History Museums in Helsinki

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History Museums in Helsinki

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  • FluffyFlamingo
    Germany23 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    Spent a great day on the island and at the open-air museum. We went on a Sunday, so we expected it to be quite crowded, but in the morning it wasn't too full.
    Very interesting collection of traditional wooden houses.
    There are many squirrels on the island, but we managed to see only one.
    If we visit again we're going to bring our own lunch as we found it difficult to find an open cafe.
    Written 17 April 2024
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  • GaryBrazel
    Brooklyn, NY539 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    It is a good museum in an attractive building. It is a fine introduction to the histolry of Finland. I expect it will be even better in 2027 after its multi-year renovation which will be starting soon.
    Written 27 September 2023
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  • Tony and Joy W
    Bridgwater, UK809 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    Entry to the museum was free which was great and it's designed for families with plenty of things for children to see. The museum is situated just off the Senate Square. The staff were all very friendly and spoke good English. They have a nice gift shop, cafe and clean toilets inside. The museum is spread over several floors and has a wide range of exhibits with many designed to interest children, although plenty for the adults to see as well! The museum gives you a history of Helsinki with photos and exhibits including rooms to show how people lived in the past. There was also a large model showing the city. Well worth a visit especially if it's raining!
    Written 31 May 2023
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  • AriHelsinki
    Helsinki, Finland4,749 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    Aalto studio is a great place and an insight view to Aalto's life and work. This is more like architecture office house but perhaps more interesting is The Aalto House. I recommend these both. One hour visit/each.
    Written 25 February 2021
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  • Oonagh R
    59 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    Plenty to see. If you are interested in any sports then you will find this enjoyable. Many interactive games. Well worth a visit and you can buy Olympic merchandise in the shop
    Written 14 August 2023
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  • Heli P
    Helsinki, Finland6,406 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    The small yellow cottage has stood on the same place from 1818 and was even inhabited untill 1974 when other wooden houses were still scattered around central Helsinki. Opened as a free museum again recently it shows a glimpse of the petty bourgeoisie family life in the 19th century. There is a guide on location, a brochure in English has detailed information about the furniture and decoration items which come from the Helsinki city museum collection. The house is located in a peaceful angle of Kruununhaka and open from Wednesday to Sunday 11-17.
    Written 14 June 2019
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  • JariJK
    Kouvola, Finland5,509 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    Design Museum Arabia is a part of Iittala & Arabia Design Centre in Arabianranta, Helsinki. It is easy to go there by tram (numbers 6 and 8). Hop off at the stop named Arabiankatu. It is situated almost next to the museum.

    The free museum is located on the 8th floor of the huge building which was built in the 1930's. The museum is open every day except on Mondays and public holidays. The museum displays products of Arabia ceramics factory and Iittala glassworks. Both of them are world-famous Finnish producers. You even see iconic products by Alvar Aalto, Aino Aalto, Kaj Franck, Timo Sarpaneva, Tapio Wirkkala etc. They also have Moomin products in the museum. You may visit the museum individually (no any admission fee) but guided tours are also available in Finnish, Swedish, English and Japanese. Guided tours (total price 80 euros/one hour if your group isn't bigger than 10 people) must be booked one week before the visit.

    Iittala, Arabia and Pentik stores are situated on the 2nd floor in the same building. You find a cafe and some restaurants there, too.
    Written 26 October 2023
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  • BizLuxTrvlr
    West Palm Beach, FL393 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    Having worked in the newspaper business, I had an interest in visiting this museum of Finnish newspaper history and printing technology. I would have enjoyed it more if there had been English language labels..
    Written 21 August 2018
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  • AriHelsinki
    Helsinki, Finland4,749 contributions
    3.0 of 5 bubbles
    Very small bourgeoise home museum but it is an important part of finnish history and time of enlightenment. Authentic gustavian style interior, some artworks, furniture and interesting facts about living.
    Written 27 August 2019
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  • JariJK
    Kouvola, Finland5,509 contributions
    3.0 of 5 bubbles
    Hotel and Restaurant Museum (Hotelli- ja ravintolamuseo, Hotell- och restaurangmuseet) is a special museum. It tells about food & drink culture and tourism in Finland. Admission is free with Museum Card, Helsinki Card and visitors under the age of 18 years.

    I learned interesting facts in the museum. Here is one example. In 1943 we got a law that says that school lunch must be free for every pupil. So Finland is the world's first country, which started to serve a free hot lunch for every pupil 1948.
    Written 12 May 2022
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  • Zhukov
    Inverness, UK465 contributions
    3.0 of 5 bubbles
    Went up this street by pure accident to Senate Square and the Helsinki Cathedral. Only found out what it was later.
    Written 3 September 2018
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  • AriPHelsinki
    Helsinki285 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    The park with old, big trees and garden area are fabulous. There are great old wooden buildings around the mainbuilding made of stone. In one of the old wooden buildings is a good restaurant "Wanha mylly". This place is easily reached by underground (10 min from city center to the east Herttoniemi, walk 1 km from the station to the southside of freeway, use the big bridge) or bicycle. The place is situated on the bicycle route and one can continue to the east along the beachfront with nice views and take an underground even back.
    Written 26 July 2017
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