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Maps, Books and Art

Maps, Books and Art

Our maritime collection is focused on the history of navigation, exploring, and cartography.

We have a vast collection of antique maps, marine art and marine antique, which can be explored in the maritime museum in Pasila, Helsinki, and online at website.

The collections are maintained and new pieces are added by obtaining new artifacts and receiving donations. We also organise exhibitions and lend parts of the collections to other displays.

Saaristo ja mökki

The Baltic Sea’s Heritage Virtual Exhibition

The exhibition presents a novel way of illustrating maritime culture and environmental efforts. It dives into the depths of marine culture and the Foundation’s environmental work.

Hosted at Digimuseo, the exhibition is aimed at people of all ages who are interested in maritime culture and in the drive to save the Baltic Sea.

Antique Maps

The map collection currently has a total of one thousand maps, atlases, terrestrial globes, and rare books from the 15th century onwards.

The collection involves maps of the Baltic Sea and the region of the Nordic countries as well as arctic maps. The foundation has the biggest private collection of Baltic Sea maps.

Vanha kartta
Burrell maalaus purjelaivasta myrskyisällä rannalla

Maritime Art

The art collection of the foundation contains paintings, graphics, and sculptures. The maritime art has a total of about 150 pieces.

Some Finnish artists whose pieces are part the collection are Akseli Gallen-Kallela, Björn Landström, Lasse Malmlund and Henrik Tikkanen. The collection has many sea and ship paintings from the German professor Adolf Bock.

Maritime antique

The collection includes maritime instruments and equipment as well as a maritime historically valuable miniature ship model collection.

The jewel of the collection is Inkeri, the captain’s saloon from 1892.

Pienoismalli höyrylaivasta

The basis of the foundation’s operations is the collections of maritime art, antique maps and maritime antiques collected over the decades in the family business John Nurminen Oy and later in the John Nurminen Foundation.

Lågskärin majakka ja talo iltahämyssä


With the help of books, maritime history and the Baltic Sea culture are made known.

The foundation has published a total of 50 books over the course of thirty years, some of which have been translated into many languages.

The photo is from a book Meren muisti, by Raimo Sundelin