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Touring exhibitions

Metsänpeitto -The magical forest


Rulla’s activity-based touring exhibition tells the stories of the mythical Finnish forest.

Group of children watching pond-animation, which is reflected on the floor at Metsänpeitto exhibition.

The exhibition is based on Finnish folklore. It focuses on the theme of how people used to view and experience the world around them. With the stories, the exhibition aims to encourage everybody to play and use their imagination in the forest. At first, the forest is just a regular forest. However, when you look more closely, you will see that it is actually inhabited by different animals and mythical creatures.

At the exhibition, visitors turn into forest dwellers, and they are allowed to enter the metsänpeitto, the secret world of spirits and  fairies.
The visitors will get to see the ancient world tree that holds up the sky, cross a marshland on some duckboards, and take a break on the moss-covered stones by the forest pond. The visitors can also visit the cave of the old bear, catching a glimpse of the starry sky, enjoying a warm fire and listening to the owls hooting quietly in the night. You might also spot some of the forest’s secret inhabitants: the  fairies, trolls and gnomes.


The exhibition aims to awaken children’s curiosity towards nature and encourage them to think about what nature means to humans. The stories at the exhibition will stir children’s interest towards tradition, old tales and history. At the same time, the exhibition encourages them to use their imagination and explore the forest. The exhibition brings children, families and school groups to think about what it means to be Finnish and what forests have meant to us historically and what they mean to us today and in the future.

The Metsänpeitto exhibition participates in the  Finland 100 anniversary programme by celebrating Finland’s ancient relationship with nature.

Take a look at Metsänpeitto > (Youtube)

Materials in finnish:

Brochure > (Pdf)
Media release > (Pdf)
Poster > (Pdf)
Materials for teachers > (Pdf)
List of books > (Pdf)

Bookings and enquieries:

Head Coordinator
Marianna Lehtinen
040 801 6868
Marianna.Lehtinen(at)tampere.fi

Borrow a children’s culture package

Music journey -package. Includes for example little drum, guiro, tin whistle and instructions for the package.

The touring children’s culture packages allow school and day care groups to travel to the world of arts. You can reserve a package free of charge at Children's Cultural Centre Rulla. The borrower is responsible for picking up the package and returning it. The package is about the size of a trunk, and it contains all the instructions and equipment needed for an art journey.

Packages currently available:

•    Roalty test
•    Dance journey
•    Music journey
•    Circus package
•    Drama package
•    Sound seeking package

Bookings and enquiries:

Cultural Coordinator
Ronja Jylhä-Vuorio
050 527 1442
ronja.jylha-vuorio(at)tampere.fi