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Prykäri Glass Museum, Nuutajärvi

Nuutajärvi glass factory is the oldest glass factory still operating in Finland. The special museum Prykäri narrates the interesting history of Nuutajärvi glass village as well as the theory of glass production and showcases the production of the factory.

Kaj Franck made his name as a designer of glass and ceramics, but he also designed the Nuutajärvi Glass Museum. The Prykäri Glass Museum, as it is called, is located in the centre of Nuutajärvi Glass Village on the banks of the Nuutajoki River. The building, an impressive vaulted structure dating back to the second half of the nineteenth century, has been used for a variety of purposes over the years, including as a brewery. In this capacity, it supplied the glassworks’ employees with their daily ration of around 5 litres of beer. The building has also been used as a potash works, a metalworking shop, and for making moulds and crucibles.