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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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  • Bus 25 comes to the entrance, but is infrequent (half hour intervals). Tram #4 (Paciuksenkaari stop) is about a 15 minute walk away but comes every 5 minutes or so. From the tram stiop, cross the stre...  more »
  • Very beautiful attraction, the Museum offers a number of buildings of old Finland, you can see how they were houses,... separate churches surrounded by nature, with fresh air and beautiful scenery.
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  • This is an above average open air museum park showing the traditional architecture and life style of Finland. Extremely well laid out with good desciptions in both Finish and English. The staff are ve...  more »
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  • Nice nature island close to Helsinki center. Also has an open air museum, so expect a lot of tourists in the summer.
  • Good history view of people's houses over the years
  • 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.

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