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. Add Seurasaari Island and Open-Air Museum to your Helsinki travel itinerary, and discover new vacation ideas by using our Helsinki road trip planning website .
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  • We visited using our Helsinki Card, so we didn't have to pay admission. But, I think it would have been well worth it if we had paid separately. The buildings that were open the day we visited were re...  more »
  • I took part in the Seurasaren Juhannusvalkeat, the Midsummer festival and watched their traditions, folksongs, dances and lighting of the bonfires from different provinces. The festival started at 4 p...  more »
  • We decided to walk out to Seurasaari - a lovely walk, though we were passed by buses and cyclists, so most people find other ways to get there! We had very good coffee at the little cafe at the gate a...  more »
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  • Beautiful and calm place. Nice place to go jogging or just see and hear the natures sounds. There is also a private nudist beach...if you're into that.
  • Great place for a walk and some ice cream. Know the weather before going-- luckily when I visited, sun was shining, 20°C, light wind, but it is, of course, several exhibits splayed over Seurasaari Island. Your ticket is purchased just past the white bridge when you get on the island. For entry into the church and other exhibits, you will need a ticket. But you won't need a ticket for some great photos, some exhibits, and a splendid time.
  • A beautiful open air museum with a collection of historical buildings from around Finland. The guides in character and very knowledgeable about the different periods of Finnish history.
  • You can see the traditional Finnish life. There are also some activities for kids. Highly recommended.
  • Lovely open air museum in most part free to visit. Set in pleasant woods on an island. Bus available from the town centre of Helsinki to get there.

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