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Hospital Museum

The Hospital Museum is located in Piiri, Seinäjoki, on the premises of the historic Törnävä Mental Hospital. The museum is housed in a building designed by architect Axel Mörne, originally completed in 1928 for use as an epileptic treatment facility. The park-like area of Piiri, with its buildings, has been well-preserved in its original state.

The Hospital Museum showcases the history and aspects of healthcare in South Ostrobothnia, ranging from psychiatry to somatics, as well as the operations of Härmä Hospital. The museum has extensive space and diverse collections. In approximately 40 exhibition rooms, visitors can learn about topics such as South Ostrobothnian hospitals, the history of healthcare, treatment of childhood diseases, surgery, neurology, the functioning of wartime hospitals, and conquered illnesses.

The Törnävä Hospital area has also been inhabited for a long time. Until the 1960s, the hospital formed a partially closed community where patients, nurses, service staff, and officials lived together. The museum also presents the life of this almost self-sufficient community.

The Hospital Museum was established in 2004. From 2004 to 2021, the museum was maintained by the South Ostrobothnia Healthcare Heritage Association, which collected materials, preserved information, and organized guided tours. Since the beginning of 2022, the Hospital Museum has been a part of the Seinäjoki Museums.

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