Suomenlinna Museum, Helsinki

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Suomenlinna or Sveaborg, until 1918 Viapori, is an inhabited sea fortress built on six islands and which now forms part of the city of Helsinki, the capital of Finland.Suomenlinna is a UNESCO World Heritage site and popular with tourists and locals, who enjoy it as a picturesque picnic site. Originally named Sveaborg, or Viapori as called by Finnish-speaking Finns, it was renamed in Finnish to Suomenlinna in 1918 for patriotic and nationalistic reasons, though it is still known by its original name in Sweden and by Swedish-speaking Finns.The Swedish crown commenced the construction of the fortress in 1748 as protection against Russian expansionism. The general responsibility for the fortification work was given to Augustin Ehrensvärd. The original plan of the bastion fortress was strongly influenced by the ideas of Vauban, the foremost military engineer of the time, and the principles of star fort style of fortification, albeit adapted to a group of rocky islands.
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  • Suomenlinna is a must-see place if you are travelling in Helsinki. It would take you a ten-minute ride from Helsinki. The island is well-tracked and you would never be lost. Even if you go after the c...  more »
  • We found this museum to be small but worth seeing. It gives some good historical background on the fort and Helsinki, and contains some interesting artifacts. Definitely worth a stop during a visit to...  more »
  • Suomenlinna is a perfect place to spend a sunny day outside. You just buy a ticket to the ferry and go there. It's a nice place to walk, have snacks, make photos and relax! Also there are some interes...  more »
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  • Quite good value for €7. This museum seems to be the only one they bother opening this time of year, but it is likely to be the only essential one. Good introduction to the history of the place, with a 30 minute film available with headsets for different languages. Walking tours leave from here at 1:30 on the weekends.
  • The price for a ticket is 8€ and the only thing making it worth it is the 30 min movie that starts twice an hour on .00 and .30.
  • Very informative short film and comprehensive collection of old stuff about Suomenlinna fortress. Worth of visit. Film with multilingual narration by headphones.
  • Informative movie who made the rest of the museum understandable.
  • must visit when you were in suomenlinna.
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