Pentala Archipelago Museum

People started living in the fisherman’s estate on the northeastern tip of Pentala Island in the 1750s. There are about 15 buildings in the Archipelago Museum area. The oldest one dates back to the 1790s, the newest one to the mid-1900s. When the buildings were repaired, as much of the original structures were preserved as possible.

On the fisherman’s estate with its red-ochre walls, the atmosphere of the archipelago is almost tangible. Sheep graze on the former estate’s premises. The Archipelago Museum offers a versatile daily programme, such as guided tours, demonstrations and workshops. Various communities and associations also showcase their knowledge and skills in the museum area. You can familiarize yourself with our services in the event calendar and on the guided tours page.

Entrance to the museum area and the nature trail of Pentala Island is free of charge.


Museum Without Walls  – mobile guide to Pentala

You can get to know Pentala Island on your mobile phone or tablet by using our mobile guide, Museum Without Walls. The Pentala mobile guide is a great way to dive deeper into the island’s history. You can read about a certain spot or peruse the entire island. Families can also use the mobile guide while taking the Summer Adventure  independent tour on Pentala Island.  

You can access the guide on a web browser on your mobile phone or tablet, using a mobile data or Wi-Fi connection. You can also use a computer to browse the guide as an online exhibition. You don't have to be at Pentala - the guide can be accessed anywhere.

Gurli’s house

Fisherman Arvid Nyholm lived on Pentala Island. He courted the young Gurli Lönnberg and built a home for them to live in. Gurli and Arvid got married just before Christmas 1929. After his death in 1972, Gurli lived in the house for the rest of her life. Gurli Nyholm, the last year-round resident on Pentala Island, died in 1987.
Gurli’s house has now been restored to look exactly like it did in her final years. The Nyholms’ furniture has been brought back, not forgetting some items that Gurli herself held dear in her old age, such as her radio, devotional books and photographs. It is as if she never left – maybe she just popped out to do some gardening?

The museum offers guided tours to Gurli’s house every day at set times. Visitors can only enter the house with a guide. Each tour takes about 30 minutes. As the house is somewhat of a maze and full of items, due Covid 19 it is necessary to limit group sizes to 6 persons.


Summer Adventure – independent tour for families with children

Can you find a treasure under a rock on the beach? Should you become a nature poet? Find out about the secrets of the fisherman’s estate! Borrow a booklet full of exciting tasks from the information desk in Villa Rosengård. If you wish, you can also use the Pentala Island mobile guide on your adventure around the museum area. Everyone who completes the Summer Adventure will receive a sticker prize. We recommend the Summer Adventure for children aged 4 to 10 and the adults accompanying them.


Pentala Island nature trail

A nature trail takes visitors to the heart of the unique natural environment of Pentala Island, leading from the fisherman’s estate to Lake Pentalanjärvi and the picturesque Diksand beach. Follow the trail to experience Espoo’s versatile archipelago nature.  

The trail begins from the museum area. It is unfortunately not accessible for persons with reduced mobility, or prams. The 2.3-kilometre nature trail has been built by the Environment Department of the City of Espoo.