During summertime, from May until September, Amurin työläismuseokortteli is a great place to visit. It is the only building complex that is still left from the old life of industrial Tampere. I like to take an hour or two to walk through all the rooms the fictional characters inhabit and read their stories that are written on the walls.
There is a timeline that starts from the Russian Era from the 1800s and goes all the way to the 1970s, when the last person left the quarters (she is not fictional but someone who really lived there and her home has been kept just like it used to be!). In the beginning, the factory workers who came from the countryside shared a kitchen with many other families, and each family had only one room for themselves. The times have really changed, and this gives us something to think about.
The other reason I go to this place throughout the whole year is its great old-fashioned café, Amurin Helmi, popular for its ”home-baked” traditional breads & sweet buns and the soup lunch in pretty atmosphere that takes you back in time.
Around Christmas & Easter holidays, it is decorated the way we did in my childhood. This is the place where I often like to meet my friends and relatives, since you can sit there for hours without being in a hurry, because it is so spacious and homelike.