The Parola Armour Museum
The Parola Armour Museum
4.5
Military MuseumsSpeciality Museums
10:00 - 15:00
Monday
10:00 - 15:00
Tuesday
10:00 - 15:00
Wednesday
10:00 - 15:00
Thursday
10:00 - 15:00
Friday
10:00 - 15:00
Saturday
10:00 - 15:00
Sunday
10:00 - 15:00
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Johanna V
8 contributions
Nov 2023 • Solo
I visited the museum because they were screening Sabaton's musical movie, and you could wander around the place with the movie ticket as well. I found the place rather interesting, even though I am no military history nerd per se! There were many exhibitions - indoors and outdoors! -, ranging from tanks to anti-tank systems to uniforms to celebrated war heroes, and just about every exhibition had a thorough info board next to it, written at least in Finnish and English (and maybe others, but I cannot remember). The people working there were nice and the little coffee shop/gift shop was quite lovely.
Written 13 November 2023
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Sanski66
Espoo, Finland371 contributions
Nov 2023 • Couples
It’s amazing how many tanks there are! Two warm halls and plentitude of vehicles outside. I’m not so much into military stuff but we had a friend with us who has served in the Finnish military and is a “tank driver”, he shared interesting details.
Written 5 November 2023
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finnegg
Helsinki, Finland49 contributions
May 2023 • Couples
I am not too much into tanks and stuff, but I needed to spend and hour and half while my wife had a meeting. It was very good, nice selection of tanks and armored vehicles. Lots of info in English and nice service from the lady on reception, I had a great time and would recommend visiting. Took me 1,5 hours
Written 13 May 2023
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rtdood
Manchester, UK202 contributions
Jan 2023
I visited the museum on a snowy winter’s day in January, and to my surprise I was the only visitor there! I reported to the upper floor offices to announce I arrived and was met by a really nice lady who explained to me the layout and how best to follow the museum through all the objects and halls. Information is printed in Swedish, Russian, English and of course Finnish. Photography is allowed.

In addition to the two warm exhibition halls I visited the museums wide outdoor area which houses even more tanks and armoured vehicles including a full armoured train that served during the Finnish wars! In total there over 60 tanks, so with an interest in history I was in my element throughout! It’s worth mentioning the museum also has anti-tank guns and equipment on display.

The first hall is the largest and starts with some tanks and founding of Finnish armoured units after the First World War before moving to SWW tanks. Round the sides of the hall are display cases showing tank uniforms, medals, troop gear, and personal stories of commanders and individuals that performed with distinction during the wars. There was a great deal of information here and I enjoyed reading it. The second hall focuses on cold war to early 2000s development of Finnish armour and features tanks from the period.

The outdoor area is built across a small hill that overlooks the 3 halls below. It has been separated into 2 levels, with tanks across the hill being semi open all under a metal roof. The pathway was cleared of heavy snow, and I worked my way round them. It’s worth mentioning there is also a mock wooden bunker shelter showing what troop quarters would have been like during the war and two PAK 40 anti-tank guns which overlook down the main road and approach to the hill from the south. At the top there is the armoured train which can be viewed on the approach from the main road that runs alongside the southern perimeter. It’s quite a rare site to see an armoured train and is definitely worth seeing whilst you are here.

Coming back down the hill, I finished off the visit before visiting the shop seeing the smallest hall which houses anti-tank equipment and guns. This is quite central to military history of Finland during the SWW besides the armour. One anti-tank gun is fully interactive for kids, as a mini simulator! The shop is small and is connected to the cafe and main hall. It’s quite nice and cosy inside.

Some previous reviews mentioned about the condition of tanks, personally I don’t see an issue with this as the tanks indoors are immaculate condition and those outside are mixed some being restored whilst others retain some rust, damage, and chipped paint – which in my opinion is reflective of realism. There are volunteers who actively have put a lot of effort into restoring many of the tanks and some are in perfect running condition which can be seen during special event days!

