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Military Museum, Helsinki

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Military Museum´s exhibition locations at Liisankatu 1 and Maurinkatu 1 are closed. Exhibitions are located at Suomenlinna.The Military Museum of Finland (Sotamuseo) 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. In 2012, the Military Museum's exhibitions in Kruununhaka and Suomenlinna had around 55,000 visitors. The most popular exhibition is the submarine Vesikko, visited by around 27,000 people annually. The exhibition in Kruununhaka closed in 2016 and the Museum's only exhibitions are now located at Suomenlinna.The Military Museum's task is to collect, preserve, research and display artifacts and other heritage related to the development of the Defence Forces of Finland, Finland's military history and to the history of weaponry.HistoryMilitary Museum was founded November 25, 1929. The opening ceremony followed on October 18, 1930 at Liisankatu, Kruununhaka. Before the foundation, Finnish military history was first shown to the public in 1908 at Valtion historiallinen museo (The History Museum of the State) and later 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 the building Bastion Carpelan was reserved for the museum’s use. Lieutenant Reijo Wilhelm Palmroth was elected as museum manager. The opening ceremony took place on June 11, 1933 and in the following years the museum was annually visited by around 9254 people. The exhibition consisted of different arms sections which included jaegers, engineers, arms and navy. There were also civil war collections to be seen.
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  • A small museum. Admission 7 euros. Military uniform presented Finns different years. Interesting photos and descriptions about the different periods of time, there are texts in Russian. My husband liked the Museum.
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  • Nice Museum, tanks, Cannon, and trenches. Very nicely made like. Admission 7 euros, but it is then possible to enter the submarine.
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  • Compared with Germany and France and Finland a little fighting. But military history dates back to the middle ages. How about Finnish killer with Swedes and Russian, learned during a tour of military museum. They put a lot of weapons, uniforms and military equipment. It was interesting to learn about Finnish history.
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