Spinning Mill Area
The historic Forssa cotton mill was founded by Swedish-born Axel Wahren in 1847. The spinning mill was soon followed by a weaving mill, yarn dye works and the first industrial fabric printing plant in the country. The developing textile industry soon attracted people from near and far, and the small factory town grew into a city.
The spinning mill ceases operating in 1980, after which it has been renovated into a vibrant cultural centre and a fun place to visit.
Visit our museums and exhibitions, and enjoy refreshments at the terrace by the 36-meter-tall chimney. You can also check out the Kuhalankoski rapids and admire the green landscape which brings together the historic industrial red-brick architecture, as well as the park that borders it.
Forssa Spinning Mill Area
Forssa museum is located in an old cotton warehouse (built 1849) in the centre of the Spinning Mill Area. The museum has two different exhibitions. The permanent exhibition The City of Colourful Cloth tells the history of Forssa, its people, and its factories, and an art gallery hosts monthly changing exhibitions.
+358 3 4141 5100
Sat 10-14 (summer season 12-16), Sun 12-16
Pattern Centre is home to the Forssa museum's collection of printed textiles. The exhibition tells the story of Finnish textile printing, an industry that began here in Forssa in the 1860s. From the year 1951 onwards, Forssa design studio hosted textile designers and artists who created patterns of different colors and designs. These printed fabrics dressed our nation, decorated our homes, and spread across the border to international markets.
p. +358 3 4141 5100
(summer season also Sat-Sun 12-16)
forssa nature museum
Forssa Nature Museum is located in the waste spinnery with the Forssa City Library. Learn about animals, nature and nature conservation of the Tavastia (Häme) region in the permanent exhibition. Forssa Nature Museum is especially popular among families with children.
Wahreninkatu 4 A
+358 44 272 9002
Wed, Fri, Sun 12-16, Sat 10-14
During summer season Tue-Sun 11-15
Forssa City Library and Exhibition Space VinkkeliThis building (built 1874) used to serve as a spinnery for waste cotton, where the workers spun second-class cotton into a cheaper yarn. Nowadays, it is home to Forssa City Library and an Exhibition Space called Vinkkeli, which hosts temporary art exhibitions.
p. 03 4141 5405
Mon-Thu 11-19, Fri 11-17
Sat 10-14 (closed during summer season)
Restaurant old dyer & chimney terrace
The terrace and restaurant are located at the heart of the Spinning Mill Area by the 36-meter-tall chimney. They offer food and refreshments throughout the year.
+358 50 527 2037
Rento flea market
This unique flea market is located in an old foundry by the river rapids of Kuhalankoski. Walk behind the big spinnery building and cross the bridge by the rapids. The Rento Fela Market welcomes you to make some finds as well as to enjoy a cup of coffee and freshly baked goods like cinnamon buns.
Address: Uittotie 2
Rento Kirppis -website
Mon-Fri 10.00 – 18.00
Sat-Sun10.00 – 15.00
Opening hours may vary during the holidays.
Dance the night away within the walls of an old carpenters shop (built in 1883). Enjoy music and the dance floor with the latest hits played by a DJ or a live band.
p. 03 433 5185
Wed, Fri, Sat 22-04
forssa bowling alley
Welcome to Forssa Bowling! Book a lane or come for a game of pool or darts, and enjoy some refreshments and snack from the cafe & grill. The bowling alley is located by the river, behind the big spinnery building. Parking is available on location.
Lifestyle Shop Hushållska
This charming lifestyle shop is located in an old factory worker’s house. These wooden buildings were constructed in the late 1840s. Here you can find a beautiful selection of clothes, accessories and household items.
p. 0400 483 430
Kuhalankoski rapids and the Factory park
Check out the rapids that powered the first spinning machines, or have a picnic under the old linden trees. The Factory park by the river was founded in the 1850s. The lush Spinning Mill Area is a part of the Forssa National City Park that was founded in 2015.
Weaving Mill Area
Forssa Weaving Mill Area offers a variety of interesting shops and services within the beautiful industrial red-brick walls of an old cotton factory.
Construction work for the Forssa Weaving Mill first strarted in 1854. Less than a decade later Forssa Co. established the first ever industrial scale textile print in Finland. Since then the area has been the hub and heart of Finnish printed textiles. In the 1930's Forssa co merged with Finlayson. Finlayson increased the domestic input in textile design in 1951 by opening a design atelje dedicated for printed textiles. Industrial textile printing ended in the Weaving Mill Area 2009 and the buildings have been repurposed for commercial use.
Forssa Weaving Mill Area
Textile Print and Workshop Rykkeri is located within the old 1850's Weaving Mill Area.
Textile printing in Finlayson Forssa factories came to an end in 2009. This also marked the year Rykkeri was established ensuring the continiuity of Forssa textile printing tradition. Nowadays Rykkeri is the only company in Finland to print fabrics with a hand-operated 20 m printing table. Rykkeri prints its own collection of designs and operates as a print shop for other designers and producers.
You can visit Rykkeri Shop, book a tour or a printing workshop to really experience the art of textile printing by hand!
Fri 12-17, Sat 10-14
Also upon request
PUHTOINEN ECO SHOP
Here you can find eco-friendly and natural cosmetics, cleaning and loundry solutuions. Puhtoinen also sells decorative items for yor home as well as locally hand-made jewellry.
Puuvillakatu 4 c 2
Finlayson has a selection of household textiles and clothes made both from printed and woven materials. You can find designs in classic Scandinavian style as well as some playful patterns in vivid colors and a nostalgic retro vibes. Maybe you are a fan of the Moomin cartoons. Finlayson Shop is located within the Kutomo Shopping Center next to Citymarket.
kutomo shopping centre
The Shopping Centre has various different shops and services
- Citymarket grocery store
- Kutomo Pharmacy
- Finlayson Shop
- Alko liquor store
- Lahjamaa gift shop
- Intersport sports equipment store
- Subway sandwitch bar
- Ole Fit Gym
- Liikku Gym
- Hiustalo hair salon
- Dressmann mens cloting store
- Lunch Restaurant Vapriikki
- Terveystalo Healtcare / Doctors office
- Post office