The Teresia and Rafael Lönnström Home Museum showcases the unique home
and art collection of the industrialist couple from Rauma. The museum is located next to Kappelinsalmi in a
building completed in 1942. The house was opened as a museum
In the 1920s, Captain Rafael Lönnström (1892—1943) founded in Helsinki a company for the production of war munitions. During the Second World War, the Lönnström Group with its many factories relocated to Rauma, away from the front. After the death of her husband, Teresia Lönnström (1895—1986) ran the company until the 1970s. Her niece Else Bech (1911—1988) lived with the family from the 1920s onwards.
Teresia and Rafael Lönnström were lovers of culture and art. Over the years they built up a large collection of Finnish and international art, silver and porcelain objects, Finnish art glass and period furniture. The main body of the collection consists of Finnish paintings from the 19th and 20th centuries. Artists represented in the collection include Elin Danielsson-Gambogi, Berndt Lindholm, Hjalmar Munsterhjelm, Victor Westerholm, Victoria Åberg, Ferdinand von Wright and Pekka Halonen. The Lönnströms never spoke about themselves as art collectors. The collection grew gradually following their personal taste in decorating their official residence.
The Lönnström Art Museum and the Teresia and Rafael Lönnström Home Museum are both run by the Teresia and Rafael Lönnström Foundation