In summer 2014, beside the Art museum’s manor, rose a new extension, tripling the available exhibition space to a total of 1500 square meters, enabling larger and more versatile exhibitions. The extension also contains modern conservation facilities, a magnificent restaurant with a beautiful view, a festive hall, as well as a spacious museum shop.
”The door opens quietly, as if a whispering wind could move the oaken door. A sturdy knock on the floor, no-one to be seen – maybe it is just the invisible governess of the Club. But has some visitor – the Queen, the President or a Counselor of State – left their secret in the mansion?”
The Mänttä Church was designed by architect W. G. Palmqvist and it was inaugurated in 1928. The wooden sculptures by Hannes Autere and the altarpiece by Alwar Cawén give a unique touch to the Mänttä Church. Construction of the church was completed in 1928, and was built at G.A. Serlachius’s own expense.
Vilppula Church was designed by architect Georg Schreck and was built in 1891–1900. The church ended up in the firing line in the battles of 1918, and the hitmarks are still seen on the support pillars of the bell tower. The altarpiece is a painting by Pekka Halonen called “Kristus vuoritiellä” (Christ on the mountain path), an endowment by Thyra Jurvelius.