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Helsinki City Museum

Address: Sofiankatu 4, Helsinki 00170, Finland
Phone Number: 358-(0)9-3103 6630
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Ranked #43 of 222 things to do in Helsinki
Type: History museums, Museums
Fee: No
Owner description: The main building of the Helsinki City Museum, just of the Senate Square, explores the history of...
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Type: History museums, Museums
Fee: No
Owner description: The main building of the Helsinki City Museum, just of the Senate Square, explores the history of Helsinki in film in the exhibition Design in Helsinki Films on 15 Feb 2012 - 13 Jan 2012. In the Museum Shop, literature on Helsinki and Finnish history, a good choice of postcards and souveniers are available. It is always free entry to all 7 branches of the Helsinki City Museum.

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Sheffield, UK
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 15, 2015

This is a beautiful building near market square. It is right in the city centre and very easy to get to. Besides the administrative functions it is a beautiful building but the real beauty is upstairs on the first floor if you manage to get there. They hold receptions there and is a large grand well designed are with a... More 

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Chelmsford, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 8, 2015 via mobile

Provides an interesting insight into the history of the city. Conveniently located near to Market and Senate squares - small, but worth a visit.

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Helsinki, Finland
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 3, 2014

When visiting the Senate square and or the market place of Helsinki you have at hand also in Sofiankatu (old fashioned museum type of street)Helsinki City Museum that has excellent exhibitions of the changes the city of Helsinki has gone through. Downstaris there is even a nonstop old style cinema showing black and white shorts of the same topic. A... More 

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Monza, Italy
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64 helpful votes 64 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 22, 2014 via mobile

Situated in a quiet old street between the towncenter and the pier, it tells the history of Helsinki in XIX and XX century through photos and imagines of its inhabitants who contribute into its development. Since it's on the way wherever you go and admission is free, it's worth a stop.

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Berlin, Germany
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 21, 2014

interesting museum. fantastic exhibition "mad about helsinki" … travel back in time. great not only to read about the history of the city, but also to see items from that time. entrance for free. dont miss it when in helsinki!

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Auckland, New Zealand
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180 helpful votes 180 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 30, 2014

This free museum is a great place to go to learn about Helsinki and get out of the cold! Seriously, there are some lovely exhibits and we enjoyed a good hour wandering around.

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San Jose, California
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47 helpful votes 47 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 28, 2014

This modest and free city museum was a lot of fun. The history part is well done. The exhibit on Helsinki in the winter, with photos and a stuffed reindeer and prop clothing to take your photo with, was both informative and fun. Great for an hour.

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Port Louis
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 20, 2014 via mobile

Not an extensive museum but if you want to find out more about what makes Helsinki tick then this is a pleasant interlude. The photos and other items concerning Helsinki in winter were really interesting. You can even take a selfie adorned in a winter hat, skiing in front of the snowy city! It is so centrally located just down... More 

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Preston, England, United Kingdom
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13 helpful votes 13 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 14, 2014

Nice little museum that is not overwhelming and free. would recommend spending an hour or so going round to see what Helsinki was like.

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Glasgow, United Kingdom
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30 helpful votes 30 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 12, 2014

One of a group of free museums we had a great visit here. There was an exhibition on of Finnish history and Finland in the snow. We liked all aspects but especially liked some of the interactive elements. I'd encourage you to visit the other museums in this company as well.

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