UNESCO-World Heritage: Verla Mill Museum in Kouvola

Nov 26, 2019 3:37:18 PM

Verla Mill Museum
The Groundwood and Board Mill in Verla/Kouvola

Groundwood and Board Mill

Verla Groundwood and Board Mill is a UNESCO World Heritage site since 1996. Verla is quite simply unique. Located about 30 kilometres from the centre of the town of Kouvola, it is an old board mill in a beautiful and peaceful landscape on the Verlankoski Rapids in SE Finland. The mill has been the heart of its village since the 1870s, first as a working mill and since 1972 as a museum.

Lassi Kujala UPM Verla Mill Museum © Lassi Kujala / UPM Verla Mill Museum

The Factory Museum

Visitors to the museum can relive the early history of the forest industry and life in a small mill village: the original mill buildings and machinery, the patrons residence, the surrounding area and the idyllic workers’ cottages as well as the Verla Rapids and its power plants. The white board, made only of spruce wood, was manufactured here till 1964, with the methods from 19th Century.

The mill museum tells the process of board manufacturing as well as of the life in the mill village. In summer, the village workshops and boutiques are a further attraction.

Lassi Kujala UPM Verla Mill Museum © Lassi Kujala / UPM Verla Mill Museum

Guided tours through the museum

Tours in Finnish begin every hour on the hour. The last tour of the day is at 16:00/ 18:00. Tours in other languages are available by arrangement. A tour is approximately 60 min. Service Languages in Summer: Finnish, Swedish, English, German, Russian… – depending on our guides. Every tour begins with a 10 min documentary of the mill spoken in Finnish, Swedish, English, German, French, Russian or Spanish, subtitled also in Italian, Japanese and Chinese. Written summaries of the mill tour available also in other languages.

Lassi Kujala UPM Verla Mill Museum© Lassi Kujala / UPM Verla Mill Museum

Product information: Verla Mill Museum

  • Established: 1972
  • Languages: English, German
  • Season: 02. Mai - 30. September
  • Opening hours: 
    • 02.05. - 30.09.: TUE - SUN 11:00 am - 04:00 pm
    • Midsummer - 15.08.: open daily 10:00 am - 06:00 pm
  • Location: Repovesi National Park only 30 minutes from Verla
  • Services:
    • Restaurant Verla, open according to the museums opening hours (for groups preferably by arrangement)
    • Craft Shops
    • Museum Shop
    • Winery
    • Accommodation in Verla Rental cottages (can be booked only online www.verlanmokit.fi/en - these are former cottages of the mill workers)
    • Summer exhibitions
    • History walk - a short route with infos in the mill area

Headerphoto © Lassi Kujala / UPM Verla Mill Museum

Contact: Verla Mill Museum

UPM Verla Fabrikmuseum
Verla Gästeservice
Verlantie 295, 47850 Verla
Tel. +358 20 4152 170

Destination: Kouvola Region

In Kouvola, the urban and the rural live side-by-side. The Kymi River winding through the region provides the local population and tourists with a setting for recreation, serves local forest industry companies and provides a unique landscape.
More about Kouvola Region »»

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