November 22, 2016

2876 FINLAND (Pirkanmaa) - Santa Claus over the Vapriikki Museum Centre

As it is well known, the home of Santa Claus is in Finland, in Korvatunturi, as also Santa Claus Village and  Santa Park, located about 10 kilometres south of the Arctic Circle, near Rovaniemi, the capital of Lapland. No wonder therefore that Santa has passed over the Vapriikki in Tampere, where on November 12, 2016 was held the Christmas Party Meetup, organised by the Finnish postcrossers. In that day took place the Day of Christmas Postcard (which gathered together artists, associations and postcard sellers), and then a meetup and a Christmas Party for postcrossers.

With a picturesque location beside the Tammerkoski rapids, Vapriikki is a museum centre that hosts the Natural History Museum of Tampere, the Media Museum Rupriikki, the Mineral Museum, the Finnish Hockey Hall of Fame, the Doll Museum and the Postal Museum, plus some temporary exhibitions. Vapriikki is housed in the old Tampella factory hall, whose oldest parts date back to the 1880s. The largest exhibition hall was built in the 1910s-1920s. Vapriikki opened to the public in 1996, and the building was fully ready as a museum in 2000.

About the stamp
The stamp is part of the series Finnish Barns, designed by Satu Lusa and issued on May 6, 2016. The five first class stamps depicts the winning pictures selected among over 4,300 which participated to the contest organized by the barn picture Kantri monthly supplement of Maaseudun Tulevaisuus and by Posti.

Since November 1st, 2016 the old Moominvalley special postmark has been out of use, being replaced by the one used on this postcard. Moominvalley Museum is amuseum located in Tampere and devoted to original works by writer and artist Tove Jansson (the creator of Moomins).Up until the end of 2012, the museum situated in the basement of the building of the city library Metso, and then moved to the ground floor of Tampere Art Museum. In may 2017 will move to Tampere Hall.

Vapriikki Museum Centre - Official website

Sender: Virpi Salminen and the Finnish postcrossers who participated to the Christmas Party Meetup which held in Tampere on November 12, 2016
Sent from Tampere (Pirkanmaa / Finland), on 15.11.2016
Photo: Merko Kulmala

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