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Military Museum, Helsinki

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The Military Museum of Finland is the central museum of the Finnish Defence Forces and the national special museum of military history. It is located in Helsinki and it is part of the Finnish National Defence University. Military Museums exhibitions in Kruununhaka and Suomenlinna had around 55,000 visitors in 2012. The most popular exhibition space is submarine Vesikko, visited by around 27,000 people annually.The Military Museum's task is to collect, preserve, research and display artifacts and other heritage related to the Defence Forces of Finland, to military history and to the history of weaponry.HistoryMilitary Museum was founded November 25, 1929. The opening ceremony followed October 18, 1930 at Liisankatu, Kruununhaka. Before the foundation Finnish military history was shown to public first in 1908 at Valtion historiallinen museo (The History Museum of the State) and in 1918–1919 at the National Museum. The former exhibition’s theme was The War of 1808–1809 and latter’s Finnish Civil War.In January 1930 The Ministry of Defence ordered Military Museum to continue in Suomenlinna Sea Fortress, where bastion Carpelan was reserved to museum’s use. Lieutenant Reijo Wilhelm Palmroth was elected as museum’s manager. The opening ceremony occurred June 11, 1933 and after that museum was seen by around 9254 visitors annually. The exhibition consisted of different arms sections which included jaegers, engineers, arms and navy. There were also civil war collections to be seen.Military Museum was closed however in autumn 1939, just before the break out of Winter War against Soviet Union. The items and collections were removed from bastion Carpelan during the war and stored around Finland. The museum office had to also relocate from Helsinki because of the Soviet air bombings in 1944.
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  • By the end of 2012-went into the new year. Last 30 days free use was. Closed until July at the entrance? Closed and was stunned, but as ground exhibit III. issue assault artillery and various field artillery to muddle along in the shooting, he headed back to the hotel. Sorry was regrettable, but circulates Helsinki began here 5/2017.
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  • Information on Finland's participation in the wars of the twentieth century, which of course we know quite a bit. You can read in Russian, sorry that the audio only in Finnish. A bit expensive in my opinion, but informative and generally gangbusters
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  • Despite being a small museum it contains a wealth of information about the military history of Finland. This information was in chronological order which was extremely useful. The museum had a wide va...  more »