Kotkaniemi – the home museum of President P.E. Svinhufvud
Kotkaniemi welcomes visitors to see the home of one of the key figures of Finnish independence and former president, P.E. Svinhufvud, situated by the lake Kivijärvi and surrounding beautiful nature. In addition to the museum there is a café and conference rooms in the main building. On the grounds there is also a garden, restored to its 1930s look, with its outbuildings. Kotkaniemi is located in Luumäki, about 20km from Lappeenranta in South Karelia.
The museum and café are open regularly during the summer months starting from May and is closed during the winter (September-April). On special occasions and on request we are open all year round. If you would like to book a visit, get in touch and find out more!
We provide an unobstructed access to the museum through the café.
tel. 040 522 7553
Itsenäisyydentie 799 a
(Many navigation programmes still find Kotkaniemi with its old address, Lappeenrannantie 455.)
Kotkaniemi is the home museum of president P.E. Svinhufvud and Mrs. Ellen Svinhufvud. It was built as a rural judge residency by Lappee district judge Alfred Thomé in 1898 and was acquired by the Svinhufvuds in 1908 when P.E. was inaugurated as the successor of Thomé. In addition to the house the estate consisted of outbuildings such as barns, storehouses, a henhouse and a stall as Kotkaniemi acted as a working farm as well. The traces of its farm life past are still present in the courtyard.
Kotkaniemi was the long-term home where P.E. Svinhufvud always wanted to return to in between and after his governmental and political posts. All together four generations of Svinhufvuds have lived in Kotkaniemi, the latest was grandson Jorma with his wife Sirkka and their children. The house was turned into a museum in 2000 by the National Board of Antiquities. It is now owned by the state, which carried out a thorough basic renovation in 2016-2017. Since 2018 the museum and exhibitions have been maintained by the Kotkaniemi foundation.