Oulu Museum and Science Centre building to open in summer 2026

The new building will house Tietomaa, the North Ostrobothnia Museum and most of the staff of the Oulu Museum and Science Centre.

In preparation for the culture capital year, we build something new: in 2026, a new building combining a museum and science centre under one roof will open in Myllytulli on the site of the current Tietomaa premises.

The new Museum and Science Centre building will house Science Centre Tietomaa and the North Ostrobothnia Museum, as well as most of the Museum and Science Centre’s staff. The new exhibition and event centre aims to attract more than 200,000 visitors per year. Construction will start in 2024.

Tietomaa, located in Myllytulli on the old Åström industrial estate since 1988, closed for renovation in July 2023. In connection with the renovation, the adjacent theatre building with its glass corridors was demolished. The protected part of building will be joined by new larger premises.

The North Ostrobothnia Museum will end its operations in the museum’s current premises in Ainola at the end of 2023. The new exhibitions will open in new premises in Myllytulli in the new Loggia building, the winner of the architect competition.

For further information, please contact:

Pekka Olsbo

Director of the Oulu Museum and Science Centre