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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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  • July 1, 2017
    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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  • June 20, 2017
    Small museum located on the island of suomelina. Very interesting to be visited. Has several pieces of artillery, vehicles, history and even a model of how the Finnish troops used the snow to beat the Russians.
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  • May 13, 2017
    Entry is €7 which also gets you into the submarine on the island. The museum is small and only a few exhibits but these are well presented and detail in english as well as Finnish. Star of the show as...  more »
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  • May 27, 2017
    It is a Museum of Finland. For having a common history struggled with powerful neighbour was impressed very Japanese. We waited for artillery into parking spaces.
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