Lusto’s exhibitions, collections, events, work demonstrations and theme days provide a diverse and illustrative insight into the significance of forests in the life of Finns. The relationship between man and the forest in Finland is unique – the forest lives in us.
The Haulier statue
Visitors are greeted by the Haulier statue by Herman Joutsen when they arrive at Lusto. The life-size sculpture is a tribute to the pair that worked hard in the forest, a man and a Finnhorse.
There is a barbecue shelter at the edge of Lusto forest where you can barbecue sausages and burgers by the fire. There is firewood available, but please remember to pack your own picnic lunch and fire-making tools.
Lusto Shop is scented with tar and tastes like the forest. The shop sells forest-related quality products, most of which are made in Finland. The selection includes decorative and utility items, jewellery, toys, games, textiles, postcards, books as well as products featuring our special exhibitions.
Museum Restaurant Nila
Museum Restaurant Nila is another attraction at Hotel Punkaharju, a café-restaurant for the whole family inspired by nature, the forest and small local producers.
The Lusto building, completed in 1994, has been elected as a representative of Finnish 20th century modern architecture. The main designers of the concrete-framed building, lined with larch, are architects Rainer Mahlamäki and Ilmari Lahdelma. The original Lusto building is, as its name implies, round like a tree’s annual growth ring.
The Lusto extension was opened to the public in 2008, and by then the building regulations allowed the use of more wood in the building, including the frame.
Lusto’s exhibition spaces differ from conventional, neutral museum spaces as they seek to bring the forest inside by such means as changing the lighting and spaces of different heights and shapes.
Sustainability along with authenticity and courage are Lusto’s values, in line with our strategy. We want to practice what we preach, so we invest in sustainable options in all our operations.
We recommend using public transport
Lusto is a perfect destination for the environmentally conscious traveller as the Lusto train halt is only about 100 metres from the museum entrance. There are several trains every day so visitors from the Helsinki metropolitan area can easily take a day trip to Lusto and return home in the evening.
We produce our own solar power
Lusto commissioned a solar power plant in autumn 2018. The power plant’s 250 solar panels can generate up to 68 kWp in total, which translates into an annual self-sufficiency rate of about 10% in power generation. The power plant uses the latest smart technologies, which optimise and monitor the power generation operations panel by panel and improves the fire safety of the system.
We consider energy efficiency
We pay attention to energy efficiency by adjusting the building technology as required. Lusto is heated using renewable bioenergy produced by a local district heating company.
We guide students on the path to sustainable development
The museum holds workshops for students every year, which are focused on environmental issues and sustainable development. This focus is reflected in the themes of the workshops, for example, as well as in the craft materials, which are ecological natural materials, whenever possible.
We choose environmentally friendly products that are made in Finland
The Museum shop, Luston Puoti, sells forest-related quality products, most of which are made in Finland. We prefer products by local producers, and we take environmental aspects into account in the selection process.
We promote circular economy
We sort and recycle waste efficiently at our museum.