Helsinki City Museum, Helsinki

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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. For travelers who use our international travel planner, Helsinki holidays become easier to arrange, with trips to the Helsinki City Museum and other attractions mapped out and timetabled.
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  • This is a free to visit museum just off senate square and not far from market square. No need for tickets, just explore as you wish. There’s a nice little gift shop, as well as a cafe inside. Discover...  more »
  • I usually love capital city museums but found this one a bit light on exhibits and content. Some nice photos and time lapse shots but much is meant for kids.  more »
  • A nice museum. It's free and it is worth the visit. It is really nice if you have children. There is a whole floor with rooms for children to play.  more »
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  • Good place to spend time when the weather outside is rainy. Don't expect to learn the city history or see some artifacts found during various excavations. It's more of a display of how people were living in fifties sixties and probably also a good place to keep the kids entertained with many interactive features.
  • Fantastic little museum with all the historical information you could ever need a out Helsinki! Absolutely worth the visit...and it's FREE! Does not overlap other tours so an excellent way to learn more without repeating information. Very well curated and will appeal to every age :)
  • It's cool. I enjoyed all the activities. And it's free for everyone. i loved it! 👍
  • TOURISTS BEWARE!!! Sorry for the attention grabbing there. Ok first off there is nothing wrong with this museum it is a perfectly pleasant diversion, however if you are in Helsinki for a city break or fresh off a cruise ship this museum is not for you. It gives a very brief overview of the city of Helsinki, however the things it focuses on can feel random and don't give a coherent history of the city. This museum is much better suited to people from Finland or Scandinavia who already have an understanding of the wider story. Still it's modern, everything is in several languages and it can be interesting so don't rule it out if you feel it may interest you, I personally just feel that if your visiting Helsinki for a short time this place is not worth your time.
  • A nice-sized museum with some interesting VR experiences. You'll probably have to be a local to fully appreciate them, though.
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