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 Burgher's House

Burgher's House

The oldest surviving wooden house in the city dates from 1818 and is decorated in the style of a middle-class home of the 1860s.

Himmelsängen i empirestil är utdragbar från sidan och tillverkad i början av 1800-talet. Photo: Sakari Kiuru / Helsinki City Museum.

Burgher’s House presents the domestic life of a middle class family in the 1860s. The house is furnished as the home of Head Fireman Alexander Wickholm and his family – his wife Erika and three children: Augusta, Alexander and Frans.

Information about the furnishings and the property of the head fireman’s home were obtained from estate inventories, which indicate a considerable amount of property. The family was evidently fairly well off. 

The Biedermeier-style furniture of the salon was manufactured in Russia in the 1830s. Photo: Sakari Kiuru / Helsinki City Museum.

The Burgher’s House is furnished as an imaginary household, in which some of the objects and furniture are inherited, some purchased when the home was set up, and some bought at a later date. The overall impression is a combination of different periods and styles.

In addition to the main building there is an outbuilding that contains two chambers. The first one presents the conservation of the Burgher's House, and the second one concentrates on housekeeping and children's life in the 19th century.

The Empire-style four-poster bed, dating back to the early 19th century, can be pulled out from the side.  Photo: Sakari Kiuru / Helsinki City Museum.

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Burgher's House 
Kristianinkatu 12
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The museum is closed for the time being due to poor air quality in the staff facilities.



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