattoo motifs from the early 1900s as a starting point we tell the stories of why sailors got tattooed and about the symbolism of the motifs.

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