National Museum of Finland, Helsinki

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Experience Finnish history from prehistoric times until the present day at National Museum of Finland. View the Romantic-style exterior of the museum before stepping inside to the Art Nouveau interior for viewing archaeological objects and cultural artifacts dating back to the Middle Ages. Look up at the entrance hall ceiling, adorned with frescoes about the Kalevala, the Finnish national saga. Learn about 10,000 years of history through the museum's permanent exhibits, including collections of coins, jewelry, metals, and weapons. See visual representations of Finnish folk culture up to the time of industrialization. Plan to see National Museum of Finland and other attractions that appeal to you using our Helsinki vacation trip planner.
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  • August 16, 2017
    This is an excellent museum, with some wonderful exhibits. Entry is free with the City card. We loved the large George and Dragon carving in the medieval section, and the virtual reality shamanic tran...  more »
  • August 15, 2017
    The museum is in a stunning building and the interior is lovely however we didn't find the exhibits to be overly interesting. Worth a visit to pass time as it is fairly cheap and offers discounts to s...  more »
  • August 15, 2017
    A castle like building specially designed illustrate Finnish history from medieval time (with a very large collection of church items) to Swedish and Russian era.  more »
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  • July 4, 2017
    Nice tour to the past culture of Finland. You can come up with your own slogans for Finland which once approved will be set in the public display. 4 story building which is still being expanded to accomodate more. A must visit if you are keen about knowing Finland.
  • June 16, 2017
    Building is beautiful. Don't forget to take a look at the main hall's ceiling. Exhibition is very poor for "The National". Though in absence of anything more serious it is compulsory for those interested in learning more about the Finnish nation.
  • July 2, 2017
    Thorough history of the country, good for tourists to learn a bit more! Nice quiet cafe in the basement
  • July 2, 2017
    We had a bad experience at this museum since we had failed to notice there was an entrance fee to pay. Midways through the exhibitions we were literally dragged out by a security guard who promt us to make a payment. It was all about the money and sadly it was handled in a typical Finnish non friendly manner. You still got much to learn on how to treat people and tourists with respect! and do the ticket control upon entering the exhibitons than no one can miss it and get the false impression its free to enter. Never again.
  • June 18, 2017
    If they spent as much time on making their current history into as nice as of an exhibit as their pre-history,... Then the museum would be better.

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