Dånön kotiseutumuseo
Dånön kotiseutumuseo
See & Do See & do Cultural environments

Dånö homestead museum

The Dånö homestead museum is situated near a fjord-like creek in the beautiful Dånö. The museum exhibits past time living in a typical pilot- and fishing crofter’s holding. Dånö became a pilot’s residence already in the 1700’s and the house where the museum is located has been inhabited by two families of pilots.

Last person that lived in the house was Amanda Nordblom (1854–1927) and when she died the house was sold at an auction (90 years ago). Two people, whose ancestors were from Dånö, made a commitment with each other to buy the cottage with all its furniture and create a folk museum. Lydia Holmberg, principal of the Åland handicraft school for women in Sund, and the conductor, music teacher and professor Emil Johnsson managed the museum for 40 years until the Dånö museum association was founded in 1968.

The articles in the museum contain of the inventories from the pilot crofter’s holding as well as household items and hand tools given, deposited or bought at auctions. Among the treasures are a figurehead and a cabinet from the 1700’s and a large collection of hand tools that were used by fishermen and farmers long ago.

The museum is in Geta, about 40 km’s north of Mariehamn. The museum is easily accessed by car and situated prior to the turning area of the Dånö road.

Dånö homestead museum is open 2020 on 20 June–22 August: every day at 1–4 pm, except on Wednesdays at 4–7 pm. Other times by agreement in advance.