MUSEUM OF LUSTO IN FINLAND : FOREST MACHINERY.
The Museum of Lusto, located in the touristic region of Punkaharju, amid forests and lakes of South-Eastern Finland, 350 km from Helsinki, is a major national museum in conjunction with a forest research and preservation center. It claims 35,000 visitors per year throughout the year but especially in summer.
Unveiled in 1994, the collections and their history show the importance of forests for man. Any local history of forestry is reviewed. A 'Room of silence' recreates even this nature of the forest with all its sounds including birds. The museum includes about 9000 objects, 250.000 photographs and scanned some 300 films. The library has about 12,000 publications and printed.
Exhibitions, seminars, cooperation with schools on all issues (forestry, craft, folklore, design, painting, cooking, music or other) are an important part of the activity of the museum, well equipped to receive them. This private center is funded and receives many donations, such as forestry equipment.
There is another forestry museum at Lycksele in Sweden . Preserving the forest and its machinery are an excellent initiative for the future.
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J M M, Avril 2012.