Besides being warmly welcomed by the lady on arrival, I didn't see any other staff or volunteers around the museum, but I didn't need to see any, this is of course the winter season and it is typically quiet!

I spent just about under 80 minutes here, although could have done with another hour to properly read everything that was on offer but sadly I was limited by trains from Parola station. The walk from the station is easily manageable across flat pavements and simply follows the main road. It takes about 20 minutes, and the pavements are ploughed in winter. If short on time you can get back to the station in about 13 mins as a very quick walk! As of the winter timetable provided by VR, trains to/from Helsinki were roughly every 2 hours with a journey time of 1hr 25mins.
Written 31 January 2023
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Oystein F
Gardonne, France334 contributions
Jun 2022
An armoury museum is very dependent of the objects’ restoration quality. Unfortunately the Parola Armoury Museum, which is full of very attractive objects, many of the tanks and other vehicles cannot be found other places, but so much material being stored outdoors and subjected to all natural forces, this has had a strong impact on the vehicles displayed. Accepting that this is a museum of little means, the solution is normally to depend on volunteers and good neighbours – and the area holds several military establishments with qualified personnel. We were a group of military veterans from several countries, some of us with museum background. We were amazed of the number of vehicles displayed and of the information given. But as stated, conservation is a must as well as display. Favourite? The part of a train, on its rails on top of the area. How did you manage to get it up there?
Written 13 August 2022
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sarah19241927
Glasgow, UK167 contributions
Jun 2017
My partner is very much into tanks so he very much enjoyed himself. Spent quite a few hours here. Plenty to see. Nice cafe for a bite to eat and drink. Also purchased a few items for the gift shop.
Written 3 October 2017
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LaThuile
Espoo, Finland202 contributions
Jun 2017 • Family
Really big and spectacular tank museum. There are probably about 100 tanks in the museum, some of which are in the outdoor area. There is also one special tank (T-26 from year 1933) in the museum, the only surviving tank of that type in the world. A couple of hours in the museum goes so fast because there is so much to see.

There is also one armored train in museum.

The children especially liked the tanks where they could climb on or go inside.

There is also a café with fantastic jelly donut on sale.
Written 5 August 2017
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Familyof4_2Boys2014
Calgary, Canada209 contributions
Jul 2017 • Family
An easy 1 Hour trip from Ylojari (Tampere) as traffic was good. Our boys (10 & 12) were immediately engaged in all the museum had to offer. Every item in the collection had translations in English, Swedish and Russian. There were two vehicles boys could go into and one tank to climb on. The outdoor exhibits were also well done and walking the length of the armoured train was something else to see. Overall a great 90 minute to 2 hour stop when in the area. Pair it with the church at Holy Cross Church in Hattula for a good afternoon. If IItala is open that could make a day in the area.
Written 7 July 2017
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VikingOlaf
Tampere, Finland91 contributions
Oct 2016 • Family
A paradise for those who like armory and the smell of old gunnery. Very interesting, extensive and rare exhibition. So many armoured equipment, that one will forget the time, when exploring the devices, texts and pictures. The museum gives a creditable view of the Finnish armoured forces during the WW2 and present. Most of the equipment is well renovated and the younger ones just like they were during their service. Excellent work from the museum!

It is sad that their fine equipment have to suffer from lack of space! The first hall is excellent, but the second hall maybe too small for the giants. I don´t understand how they got all these tanks and stuff in such a small room! Outside there are also more tanks, armoury tested turrets and interesting vehicles, like an armored train with bullet dents in their covers from WW2. Also the anti-tank defence hall is well arranged!

Special thanks to the staff for letting us visit the museum just after closing time. Our mistake for not checking the autumn opening times. Great service!!
Written 24 October 2016
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niinan2
Nurmijarvi, Finland1,595 contributions
Jul 2016 • Friends
If you wish to see tanks and more tanks visit Parola Tank Museum. There is two indoor areas and an outdoor area. Some of the tanks are in really good shape and some not so much. I think it's still an interesting museum to visit. The fee is 7,50 eur. There is also a small gift shop
Written 31 July 2016
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