The National Museum of Finland, Helsinki

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Experience Finnish history from prehistoric times until the present day at The National Museum of Finland. View the Romantic-style exterior of the museum before stepping inside to the Art Nouveau interior for viewing archaeological objects and cultural artifacts dating back to the Middle Ages. Look up at the entrance hall ceiling, adorned with frescoes about the Kalevala, the Finnish national saga. Learn about 10,000 years of history through the museum's permanent exhibits, including collections of coins, jewelry, metals, and weapons. See visual representations of Finnish folk culture up to the time of industrialization. Add The National Museum of Finland and other attractions to your Helsinki trip itinerary using our Helsinki travel itinerary planner .
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  • I wish I had been taught more about Sweden's Finland in school. Here you can see the common heritage of our countries and we are able to learn a lot from the Finns how to present history... Some days of the week are free and then there are more people, you also have free admission if you buy the Helsinki card which I clearly recommend. We went here two days to really catch everything in peace and quiet.
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  • This museum is very well put together (it's apparently been nominated for awards). The museology (and English translations) are better in the prehistoric section. Staff will recommend you start in the...  more »
  • One of the best museums i have ever visited. It combines old times with nowadays events and incidents. A great place to visit. Don;t miss it!  more »
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  • Great museum of the history of the region even before it was Finland. They have lots of ancient artifacts and tell a great story of the people of Finland from the Stone Age through to present day. Highly recommend it.
  • Nice museum in a very beautiful building. Follows the history of Finland from the middle ages to the more modern times. Just be careful to take the tour in the right direction (starting from the entrance opposite the front desk). Otherwise, like us, you risk getting confused about the timeline continuity of the different plaques...
  • Great window into Finnish history even if due to Finland's circumstances many Finnish artefacts are held in Swedish museums. Well worth a visit. The special exhibitions change. When I went the exhibition had nothing to do with Finland which was a bit disappointing but the museum is still very good and of a manageable size.
  • Beautiful building housing a modern museum. Guest exhibitions and permanent exhibits are both worthwhile. Highly suggested for tourists and locals alike.
  • Great place to learn about the history of Finland and the Finnish people/culture. Try to make this a first stop on a visit to Finland so you have good context for the rest of your visit. The layout of the museum can be somewhat confusing so make sure you navigate the exhibits in the right order. There are plenty of helpful staff on hand - just ask if in doubt. The prehistory and story of Finland sections are really well done. Allow about 2 hours for a visit.
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