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Civil Guard and Lotta Svärd museum


Civil Guard and Lotta Svärd museum is the museum for voluntary national defence. The museum operates in the South Ostrobothnian Defence Corps building in the city centre. The museum buildings, designed by Alvar Aalto, were built in 1924-26. The three-storey house represents classicism, with features of functionalism and Ostrobothnian building heritage.

In 1926, offices of the South Ostrobothnian Defence Corps and the Lotta Svärd organisations operated in the building. Matti Laurila, head of the defence corps district, and his family lived on the top floor of the house.

The museum was inaugurated in 1988. The main building holds exhibitions about defence corps, the Lotta Svärd ogranisation and jägers, a meeting room, information desk and museum shop. The outbuilding presents an exhibition about Mannerheim and the Seinäjoki headquarters as well as the diverse sports activities of the defence corps.

The Suojeluskuntalainen (member of the defence corps) statue, the work of sculptor Pentti Papinaho, and the Suojeluskuntapoika (boy from the defence corps) and Lotta (member of women's voluntary defence organisation) reliefs are located in the inner yard.

Colonel Laurila's living room

Museums' opening hours:
September 1st to May 31st
Wednesday 12pm-6pm, Thursday, Friday and Sunday 12pm-4pm

June 1st to August 31st
Wednesday-Friday 12pm-7pm, Saturday-Sunday12pm-5pm

At other times upon agreement

Fees:
Adults: 6 euros
Children 7-18 years old: 4 euros
Students, pensioners and unemployed: 4 euros

Group tickets (at least 10 persons)
Adults: 4 euros, children 7-18 years old: 2 euro
Students, pensioners and unemployed: 2 euro

Combined discount ticket to the museums; to be used within three days from purchase
Adults: 8 euros
Children: 6 euros
Pensioners and unemployed: 6 euros


The Defence Corps and Lotta Svärd museum
Kauppakatu 17, 60100 Seinäjoki
Tel: +358 6 416 2734

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