The Finnish Railway Museum

The Finnish Railway Museum, Hyvinkaa: Hours, Address, The Finnish Railway Museum Reviews: 4.5/5

The Finnish Railway Museum
4.5
10:00 - 17:00
Monday
10:00 - 17:00
Tuesday
10:00 - 17:00
Wednesday
10:00 - 17:00
Thursday
10:00 - 17:00
Friday
10:00 - 17:00
Saturday
10:00 - 17:00
Sunday
10:00 - 17:00
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Merja75
Finland371 contributions
Museum worth visiting
Jul 2020
Easy access from E3 both South and north bound. Free onsite parking. Friendly staff. Cute little train for kids to ride onsite (if weather allows) on summertime.
Written 9 July 2020
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Konsta O
Pori, Western Finland, Finland267 contributions
A must with kids
Jul 2019 • Family
Two halls of trains and cars. Some of them you can see inside. Wonder why you cannot access to any and not even see inside the old president's car.

Outside there is two more buildings. The old station and another exhibition building. Outside cafe was OK and the mini train for kids. A 10 minute ride in the old passenger car 'lättähattu' available with extra charge. Don't miss the railroad bars outside by the turntable.
Written 27 July 2019
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Macenceman
Villa de Mazo, Spain94 contributions
Superb collection of engines
Jul 2019 • Family
WEll worth the visit, there were engines from all ages and many imported from USA or Britain, all kept in very good condition, by only problem was that many exhibits were only explained in Finnish, only a few had translations. There was also a small café with good prices.
Written 18 July 2019
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davefr0mireland
Helsinki, Finland38 contributions
Impressive Finnish Railway Museum
Jun 2019 • Solo
The Finnish Railway Museum is an impressive exhibition of railway history from the 1860s to the present day. Many of the exhibits have descriptions in English.

The museum has several indoor and outdoor exhibits. The exhibition hall features locomotives supplied to the developing Finnish railway industry by manufacturers from Scotland, Manchester and the USA from the 1860s onwards. The Royal coaches of the Russian Tsar are also on display.

The Roundhouse features more locomotives and an early locomotive repair shop. Exhibits tracing the history of railway engineering in Finland are shown here (descriptions mostly in Finnish).

A separate station building, restored to its 1873 condition, illustrates a booking office, a waiting room for the general public, and a waiting room for ladies.

The Barracks, a building once used to house railway employees, displays exhibits that include mannequins in period uniforms (from railway workers, ticket inspectors to railway officials). Descriptions are in Finnish but there's a comprehensive guide in English at the entrance that you can refer to as you work your way through the exhibits.

The cafe is a small cottage (once a bakery) with seating indoors and outdoors.

The museum is very child-friendly. Lots to maintain a child's interest, especially an interactive area for children in the Roundhouse and a miniature railway outside that kids can ride on.

Getting there :
Located about 60 km north of Helsinki. By car - follow the E12 and the exits to Hyvinkää (exits for the museum are signposted at exits to Hyvinkää). By rail - take the commuter rail line R at Helsinki Central Station. Hyvinkää is the last stop before Riihimäki on the R Line (about 45 mins travel time). Buy your rail ticket at the Central Railway Station or online on the VR website before travelling - rail tickets are not sold on commuter trains.

The museum is just under 1 km from the railway station - a 10 minute walk along Hyvinkäänkatu.
Written 29 June 2019
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mWrite
Helsinki, Finland1,367 contributions
Special train rides also
May 2019 • Couples
We spotted special museum train ride from Helsinki to museum. They have these special rides couple times per year, so check homepage. You can easily reach museum by local commuter train to station Hyvinkää and less than 10 min walk from there to museum,
Building is divided into two sections, one old hall with steam locomotives. Interestingly you can walk beneath one engine to see how it looks from under.
The other section has more wagons, having the jewel of the museum, the imperial wagons. They were made for Russian czar 1870 and are only examples existing today.
Museum has good internet pages in Swedish, English and in Russian. Also information tables are in English and Russian.
Summary: Highly recommended. Check further information for special events when planning.
Written 19 May 2019
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Mikael F
Vantaa, Finland18,566 contributions
A must-see museum for train enthusiasts and others too
Oct 2018 • Couples
Hyvinkää can be reached by suburban train from Helsinki in 45 minutes. There is a 10-minutes walk from Hyvinkää Railway Station to the museum.

The museum exhibits Finnish railway history from the 1860s until the present day. The site is a former station and engine shed of the private Hyvinkää-Hanko Railway, dating from the 1870s.

The absolute highlight of the exhibition is the Imperial train of the Russian Tsar.

It is a pity that you cannot get inside the trains. You can see them only looking outside through the windows.
Written 13 November 2018
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Eero I
Helsinki, Finland158 contributions
A must for railway buffs, especially the fantastic "Imperial Train"!
Oct 2018 • Family
The Finnish railway museum is located some 60 km from Helsinki, but if you have the opportunity, it is well worth the trip. The most famous exhibit is the only surviving Imperial Train of the Tsars of Russia. The museum also shows an excellent timeline history of the railway's development in Finland.

The museum site is a former private railway's station area and railway yard, with many old buildings surviving and part of the exhibition. The oldest locomotives and carriages can be found in a special hall, which also contains the three Imperial Train carriages. They were built in the 1870's for travel between Helsinki and St Petersburg and remained in Finland during and after the revolution of 1917.

The more recent steam locomotives are inside the old locomotive shed, the collection describing the history of railways in Finland can be found in the former station building. During the summer there is a museum cafe in the old bakery house.

Some of the info boards are a bit difficult to read, due to small print and low contrast colors, and some interesting carriages lack access platforms, so it would be a good idea to book a guided tour. In any case, do not miss this fascinating museum!
Written 2 October 2018
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Invicta1958
3 contributions
Well presented museum!
Jun 2018 • Solo
If you are at all interested in railways, well worth a visit. Very well presented and almost everything in English - main exception was the Tsar's Imperial Train but that explains itself! Interesting that they started to build up the collection from the 1920's, so they have some very early locomotives.
Written 28 June 2018
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Romy K
19 contributions
Travel through Finnish History through trains
Jul 2017
A compact museum with original engines and carriages showcasing Finnish history. Nicely structures tours and allowance to take photographs, makes it a must visit when in Hyvinkää.
Written 16 May 2018
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Varaloba O
Hameenlinna, Finland190 contributions
Excellent railway museum
Aug 2017 • Family
Went as family visit with young children, even if you do not have a great interest in the railways, there is something for everyone, with lots of trains, carriages and railway equipment to see, well worth taking time to see it all. For those with a particular interest, it could easily take longer.
Written 3 October 2017
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The Finnish Railway Museum is open:
  • Sun - Sat 10:00 - 17:00