Mikkeli Centre of Photography
Puistokatu 3
50100 Mikkeli, Finland
Tel. +358 45 1494866

Tuesday-Friday 12am-5pm
Saturday 10am-3pm
Sundays and Mondays closed

Open in July every day 10am-5pm

Five gallery spaces in a beautiful building at the university campus of Mikkeli.

SUMMER EXHIBITION 23.5.-17.8.2019

The Story of the Lake People Photographed by Leo Montonen

From the summer exhibition The Story of the Lake People Photographed by Leo Montonen

From the summer exhibition The Story of the Lake People photographed by Leo Montonen

Leo Montonen's (1905-1968) photographs are a historical, Finnish treasure. The audience can discover a voyage to the past and cultural heritage through his photographic art.

The Finnish Lakeland, a unique body of water, is known for its environmental richness and beauty of the landscape. Leo Montonen photographed in Puumala, in the archipelago of Saimaa. This classical exhibition presents a fascinating story of the Lake people, and their living in the 1920s and 1930s through art photography. The photographs have been printed at the Mikkeli Centre of Photography from Montonen's glass negative plates, which were discovered 50 years after the death of the photographer in the autumn 2018. There is also a beautiful art book consisting of Montonen's photos available from 1.6.2019 onwards.


Mikkeli Centre of Photography was established in 1989, being one of the oldest centres of photography in Finland. We celebrate our 30th jubilee in 2019. Mikkeli Centre of Photography is a contemporary and versatile Finnish art centre, which houses five separate gallery spaces: Hall, Gallery I, Gallery II, Gallery III and Lounge Gallery. In these galleries there are constanty changing exhibitions showing contemporary Finnish photography, and in Gallery III photographs of the local cultural history and heritage. There is also a small, high quality library of photographic books for the audience in the Lounge as well as an Information Service Desk.

The Centre promotes photography and visual arts on regional, national and international level. The Centre organises high quality art exhibitions, conducts photography, art and media education, is an expert in publishing photography books and houses a Digital Photography Workshop and design workshop space Kultura for artists' work, education and research. We work in cooperation with the Cultural Services of Mikkeli City and Arts Promotion Centre Finland.


The exhibitions of Mikkeli Centre of Photography are open as follows:
Tuesday-Friday 12am-5pm
Saturday 10am-3pm
Sundays and Mondays closed.

The summer exhibition is open every day in July, 10am-5pm.

As an exception to normal opening hours, the centre is closed on Bank Holidays, during weeks 51,52 and Midsummer 21-24.6., and when there is a construction period of new exhibitions.


Admission fee: 5€.
Students, pensioners, draftees, unemployed: 3€.
Children and youth under 18, press, members of Mikkeli Photography Centre: free admission.
Educational groups with a teacher: free admission.

The centre and the exhibition spaces are fully accesible to individuals using a wheelchair.