The museum houses art and object collections as well as both inherited and acquired antiquities. There are also objects on display bought at the beginning of the 20th century, among these electrical lights, sofas and a variety of utility articles that now form a part of the museum’s current collections.
The art collection
The museum’s art collection includes oil paintings, graphics, watercolours, pastels and sculptures. Most of the works are landscape paintings. Approximately ten of the oil paintings are portraits of the family. The visitor will see works by artists such as Albert Edelfelt and Helene Schjerfbeck. The collection contains works by Victor Westerholm, Gunnar Berndtson, Hjalmar Munsterhjelm and Akseli Gallen-Kallela as well. Many of the most renowned sculptors of their time are also represented in the museum, for instance Wäinö Aaltonen and Felix Nylund, who has also sculpted the marble bust of Alfred Jacobsson.
Furniture and other artefacts
The home was decorated with furniture representing different styles and epochs. As an example serves the Biedermeier style sofa group carved by the carpenter J. G. Hammarström, located in the Kingelin room. The baroque cupboards and chairs in the dining room originate in the 17th century. The lighter seating groups in the drawing room represent the Gustavian style that originated in Sweden in late 18th century. The corner sofa in Hélène’s parlour was a modern piece for its time and was manufactured in Nicolai Bomann’s sawmill.
The museum holds a large textile collection, which contains traditional rya rugs hung on the walls, embroidered cushions, silk and lace pieces as well as various furnishing fabrics. Some of the unique works include beaded tablecloths and silk pictures embroidered with hair.
Photographs and postcards
The photograph collection contains studio shots of the family, relatives, acquaintances and Alfred’s business acquaintances. Additionally, there are amateur pictures of the family’s home, the town, their summerhouses on the island of Ruissalo and in Nokkala as well as photographs taken during their trips in Europe. The museum holds also a collection of postcards the family has received from relatives and acquaintances. The photographs and postcards have been catalogued and partly digitized.
Menus and place cards
The museum has an extensive collection of menus dated between 1885 and 1919. The menus come from the family’s own celebrations and dinners the family attended elsewhere. Some of the menus come from business dinners and lunches, others from various special occasions such as weddings and other festive occasions. Some menus have attached programs with speeches and music performances listed separately.
The houseplants on the museum’s porch
There is a collection of early 20th century houseplants on the museum’s porch. Late 19th century decoration ideal dictated that the home was supposed to be decorated with different exotic plants. Home interiors were decorated often with plants that had originally grown exclusively in the greenhouses of mansions. Large ornamental porcelain vases and flower pillars were acquired for the plants. Some of these are still on display in the rooms and showcases of the museum. Archive pictures reveal the types of plants the Jacobsson family had in their home. These included for example a lush ivy, an exotic agave and grand palm trees.