The museum Ett hem (home) is the home museum of Consul Alfred Jacobsson and his wife Hélène. They donated their home to the Åbo Akademi University Foundation. The museum was opened to the public in 1932 in the family's original stone house on Hämeenkatu. After the demolition of the Hämeenkatu house, the museum was moved to a wooden empire house on Piispankatu in 1965. The museum displays collections of art, artefacts and furniture collected by the Jacobssons.
Me & hubby enjoyed the museum. The young guide was very aware of all the paintings and history of the objects. We were the only visitors and got a private guided tour through the house. If you go to Turku, I warmly recommend.
Hélène (1854–28) and Alfred (1841–31) Jacobsson were a typical bourgeois couple in Turku. Hélène had grown up in a wealthy family and had been educated and raised to be a good wife. Jacobsson's couple also co-founded the Åbo Akademi University Foundation in 1917. Alfred was a successful businessman and worked in many companies, e.g. Turku Iron Industry, Steamship Company Bore, Turku Tile Factory, Turku Osakepankki, Turku Verkatehdas and insurance company Verdandi. Hélène and Alfred were married in 1877. The couple never had children of their own, but they adopted an adopted daughter from Sweden named Kerstin.
On the left a portrait of the familys adoptive daughter Kerstin by Elin Danielson-Gambogi.
This stunning portrait by Elin Danielson-Gambogi is a portrait of a young girl
related to the family. I was so glad I saw this live!
The dining room in baroque style.
The moonlight painting was stunning, by young Albert Edelfelt.
Fantastic collection of porcelaine & glassware filled one room.
One of the first self-portraits by Helene Schjerfbeck,
painted when the artist was only 15 years old.