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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 #9 of 135 attractions in Helsinki
Certificate of Excellence 2013
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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Guildford, United Kingdom
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123 reviews 123 reviews
37 attraction reviews
39 helpful votes 39 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 17, 2014 NEW

The woods of this open-air museum are very picturesque and peaceful, even though they are so near to Helsinki. The rustic wooden houses dotted around were very interesting and we learnt about how Finnish people used to live. The guides are very helpful. We had tea and cinnamon buns in a little wooden hut, which was very pleasant.

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Singapore, Singapore
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37 reviews 37 reviews
27 attraction reviews
24 helpful votes 24 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 3, 2014

Went during winter. No need to pay to enter. the whole place is quiet and beautiful. The lake was frozen, and we get to walk on the frozen lake, something we cannot do in Singapore. The locals are nice they offer us the fishing rod to try ice fishing! They even and introduce to us the bait they use and... More

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St. Petersburg, Russia
11 reviews 11 reviews
6 attraction reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 24, 2014

I loved the trip to Seuraasari. It's a short bus ride from the centre, but you feel like you are miles away. I was almost the only one on a cold and sunny Monday morning in March. It's not only a nice park, but also the buildings (with good descriptions in Englsih!) were very interesting.

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Helsinki, Finland
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21 reviews 21 reviews
9 attraction reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 11, 2014

If you're looking for a quiet place in the city where you can experience some genuine Finnish nature and have a glimpse at the historical buildings & cottages from different parts of Finland, this is the place to go. The open-air museum is nice if you pay the fee to enter all the houses and have a chat with the... More

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Midsomer Norton, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 20, 2014

Traditional buildings have been imported from various parts of Finland. Particularly at weekends, you will find people giving demonstrations of weaving and other traditional pastimes. There are lovely walks, and at the eastern end of the island you see the city of Helsinki spread in front of you across the water. There is a restaurant where they serve very good... More

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Gothenburg, Sweden
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68 reviews 68 reviews
30 attraction reviews
12 helpful votes 12 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 17, 2014

If you're keen on culture and history, if you like to see how the finns have been living during centuries you have to visit Seurasaari Open-Air Museum. This is an island reachable with city busses in 20 minutes from the city center. There are old wooden houses, churches and buildings which have been moved to the Museum from all parts... More

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Brisbane, Australia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 27, 2013

I am delighted and impressed at the dedication that has gone into preserving the national heritage of old buildings. I loved the guides in each building telling you about them and the quality of English information was high. I spent a full day there and it was well worth it. In general a great summer day out, the cafe was... More

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New York City, New York
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11 attraction reviews
9 helpful votes 9 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 24, 2013

This park is located within the city limits, about 20 minutes off Helsinki central touristy district by bus. The scenic bus ride sets the mood for a lovely picturesque park, which encompasses a fairly large area, so if you are short on time, consider renting a bicycle. The area is very beautiful, nature is quiet and inviting, so artists (painters)... More

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 28, 2013

If you visit Helsinki during the summer months, you should go to Seurasaari. It's quite easy to find and there are two other attractions nearby (city art museum and a presidental home Tamminiemi). In Seurasaari you can visit various types of old Finnish peasant houses for a small entrance fee. If you are not interested going inside the houses you... More

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Helsinki, Finland
17 reviews 17 reviews
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12 helpful votes 12 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 25, 2013

Unforgettable ; I take all our guests here. Finland is a nation of villages and small towns isolated from each other by swathes of forest. Each area has its own style of houses, churches, barns and outbuildings. Some genius collected some of these types and started the Seurasaari Museum. Agricultural architecture on one island ! The scene of many films... More

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