Seurasaari Island and Open-Air Museum, Helsinki

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#2 of 169 in Museums in Finland
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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  • August 16, 2017
    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 »
  • August 15, 2017
    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 »
  • August 14, 2017
    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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  • June 29, 2017
    Nice nature island close to Helsinki center. Also has an open air museum, so expect a lot of tourists in the summer.
  • June 30, 2017
    Good history view of people's houses over the years
  • April 16, 2017
    Always a delight! The squirrels are a bit too friendly though...
  • February 22, 2017
    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.
  • February 11, 2017
    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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