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Seurasaari Open-Air Museum

Seurasaari Island, Helsinki FI-00250, Finland
358 9 4050 9660 summertime / 358 9 4050 9574 wintertime
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Ranked #8 of 147 attractions in Helsinki
Certificate of Excellence 2014
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Type: History Museums, Historic Sites
Activities: Walking, Picnicking
Traveler Description: The Seurasaari museum is on an island a few kilometers outside the centre of Helsinki. It is easily reached by the bus number 24, and the route is... more »
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St. Petersburg, Russia
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24 reviews 24 reviews
59 helpful votes 59 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 28, 2014 NEW

Quite a variety of wooden sructures from all over Finland ( some of them dating back to the 17th century) has been carefully collected since the beginning of the 20th century and preserved. Several ones are quite extraordinary, for example, a store on a long pole which looks like a fairy-tale magic place . The girl-keepers at the houses open... More

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Stuttgart, Germany
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21 reviews 21 reviews
17 attraction reviews
10 helpful votes 10 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 24, 2014 NEW

Serene, tranquil, this island contains a "folk village" that shows how the Finns used to live. I really enjoyed strolling through.

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San Francisco, California
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310 reviews 310 reviews
81 attraction reviews
307 helpful votes 307 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 21, 2014

Seurasaari ("Say-oor-a-saaary") is an open-air museum of mostly 200-year-old wooden structures, saved and brought here from all parts of Finland including Karelia, a part of modern-day Russia that was Finnish before World War II. Inspired by the similar open-air museum at Skansen Park in Stockholm, Sweden, Seurasaari is a very beautiful, tranquil, and relaxing place to visit and, not coincidentally,... More

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Paris, France
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49 reviews 49 reviews
9 attraction reviews
19 helpful votes 19 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 20, 2014

I visited the park on a bright July day. I found the history and architecture of the houses quite interesting. Walking around the island was also quite nice. A few things : -- You have to buy a ticket only if you want to get inside the houses. I didn't so I can't comment on that part. I don't think... More

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Washington DC
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68 reviews 68 reviews
8 attraction reviews
50 helpful votes 50 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 18, 2014

I love the Nordic open air museums. This one didn't disappoint at all. It's location is an added bonus, being on a little island with nice water views all around. The buildings are interesting and all the information is helpful.

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11 reviews 11 reviews
6 attraction reviews
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 18, 2014

I went there in may when the park reopen unfortunately many of the Houses were close but this didnt stop them to charge full price,I would expect not to be charge full price in this condition however this is a great place to be and full thing to see in total nature environment.I did enjoy my day there and would... More

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Anniston, Alabama
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40 reviews 40 reviews
10 attraction reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 6, 2014

Lovely weather and lots of walking but you are transported back in time. Everyone was so helpful and willing to answer questions.

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Newbury, Massachusetts
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65 reviews 65 reviews
20 attraction reviews
52 helpful votes 52 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 5, 2014

This open air museum consists of structures transported from various regions of the country, dating from the 17th to the early 20th century. Many show their age, but that's probably a good thing rather than their having been extensively restored. The setting appears to be authentic, set in the forest rather than in a manicured park. The highlight was the... More

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Brisbane, Australia
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30 reviews 30 reviews
19 attraction reviews
18 helpful votes 18 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 5, 2014

This was the first of the open air museums beloved by Finland and Sweden that I went to and I was awed. The concept is, that all the older, historically interesting buildings are bought and transported to a centralised location where the public can view these buildings and learn more about their history. As I went in summer, many of... More

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Melbourne, Australia
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97 reviews 97 reviews
24 attraction reviews
64 helpful votes 64 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 29, 2014

A very peaceful setting out of Helsinki easily arrived at by the Number 24 bus final stop. You cross a nice bridge from the bus stop and reach the island. A ticket enables you to enter all the buildings in the museum. It is far from a commercial tourist frenzy. It is rather pleasant walking around and the buildings will... More

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