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Helsinki City Museum, Helsinki

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History Museum Museum
Visit Helsinki City Museum to learn about the city's history, culture, and cherished local spots. Several centuries ago, this city was a quiet village with wooden houses; at the museum you'll learn how it transformed into a European metropolis. A plethora of photographs and stories about famous residents tell the story. You'll discover what the traditional food is like and view installations and artifacts from important events. At the museum shop, purchase artistic scarves, posters, and books, among other souvenirs. Check out the theater that plays historical Finnish movies. Entrance to the museum is free of charge. Put Helsinki City Museum into our Helsinki vacation planner and find out what's close by, where to stay, and where to head next.
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  • The most interesting part of the newly renovated museum is the oldest, dating back to the 16th century and now dedicated to children. The themes are based on different periods in history and show ship...  more »
  • The museum, which is free, has a great child friendly section. This is a good way to get children into museums. The theme is general how Finland changed in the last 60 years. Currently there is a spec...  more »
  • The (fairly limited) range of things on display did not really "click" with us. Easy place to get to ........ but overall we felt that we could have spent the time better elsewhere.  more »
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  • Must visit place in Helsinki. Free entrance. Exhibition features different parts of city's history coupled with VR experience, real photo archive and many other installations
  • This is a brilliant museum to take kids, loads of hands-on and dress-up stuff and it's completely free. If you're in Helsinki with kids and it's miserable weather, take them here. There's a 60s/70s style flat which nostalgiacs will love.
  • Entertaining, with a lot of interactivity (Virtual Reality, things you can sit on or play with, etc.)
  • It is FREE of charge and it is one of the best museums I have been in Helsinki, especially when you are with children
  • Super fun. Interesting and nice chilling area

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Where to stay in Helsinki

Set yourself up with easy access to many of Helsinki's most popular tourist sites by staying in the city's bustling and modern center. You'll find that the area is packed full of shops, restaurants, and bars, plus it's conveniently close to both the city's main train station and energetic waterfront. Though there's certainly a range of options when it comes to big-name hotel chains and upscale accommodation, prices are generally higher throughout most of the center, so consider staying at a hostel to cut down on costs. Hostels typically offer a solid location in or near the city center at a fraction of the cost of a big chain.
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