Seurasaaren Ulkomuseo
Seurasaaren Ulkomuseo
4.5
11:00 - 17:00
Monday
11:00 - 17:00
Tuesday
11:00 - 17:00
Wednesday
11:00 - 17:00
Thursday
11:00 - 17:00
Friday
11:00 - 17:00
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  • jon
    London, United Kingdom20 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    A lovely island stroll in the snow
    Lovely and peaceful even in winter. Contrary to some reviews that seem to suggest you can arrive by boat from Helsinki in February - you cannot as the water is well and truly frozen. You can, however, arrive by bus and then walk across the bridge to the island. All of the the museum attractions and cafes/restaurants are closed (unfortunately) but it is still a lovely peaceful walk around the edge of the island in the snow. Listen out for the lesser spotted woodpeckers. There is also a raised wooden bear cache where the island inhabitants would have stored their meats away from prying bears!! A lovely walk.
    Visited February 2023
    Travelled as a couple
    Written 28 February 2023
  • Margueriteevel
    New York City, New York67 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Wonderful way to spend an afternoon
    I loved this open-air museum, even more than Suomenlinna Island which I also recommend but if you only have time for one, I suggest Seurasaari. The pine trees are gorgeous and the air is so fresh and crisp. It’s so relaxing to just walk around, plus you learn a lot too (like how to keep your food storage safe from bears (see photo!)). Bonus: lots of cute, playful red squirrels.
    Visited July 2022
    Travelled with family
    Written 7 March 2023
  • MN_Walkers
    Minneapolis, Minnesota568 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    A very interesting and pleasant place to visit.
    A very interesting and pleasant place to visit. The entire area is a public park through which one can wander freely. By paying an admission charge (€10) you can enter and explore a number of the buildings; otherwise you can see the outside of all of them. Inside the buildings that are open there are guides who are very informed and will take as long as you want to answer your questions. There is a lot to see, the area is very peaceful, and we enjoyed it thoroughly. We spent three hours in all.
    Visited May 2023
    Travelled as a couple
    Written 22 May 2023
  • Claire
    Singapore, Singapore67 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    One of the most beautiful places I’ve ever visited
    This oasis is a mere 20-minute bus ride from the city centre. The walking trails are beautiful and there are many fantastic sight-seeing spots. Perfect for a tranquil and relaxing afternoon stroll! I’ve been to Seurasaari twice and both visits were immensely enjoyable. Get a ticket to the open-air museum at the entrance if you’re visiting for the first time; there’s lots to see in the museum area of the island!
    Visited June 2023
    Travelled solo
    Written 10 June 2023
  • Joe
    14 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Loved it
    Lovely place to just walk around or see the history. Plenty to see and learn, even if you don't pay for the museum bit. Nice places to picnic or walk, wildlife, views and easily accessible by tram, bus, bike or walk.
    Visited June 2023
    Travelled with friends
    Written 18 June 2023
  • freutmich
    787 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    History Meets Nature
    What a beautiful spot this is! The people of Finland are lucky to have such a place to enjoy nature and their country’s history. Public transportation drops you right at the entrance to the island, which features a collection of historic buildings that have been moved here from all over Finland. I assumed everyone would have to pay admission to walk around, but that is not the case. I had the Helsinki Card so I secured a ticket, but that just guarantees you access to open buildings. Without a ticket you can still walk the trails and enjoy the island. I was lucky to have great weather during my visit. As a result, the couple of hours I spent at Seurasaari became a highlight of my trip.
    Visited June 2023
    Travelled solo
    Written 5 July 2023
  • Tatiana K
    4 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Historical and beautiful
    Seurasaari is a small island just a short bridge walk from Helsinki. It houses a collection of wooden structures built in 17 - 19 century from all over the country. From a modest food storage and a water saw mill, to a Manor House and a vicar’s dwelling. Entry to the park is free, so you’ll see a lot of city dwellers running or strolling the many picturesque trails, but entry to several most interesting buildings is open only to paying patrons. The docent would greet you at the door and give a mini-guided tour of the building. They are all fluent in English, so no language barrier. And if you are up to a leisurely stroll or more energetic walk on a woody trail along the shoreline, it’s there for you. If you have time on your hands you also may want to visit house of Urho Kaleva Kekkonen, one of the most influential and long running presidents of Finland. It’s off the park area close by.
