Kilen is an extensive museum and cultural heritage area located on the Bothnian Bay coast close by an old fishing harbour. It introduces visitors to 19th-century farming, fishing and peasant culture in Ostrobothnia’s Swedish-speaking coastal villages.
The museum also operates as a Finnish-Swedish cultural centre and organises many types of courses, art exhibitions and story-telling evenings. The largest annual events are Midsummer’s Eve celebrations, a craft fair and a children’s day.
The 24 buildings of the area have been moved to Kilen from different villages in Kristinestad area. The main building known as Fransgården dates back to 1801. Other buildings in the area include a house from the 18th century, school, writer’s cottage, telephone museum, shipbuilding museum, smithy, smoke sauna, windmill, threshing barn, granary and other storehouses, and Janne’s Cabin that introduces visitors to the local fishing culture.
Restaurant and café ‘Västkustens Pärla’ serves visitors in the museum area and also caters for family occasions. Local products are used in the catering services as far as possible, including some organic produce.
The old fish salting house serves as a shore pavilion and party venue for around 100 people. Small meetings and seminars can be organised in a building close by the seashore saunas. The atmospheric chapel by the sea is used for weddings, christenings and prayer meetings.
Accommodation in the two buildings making up Gästhuset Kilstrand inn comprises eight apartments for 1 to 6 people. All apartments have a balcony, kitchenette, fridge, microwave oven, coffee maker and kitchen appliances, toilet and shower. Each apartment has a private entrance. Camping is also available for pre-booked visitors (sites for 8 tents + 8 caravans/cars)
The museum area with its seashore storehouses, boathouses and wooded pastures makes up a coherent cultural environment included on the Finnish Heritage Agency’s list of Built cultural heritage sites of national significance.
Tailored activities for pre-booked groups can be organised in cooperation with many organisations.
These activities include:
Sights in the local area:
Kilen Local Heritage Museum cannot be reached by public transport.