Satakunta bridge and Vapriikki Museum Centre. Image source Visit Tampere.

Vapriikki Museum Centre

With a picturesque location beside the Tammerkoski rapids, Vapriikki is a museum centre that offers things to see and do for the whole family. Vapriikki is housed in the old Tampella factory hall, whose oldest parts date back to the 1880s. The largest exhibition hall, a hundred metres long and 16 metres high, was built in the 1910s–1920s.

Vapriikki hosts about a dozen exhibitions, with varied themes, including history, technology, and natural sciences. Vapriikki is also home to the Natural History Museum of Tampere, the Media Museum Rupriikki, the Mineral Museum, the Finnish Hockey Hall of Fame, the Doll Museum, Postal Museum and The Finnish Museum of Games. Our visitors are served by museum restaurant Valssi and the Vapriikki museum shop, which offers a wide selection of books, gifts, and souvenirs.

Vapriikki Museum Centre

Tampere University

Tampere University was created in January 2019 by the merger of the University of Tampere and Tampere University of Technology. Tampere University is one of the most multidisciplinary universities in Finland. Almost all internationally recognised fields of study are represented at our university.

At the Tampere University, technology and social sciences come together in a unique way. Our research groups and projects conduct multidisciplinary research across institutional boundaries.

Tampere University awards nearly 4,000 degrees annually. About one-third of them are awarded in technological fields and about a quarter in social sciences.

The University has over 19,000 degree students of whom

  • 9,300 study for the bachelor’s degree
  • 7,600 for the master’s degree
  • 2,400 for the doctoral degree
  • 3,000 new degree students are admitted per year

In addition, 1,400 students are training as medical specialists.


With a population of well over 200,000, Tampere is the largest inland city in the Nordic countries. Founded in 1779 on the banks of the Tammerkoski Rapids, Tampere evolved into the most highly industrialised locality in Finland during the 19th century. Thanks to the new city planning, former industrial areas such as Finlayson and Tampella are alive again: cafés, restaurants, shops, cinemas, museums and galleries have found locations there.

There is a lot to see in Tampere: original Finnish architecture, breathtaking lake sceneries, magnificent glacial ridges, beautiful parks and lush forests next to the city centre – and what could be better than a lake cruise on a beautiful summer’s day?

Tampere tourist information: Visit Tampere