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Seurasaari Island and Open-Air Museum, Helsinki

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Discover Finnish folk traditions and architecture at the interactive Seurasaari Island and Open-Air Museum, an open-air museum with 85 buildings. Head to the forested island location to view traditional Finnish wooden homes from the 18th and 19th centuries, as well as the Karuna Church, built in 1686. You'll experience the different regions and visual cultures of Finland through these structures, which have been transported to the site since its establishment in 1909. Take a tour from a guide in traditional costume and learn about the lives of crofters, peasants, and other Finnish groups over the past few centuries. Seurasaari Island and Open-Air Museum is just one of the many highlights you can arrange to see using our international travel planner, Helsinki Edition.
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  • Just outside of the city center this is a fantastic place to learn and see Finnish history! The inside of the buildings are fascinating and all the staff are so helpful and full of information. The gu...  more »
  • Loved this- alot to see and great walk. Definitely good place to go to spend some time in Helsinki and learn a bit of History. Lovely Place  more »
  • Seurasaari is a wonderful place to spend a nice summer day in the nature close to the city. The open-air museum has some nice attractions, but going for a walk is just as nice. The island is full of a...  more »
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  • Always a delight! The squirrels are a bit too friendly though...
  • I love this place for walks with the whole family any time of the year. It has all I want: nature and historical buildings, moreover beaches and cafés.
  • Since i trully enjoy walking in helsinki then it is a nice island to walk, there is a small public beach and one where you have to pay a little to get into, then you can also walk around finnish housing history without having to pay for it unless you want to enter the houses. There are public toilets, one or two restaurants, squirrels who are very curious, small birds who might sit on your finger looking for food and a nice view to the area from seafront, the best at the tip of the island. I have enjoyed it on sunshiny days.
  • Although it's a green zone and so makes for a good walk, we weren't overly impressed by the houses representing Finnish life throughout the centuries. You can catch a cheap bus to/from here from Helsinki, even getting off at the Sibelius monument.
  • A beautiful glimpse into the history of Finnish life. You've got to be well interested in such things and also able to walk around for 3 hours or more. Don't come on a rainy day - it's about 80% outdoors.