The Vaasa Car and Engine Museum is owned by the veteran car association Vaasan Veteraaniautoseura ry. The museum has been restored and is nowadays mainly run by voluntaries. The past few years the number of visitors has increased to record-breaking levels.
The Vaasa Car and Engine Museum opened its doors in 1981. At the museum you will find engines and cars dating from as far back as the early 20th century up to modern times. At the museum the history of traffic and vehicles is illustrated by means of restored cars and other vehicles. An example worth mentioning is the horse-drawn ambulance from 1909. There are also several fire engines and other firefighting equipment on display. The museum’s large collection of bicycles provides an excellent opportunity to get to know the development of the bike. The museum collections also include soapbox cars, snowmobiles, motorcycles and mopeds.
On the ground floor of the car museum we traditionally display a theme exhibition which varies every year. Last year it was Citroën cars to celebrate the anniversary of the car manufacturer. This year we have crossed the English Channel. The exhibition The rise and fall of the British car industry presents the fascinating lifecycle of the British car industry in great detail. On the ground floor you will also find the permanent exhibition consisting of a variety of vehicles from the early 20th century up to the mid-1940s. On display there is an old fire engine which you can take for an imaginary spin, one of the oldest taxis in Finland and other rarities!
The motorsport exhibition on the first floor has been renewed once more. Our comprehensive collection of race cars from several decades is unique in all of Finland!
Vintage Heaven on the second floor presents recent history from another point of view than that of vehicles. In true Custom Culture spirit, the second floor offers a comprehensive exhibition of bicycles, motorbikes, model aircrafts, TVs and radios. You can also learn the history of the Vaasa engine factories and pay a visit to the old shop!