16 Jun 2021

Blossoming patterns! - summer exhibition


Florals from the early 1900s to the 1980s 


In its summer exhibition Fossa Museum Pattern Centre displays one of the most common patterns in the history of printed textiles — florals!

The idea for a summer exhibition came to light when a forgotten collection of floral designs was found within the textile archive. The designs came from different decades. As a result, the Forssa Museum decided to invite textile and pattern designer Tanja Valta to curate the coming exhibition. From the patterns found, Valta chose 10 patterns that formed the core of the exhibition. As a whole, the exhibition showcases florals in textile samples, printed fabrics and hand-drawn sketches by textile designers. These designers include Arja Mattila, Aino Kauranen, Helena Kaulio-Turkki, Pirkko Hammarberg, Mirja Tissari, Katri Mattila, Aini Vaari, Clara Nordfors and Kirsti Rantanen to name a few.

The Forssa Cotton Mill was founded in 1847. In 1861 the Forssa Ltd. was the first company in Finland to start the production of printed textiles. In 1934 two textile companies Forssa Ltd. and Finlayson merged, and Finland’s largest fabric printing factory continued its operations under the name Finlayson-Forssa. In 1951 the company established a pattern design studio in Forssa and for nearly 60 years Forssa was the only producer of printed textiles in Finland. Production stopped in Forssa in 2009.

The Pattern Centre preserves and presents an extensive collection of industrial textiles, including the comprehensive history of Finnish printed fabric. The collection includes samples of printed fabrics dating back to the 1860s and original designs and sketches from between the 1940s and the 1990s.

The Pattern Centre will open its new permanent exhibition to the public in the fall of 2021. This summer exhibition will turn over a new leaf in the history of Finnish printed fabric.

The exhibition is open 15.6. - 15.8.2021

Tue-Fri 10-16
Sat-Sun 12-16

Entrance fee:

5€                    Adults
3€                    Pensioners, unemployed, students and groups of more than 10 people
0€                    Children under 18 years , ICOM
8€                    Combined ticket to our two exhibitions: the Pattern Centr & the Forssa museum

Blossoming patterns! - summer exhibition



Our permanent exhibition City of Colourful Cloth tells how Forssa evolved from a group of farming villages in the middle of the 19th century into a modern industrial city.

It tells how Axel Wahren founded Forssa and how “cotton angels” came to work in the factory. It tells about the time when the river through the city got blue, green or red, depending on the dyeing plant. It also tells about later days when rotating machines produced kilometres of colourful cloth, and when houses were made of concrete.

Opening hours

Mon closed
Tue-Fri 10-16
Sat 10-14 (summer season 12-16)
Sun 12-16



The Pattern Centre is home to our museum's collection of printed textiles. The space is divided into an exhibition space, museum shop, archive, and research facilities.

The new exhibition tells the story of Finnish textile printing, an industry that began in Forssa in the 1860s. Forssa maintained its status as a focal place of printmaking know-how and design, through the age of industrial textile printing in Finland, and continued onwards from the 1930s as an important part of Finlayson Co.

From the year 1951 onwards the Forssa design studio hosted textile designers and artists who created patterns of different colors and designs: stripes, polka dots, florals, abstracts, and everything in between, always getting inspired by the movements of art, popular culture, and design of their time. These printed fabrics dressed our nation, decorated our homes, and spread across the border to international markets.

Our permanent exhibition includes information, illustrations, and photographs of designers and their time as well as printed textiles, made into textile installations. These installations have been created to showcase different styles and decades of Finnish printed textile design. You can learn about color layering, color theory, and textile printing in our exhibition that invites you to touch, feel and try for yourself!

We are open, starting April 30th, 2022

Mon closed
Tue-Fri 10-16
Sat-Sun 12-16
(outside the summer season upon request during weekends)

Address: Wahreninkatu 13, 30100 Forssa


RONTTISMÄKI factory workers' house museum

Experience the living of local industrial workers and craftsmen in the 1880s in a complex of three wooden houses. The Workers House Museum is open during events in the summertime. All the events are free of charge. You can visit or book a tour outside the events by contacting the museum staff in advance by email or phone:

+358 3 4141 5101

Location: 2. Linja 5-7, Forssa



10.-29.1. Anne Vilkuna: Paintings, "Piece by piece"

31.1.–26.2. Veera Nivalainen: Sharing fruit and other intimate encounters.

28.2.-26.3. Outi Rämö: Paintings

28.3.–23.4. Jaana Saario: Paintings and frescos. 

25.4.-7.5.  Keramiikka-artesaanit, lopputyönäyttely. Forssan ammatti-instituutti. 

9.5.-21.5. Forssan lasten ja nuorten kuvataidekoulu, lopputyönäyttely.

23.5-18.6. Elisabeth San Miguel: Installations.

20.6.-16.7.  Työryhmä Pehmeä puoli ( Työryhmä  Heidi Hakkarainen, Sirpa Hannele Heinonen, Lotta Leka, Kirke Muhonen, Janne Raappana, Katariina Rantala, Kristiina Töyry, Leena Vainio, Hanna Valtokivi, Sanna Ristolainen, Marika Viskari ja Heli Väisänen. )

18.7.-13.8. Petra Kallio: Graphic art.

17.-20.8. Naomi Ito ja Anu Tuominen: Helminä 

22.8.-10.9.  Valokuvaaja Jussi Pohjakallion lehtikuvia (SK) 1950-luvulta.  Journalistic photographs.

12.9.-8.10Veera Inkeri: Installations

10.10-5.11. Pia Männikkö:  Installations

7.11.-3.12. Niina Hiltunen: Textile art.

4.12- 7.1.2024 Niko Saarinen: Drawings and sculptures.

The picture is form an art exhibition by Noora Ylipieti - Toisia palveleva rakkaus, 2019.



If interested, please send in your application including an exhibition plan, CV, photographs of your previous work or exhibitions, and your preferred time for the exhibition.

Application time for the year 2023 starts in April 2022

Exhibition times will be decided during the summer season. We will contact the artists chosen for the year 2023 during the summer of 2022.

Gallery space is approximately 80m2.

Rent for the exhibition space is 80 € for the first week + 40 € every week after that (includes VAT24%). The standard exhibition time is 4 weeks, but exceptions can be made.

For more information + sending in your application please contact us via phone or email:
+358 3 4141 5101

Mailing address:
Forssan museum
PL 62
30101 Forssa

Accessibility report | login Synergia Foxy