Over 3000 items of handicraft cultural history
The culturally and historically valuable Tyyne-Kerttu Virkki collection consists mainly of Finnish handicrafts, but also includes East Karelian, Estonian and international objects such as Cypriot and Mexican. The period of the collection is mostly from the beginning of the 20th century to the present day, with the main emphasis on the time of war and the post-reconstruction period.
The Virkki Handicraft Museum and its collections began operations in 1977 in connection with the Vokki Gallery, run by Tyyne-Kerttu Virkki, on the ground floor of Merikannontie 3.
In 1995, the collection of more than 3,000 objects at the Virkki Handicraft Museum was transferred to Karjalatalo in Käpylä. The exhibition activities at Karjalatalo ended in October 2010, and the collections were transferred to the Finnish Handicraft Museum in Jyväskylä.
The museum's digital database, archive, library and the Virkki Home Museum remain under the control of the Virkki Foundation.