Vaasa has more sunny days than anywhere else in Finland. This makes exploring the city parks, modern architectural highlights, waterfronts and public areas that much more inviting. The archipelago Vaasa is situated on is a designated UNESCO world heritage site. Shaped by dramatic wars and reshaped by a city-wide fire in the 19th century, modern Vaasa is now an educational and cultural center. Explore Vaasa's political, maritime and natural history at the Ostrobothnian Museum, Vaasa's Maritime museum and the Terranova Kvarken Nature Center. For art, visit the Tikanoja Art Museum (whose permanent collection features such masters as Edgar Degas and Henri Matisse, as well as Finnish artists like Maria Wiik and Tyko Sallinen) and the Kuntsi Museum of Modern Art. Further afield, visit Old Vaasa, where you can see the ruins of the 1852 fire, including the 14th century remains of St. Mary's church.