    Visited July 2023
    Travelled solo
    Written 6 July 2023
  • Katie H
    Melbourne, Australia322 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Insights into Finnish living conditions and history
    A stroll around this wonderful open-air museum was a highlight of our visit to Helsinki. We spent nearly three hours here. The opportunity to see different architectural styles of Finnish buildings of previous centuries was interesting and gave an insight into the culture and lives of folks living in different parts of the country. Having visited both Suomenlinna and here, this was the superior experience: signage was excellent, and we were much more informed about what we were visiting. The staff in the various buildings were friendly and had a wealth of knowledge about the history of the building and quirks of the style, and while there were many folks walking around, there was space aplenty for everyone to enjoy the experience.
    Visited July 2023
    Travelled as a couple
    Written 13 July 2023
  • RYC88
    Centreville, Virginia1,277 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Lovely place to spend a couple hours
    You can take the tram, bus, or train to the island and all take about the same time. The island is a lovely place with lots of walking trails and then there is the village/open air museum you can wander around. You don't have to buy a ticket to walk around the buildings and you can even go in some of them. If you want to go in the furnished places, then you can buy a ticket. The buildings are not recreations, they are original homes and buildings that have been brought from different parts of Finland to show the building styles and time periods. It's great to walk around and read the signs about the history. There is a cute ice cream stand and a nice little cafe. The public bathing area is a fenced off section and looks like it is a nice beach - just make sure you check to see which days are clothing-optional if you have issues with things like that. The funniest thing about the whole experience was that one of the first things listed on the website describing the island is the fact that there are tons of “friendly” squirrels and even in the museum shop, there were all these squirrel things – mugs, magnets, etc. We expected to see the squirrels everywhere, but we didn’t see a single one, until we got near the end of our walk and saw a lone squirrel, way up ahead of us, on the path. It's a great place to spend a couple hours, even if it's raining.
    Visited June 2023
    Travelled as a couple
    Written 20 July 2023
  • Sven H
    Mainz, Germany73 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Lovely location for a day trip
    A great place to spend at least half a day. Not only is Seurasaari a fanatastic recreation area and nature reserve, where you can enjoy great sea-side views and observe the local fauna and flora - parts of the island also harbor an open-air museum with historical Finnish buildings from the 17th to 20th centuries. Overall, Seurasaari thus has a lot to offer for all senses and almost everyone.
    Visited July 2023
    Travelled as a couple
    Written 2 August 2023
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stjean11
Dorset, UK766 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Sept 2023 • Couples
This island is simply beautiful. The buildings are wonderful. So quiet and peaceful.
Lots of red squirrels running around.
Could have spent hours here but on a guided tour. We would love to go back and spend more time exploring the island.
Written 26 September 2023
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Mamachoco
London, UK238 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Aug 2023 • Family
We chose a rather rainy day for our visit to Seurasaari, but after a stop in a cafe the weather improved. There is so much to explore here, and although we didn't pay to visit the inside of some of the buildings, there is enough information on boards dotted all around the museum. The little birds are extremely tame here, they land on your hand (and head), and the red squirrels come right up to you as well. As do the mosquitoes, so come prepared for that. This must be a beautiful place in winter as well.
Written 4 September 2023
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Janan C
Canada1 contribution
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Aug 2023 • Couples
What an educational, friendly and culturally-rich place! I initially expected a kind-of boring outdoor museum with some dusty old houses, but boy was I surprised! After paying a small fee, we were able to explore all available buildings from churches to farm houses and chat with the local knowledgeable staff who stay within those buildings and are prepared to answer all questions one has. Two staff members in particular were incredibly warm and friendly, not only answering my ceaseless questions, but going beyond and sharing historical, political and personal stories about the building, the island, the country and even themselves. I really did not expect such a wonderful experience. Go with a curious and open heart and you will surely leave feeling closer connected to Finland and its people.

