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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  • 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 »
  • 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 »
  • 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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  • Absolutely wonderful museum with lots of love to details! Amazing!
  • 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.
  • the war ships are really interesting, didn't go to the in house exhibition. cafe was good too!
  • Great place to visit if you are interested about Finnish boat history
  • We didn't have time to look at the Suomen Joutsen so i hope to do this next time but the museum was great.

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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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