Forestry museum is open 19.6.-4.8.2024
from Wednesday to Sunday 11-17, free entrance, welcome!

Open for groups at other times as agreed.

The area is also accessible outside of the opening hours for hiking and enjoying nature. There’s a two-kilometre trail within the area of the Forestry Museum, passing by the magnificent Messukallio.

Right now the landscape is extremely dry, and starting fire is prohibited due to the risk of forest fire. You can see the up-to-date forest fire warnings here. The warnings must be followed as adviced.

The Forestry Museum guide’s phone number: +358 44 786 5516


The Forestry Museum showcases the history of the forest industry all the way from rise of the sawmill industry in the 1860s to the mechanization in the 1960s. Within the area of the Forestry
Museum there’s an exhibition hall, a logging hut, a sauna, a horse stable and forestry machinery. Near the museum you will also find the a beach, lean-to shelters and campfire sites. There is also the Messukallio cliff, a devotional place in local history. The museum allows for unobstructed movement, and therefore acts as a good trip destination for people and groups with mobility constraints.

Polkuja metsään (Paths to the forest), an exhibition produced by the Pirkanmaa Nature Conservation District, was open at the Parkano Forestry Museum in August 2007. It is the first permanent exhibition displaying forest conservation in all of the country’s museums. The exhibition sheds light on the importance of forests for the Finnish people, the changes in our forest environments and the history and current condition of forest conservation. The exhibition also showcases the activity of environmental organizations and the ways a forest owner can protect forest ecosystems.

The hiking trail of Käpykintukka takes you through the scenery of lake Kaidatvedet from Forestry Museum to Käenkoski. The length of the trail is about 7 km. Nature trail of Gustav the Moose is a 2 km round trail for children and families, with activation points and differend forest facts. The trails have some challenging terrain and variations in elevation, therefore they are very
challenging for the disabled.

Welcome to the
Round trip, length approx. 2 km

Along the trail there is 8 activation points, where you can explore differend forest facts with Gustav the Moose. The trail has some challenging terrain and variations in elevation, therefore it is not suited for the disabled. The trail starts from the parking lot, goes to Messukallio and ends to Metsämuseo campfire site. You can use the trail both ways.