P.S. At the church there is an interactive recreated punishment for those who went to church drunk. I happily put my leg into it after my pleasant chat with the staff.

Thank you, Finland!
Written 2 September 2023
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Annabel U
West Kirby, UK13 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Aug 2023
Go if you possibly can! This is a great half-day for all ages. The distances between buildings are small . There’s a few buildings with toys/ dressing up stuff for kids. We paid the €10 entrance fee at the start, not sure if it would be worth it, as you can see at least half of the buildings without it. However, for all the larger buildings, and most of the ones where you can go inside, you need to have bought the ticket. All ticketed buildings have knowledgeable, multi- lingual guides; we asked them lots of questions about life in the past and what all the various items were in the houses/ church/farm buildings etc. There are a couple of cafes which were fine but it’d be a great place for a picnic.
We explored the rest of the island afterwards- the museum occupies about half- and it was a pleasant 45 min walk around the southern coast. Take your swimming stuff if you’d like to swim in the free public ‘pool’ which is just part of the lake. People were swimming elsewhere too although check for algae!
Written 13 August 2023
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Sven H
Mainz, Germany73 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jul 2023 • Couples
A great place to spend at least half a day. Not only is Seurasaari a fanatastic recreation area and nature reserve, where you can enjoy great sea-side views and observe the local fauna and flora - parts of the island also harbor an open-air museum with historical Finnish buildings from the 17th to 20th centuries. Overall, Seurasaari thus has a lot to offer for all senses and almost everyone.
Written 2 August 2023
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of Tripadvisor LLC. Tripadvisor performs checks on reviews as part of our industry-leading trust & safety standards. Read our transparency report to learn more.

RYC88
Centreville, VA1,277 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jun 2023 • Couples
You can take the tram, bus, or train to the island and all take about the same time. The island is a lovely place with lots of walking trails and then there is the village/open air museum you can wander around. You don't have to buy a ticket to walk around the buildings and you can even go in some of them. If you want to go in the furnished places, then you can buy a ticket. The buildings are not recreations, they are original homes and buildings that have been brought from different parts of Finland to show the building styles and time periods. It's great to walk around and read the signs about the history. There is a cute ice cream stand and a nice little cafe. The public bathing area is a fenced off section and looks like it is a nice beach - just make sure you check to see which days are clothing-optional if you have issues with things like that. The funniest thing about the whole experience was that one of the first things listed on the website describing the island is the fact that there are tons of “friendly” squirrels and even in the museum shop, there were all these squirrel things – mugs, magnets, etc. We expected to see the squirrels everywhere, but we didn’t see a single one, until we got near the end of our walk and saw a lone squirrel, way up ahead of us, on the path. It's a great place to spend a couple hours, even if it's raining.
Written 20 July 2023
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Katie H
Melbourne, Australia322 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jul 2023 • Couples
A stroll around this wonderful open-air museum was a highlight of our visit to Helsinki. We spent nearly three hours here.

The opportunity to see different architectural styles of Finnish buildings of previous centuries was interesting and gave an insight into the culture and lives of folks living in different parts of the country.

Having visited both Suomenlinna and here, this was the superior experience: signage was excellent, and we were much more informed about what we were visiting. The staff in the various buildings were friendly and had a wealth of knowledge about the history of the building and quirks of the style, and while there were many folks walking around, there was space aplenty for everyone to enjoy the experience.
Written 13 July 2023
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Tatiana K
4 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jul 2023 • Solo
Seurasaari is a small island just a short bridge walk from Helsinki. It houses a collection of wooden structures built in 17 - 19 century from all over the country. From a modest food storage and a water saw mill, to a Manor House and a vicar’s dwelling. Entry to the park is free, so you’ll see a lot of city dwellers running or strolling the many picturesque trails, but entry to several most interesting buildings is open only to paying patrons. The docent would greet you at the door and give a mini-guided tour of the building. They are all fluent in English, so no language barrier. And if you are up to a leisurely stroll or more energetic walk on a woody trail along the shoreline, it’s there for you. If you have time on your hands you also may want to visit house of Urho Kaleva Kekkonen, one of the most influential and long running presidents of Finland. It’s off the park area close by.
Written 6 July 2023
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freutmich
Kansas City787 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jun 2023 • Solo
What a beautiful spot this is! The people of Finland are lucky to have such a place to enjoy nature and their country’s history. Public transportation drops you right at the entrance to the island, which features a collection of historic buildings that have been moved here from all over Finland. I assumed everyone would have to pay admission to walk around, but that is not the case. I had the Helsinki Card so I secured a ticket, but that just guarantees you access to open buildings. Without a ticket you can still walk the trails and enjoy the island. I was lucky to have great weather during my visit. As a result, the couple of hours I spent at Seurasaari became a highlight of my trip.
Written 5 July 2023
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Joe
14 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jun 2023 • Friends
Lovely place to just walk around or see the history. Plenty to see and learn, even if you don't pay for the museum bit. Nice places to picnic or walk, wildlife, views and easily accessible by tram, bus, bike or walk.
Written 18 June 2023
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of Tripadvisor LLC. Tripadvisor performs checks on reviews as part of our industry-leading trust & safety standards. Read our transparency report to learn more.

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