Forum Marinum, Turku

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Learn about the country's maritime activities at Forum Marinum, which features a collection of highly detailed model boats. Photographs and graphics cover everything from small boats and maritime tourism to hovercrafts and war history. You'll read stories about centuries-old navigation schools and see objects from a century-old engine factory. Once you've toured the interior of the museum, board the ships to see tidy wooden office quarters and snug passenger cabins. Take a guided tour for more in-depth information about the museum's collections. A visit to Forum Marinum represents just the start of the adventure when you use our Turku visit site to plot your vacation.
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  • August 17, 2017
    Really informative and well set out museum. Really pleased we opted to include the ships/boats as part of our visit. Good value for money.  more »
  • August 7, 2017
    Forum Marinum offers something for everyone: there are exhibitions, both permanent and changing - and several museum ships to visit, including the famous Suomen Joutsen and the unique barque Sigyn. Fo...  more »
  • August 6, 2017
    There is something for everyone on this maritime museum. There is a section for children. They have found new and old, history and "virtually" present tense. It is possible to get aboard the old wooden ship, newer "school ship" old navy ships (Minesweeper) and a converted ferry, which today comprises a Hotel and Cafe
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  • June 26, 2017
    This is a really good maritime museum - if you're interested in Finnish and Baltic Sea ships and seamanship. There is a lot of information on the history of ships and shipboard life in this region. There is a display, which I almost missed, because it's kind of small, on the construction of the Royal Caribbean cruise ship Oasis of the Sea, which was built right here in Turku.
  • February 25, 2017
    Good exhibition. Not too much stuff that you can interact with though.
  • July 15, 2016
    Not that amazing but a pleasant walk along the water.
  • August 4, 2016
    Nice mix with history and modern.
  • June 19, 2016
    Tip: the ships outside are only open in the summer

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As Finland's historical capital and one of the centers of Finnish culture, Turku draws plenty of tourists and boasts a wide array of accommodations. Most of Turku's larger hotels and guesthouses sit within the historical old town, roughly between the harbor, the main train station, and the northern bank of the Aura River. Staying within this central district gives you easy access to most of Turku's main sights, putting you within walking distance of the famous cathedral and close to the fortress. Surrounding suburbs and more rural peninsular areas offer cheaper accommodation, but put you a little farther from the action. Budget travelers may want to book a hostel, which often put you in shared rooms but offer a decent location.
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