In addition to our Standard tour, it is possible to book a themed tour at the Sanatorium. Choose your favourite from the themes below.
Duration of a theme tour is 2 hours.
Young architects Alvar and Aino Aalto
Your guide tells you more about the ideals behind the architecture. Alvar and Aino were about 30 years old while designing Paimio Sanatorium. Why have they chosen these railings, windows or door handles for this building? What is the idea behind these various forms?
Furniture at Paimio Sanatorium
Paimio Sanatorium was finished two years before Artek – furniture company was founded. Aaltos designed all the furniture, lamps and so on for this large building. During this theme tour we concentrate on details of the furniture and talk about manufacturing. Why are there so many different chairs?
Cultural history of Sanatorium
What was is like to be a patient at Paimio Sanatorium in different decades? What was Finland like in 1930s when the Sanatorium was built and how is it reflected on the architecture? Your guide will tell you stories about how alcohol was smuggled to the Sanatorium and how people living around the Sanatorium felt about it.
Tuberculosis and its treatments
This theme concentrates on medical side of the Sanatorium history. What kind of disease is tuberculosis and how was it treated in different decades? What was it like to be a patient at Paimio Sanatorium? How architecture would help to fight this deadly disease?
Photography & sketching
Would you like more time to take photos or make sketches? Our guides show you the most photogenic corners and rooms. Smaller groups might even have time to visit areas that normally are closed for visitors. Sketching tours are popular among architect students – you’ll have more time in each room to see, draw and photograph the details. The tour can be tailor made, according to your wishes.