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National Museum of Finland, Helsinki

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History Museum Museum
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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  • The museum is located in a fantastic building and its collection showcases the very roots of Finlands history. The new prehistory exhibition has used newest technology thus one can dive into the ancie...  more »
  • Housed in a building that looks like a chapel, this museum is charmingly entertaining. I enjoyed the prehistory of Finland section with all the exhibits accompanied by helpful explanations in English....  more »
  • The most likable part was the exhibition on tourism posters in Finland. The permanent collections are poorly displayed and inadequately lit. And some of the rooms were closed for renovation. There is ...  more »
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  • 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.
  • 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.
  • Thorough history of the country, good for tourists to learn a bit more! Nice quiet cafe in the basement
  • 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.
  • 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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