By the end of year 2022, permanent exhibitions presenting the nature, culture and history of the area and a changing exhibition space are planned in the premises of the current Tourist Center Karhuntassu, in connection with the Hannu Hautala Nature photography Centre.
More than 20 different exhibitions related to the nature, history and culture of the region are planned for the center, including virtual exhibitions.
One of the main exhibition sites is a miniature model of Kuusamo’s church village, which will get a new home at the center. The approximately 7-meter-long, 1:300-scale miniature model depicts the Kuusamo church village in 1937, and the model has 492 beautifully described buildings in detail. With the help of the interactivity added to the miniature model, you can experience the history of Kuusamo in a new way.
The history-timeline animation is an educational and pedagogically interesting exhibit where the history of Kuusamo is presented bilingually from prehistory to the present. The application is an interesting experience for the whole family.
The beginning of Kuusamo’s tourism and culture is presented in unique exhibition screens, where you can familiarize yourself in depth of the topic with the help of digital applications. At the exhibition site, you can marvel at old ski equipment or, for example, traditional musical instruments.
Kuusamo’s nature attracts local and international tourists now and in the future. Three different map applications guide the traveller to the best nature photography locations, to the villages of Kuusamo to explore nature and cultural sites, and to virtually walk the Pieni Karhunkierros trail or The Salpa Line fortification zone world war trenches. Karhuntassu tourist information strongly supports the operation of the new center with expertise and personal service.
The city of Kuusamo has catalogued more than 1,700 museum objects, changing exhibitions enables visitors and locals to get acquainted with all the museum objects. Every object has a story, and the stories form a history that affects us all.
How did children play in the past and now? An interactive “traditional play game” is planned for the center, which creates playfulness and activates the whole family. Virtuality enables time travel and an educational experience at the same time.
Evacuation stories and Reino Rinnee’s poems are presented in audio and video form, and the personal histories of Kuusamo’s influencers are studied from the past to the present day. The center also has a comprehensive military history section.