Several factories were established by the Kymijoki river 150 years ago. Ankkapurha Industrial Museum was set up in the premises of the old groundwood mill and board mill, founded in 1872 at Lohisaari Island. The heart of the museum is first continuously operated board machine in Finland from the year 1897. The machine was shut down 81 years later in 1978 and restored in 1997.
The museum exhibition illustrates the early stages of Ankkapurha area as well as peoples working and living conditions and the industrial development over a period of more than 100 years. Plenty of old photographs and objects are on display. Also there is an exhibition about inhabitants of the Stone Age in Ankkapurha. Near the Industrial Museum is an old living house, Museum House Warpunen. In the Museum House Warpunen you can see an old office and two apartments for the factory workers. The Museum House Warpunen is open on request.
Ankkapurha Industrial Museum is open during summertime. Guided tours for groups can be arranged also outside opening hours. The museum is situated close to the industrial area of Stora Enso Ingerois Mill. The address is Kuitutie 2, Inkeroinen. In the summer 2020 the museum is not open due to the covid-19 situation. More information will follow if the situation changes.
In Tehtaanmäki area old industrial tradition and modern forest industry live hand in hand. In 1930s the factory hired famous Finnish architect Alvar Aalto to plan a paper mill in Inkeroinen. Finally, Aalto and his office designed residential areas, production and office buildings and also a public school from 1938 to 1956. Inkeroinen industrial area is a Memorial Site for forest industry named by National Board of Antiquites. More information about Tehtaanmäki area you can find from VisitKouvola web site.