Kilens Hembygdsgård in Sideby, Kristinestad is a comprehensive museum and leisure area where you can experience beautiful nature. The area is situated close to a place that was used for fishing in old times, next to the coast of the sea Bottenhavet. The museums in the area represent farmer- fishing- and peasantry culture and mediate the knowledge of former generations lifestyle.

In the summer Kilen is a place to gather for events. During the summeoga evenings, trips back in time and 18th century treats are organized. “Surströmmingspremiär” is also organized every summer and during this event a special dish, herring that has fermented, is served. In addition to the events organized by Kilen, organizations use it as a place for gatherings and it is also used for private parties as weddings, meetings and seminars.

More about the Kilen in swedish.

Guided tours are available upon request, info@kilen.fi or 040 684 5080.


Opening hours for Restaurant and Museum 2019:

Museum opening hours

June Tuesday - Sunday 12-16 (opens 4.6.)
July: Tuesday-Friday  10-16 and Saturday-Sunday 12-16

August (until 11.8): Tuesday-Sunday 12-16


Restaurant opening hours:
June: Saturday - Sunday 12.00-16.00
July: Monday-Friday 11.00-16.00 (11 am to 4 pm)

and Saturday - Sunday 12:00-16:00 (12 pm to 4 pm)

August :(until 11.8.) Saturday - Sunday 12.00-16.00 (11 am to 4 pm)


Kilen also has a hostel with 8 apartments and 5-6 beds in each of them. There is also a camping place for caravans and a guest harbour for boats.

See Accommodation for further information!


Contact us:
+358 (0)40 684 5080