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Kholm Merchant House is a house in the city of Porvoo, built by the Kholm family in brick in 1762, after a great fire in 1760 that destroyed all the wooden buildings in the city. The house, which has been owned by the Porvoo Museum Association since 1919, houses an interesting museum.
The museum in the Kholm merchant house has become both historical and artistic at the same time. Here you can get acquainted with the life of the merchant class, with the original decoration of the house, preserved from the end of the 17th century.
On the first floor of the house there was a brisk trade, and the family itself occupied the upper floors. Servants lived in several rooms in the attic. At the beginning of the 19th century, bakeries were also opened in the house. However, over time, production was stopped, and in 1919 the house was purchased as a museum. For a long time, the house still stood abandoned - the museum was opened only in 2007.
On the ground floor of the museum, regular exhibitions with changing expositions are held. There is also a souvenir shop here. The museum funds contain many different photographs and documents illustrating the history and life of the city, various objects and works of art created by local masters of the 18th – 20th centuries. The property of the museum includes two more houses and outbuildings on the territory of the merchant's estate, in particular, barns, a pigsty, a carriage shed. There is no tourist access to these buildings.
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