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Helsinki City Museum

Sofiankatu 4, Helsinki 00170, Finland
358-(0)9-3103 6630
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Ranked #62 of 145 attractions in Helsinki
Type: History 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... more » 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. « less
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Lappeenranta, Finland
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148 reviews 148 reviews
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59 helpful votes 59 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 7, 2014

The museum is close to the Helsinki Cathedral. You can drop in for a short visit. We visited to avoid rain but ended up spending about an hour here. There are artifacts and picture depicting the history of Helsinki. Staff is cheerful. The visit is absolutely free.

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Manchester, United Kingdom
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26 reviews 26 reviews
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13 helpful votes 13 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed February 13, 2014

We were bored so went in as it was free. It was okay with a couple of interesting artefacts. Located right across from Senate Square so worth a look if you're passing

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San Francisco, California
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed January 20, 2014

The museum had some interesting and well thought- and laid-out exhibits during my visit, including "Mad About Helsinki." Exhibits ranged from walk-throughs to static mounts to projections on walls and even columns. The museum is small -- you'd need an hour max to really take your time and look at everything, barring crowds (there were none on my visit day).... More

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Kennebunkport, Maine
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48 helpful votes 48 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed October 26, 2013

We thought this was a nice little museum- And it was free and centrally located- so you might as well check it out. When we were there we saw a lot of interesting vintage photos of Helsinki and the other exhibits were well laid out

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Rovaniemi, Finland
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 23, 2013

Located next to the Senate Square this small museum is housing a rich culture. I went there for the exhibition 'Mad about Helsinki', a really nice visit. From painting to books, traditional furnitures and local history, just in few hours come and get to know more about Helsinki city, from its grounded year to nowadays! Really helpfull staff and clear... More

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Hannover, Germany
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58 attraction reviews
54 helpful votes 54 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 18, 2013

This museum is impressive! They must have a curator that is worth their weight in gold because this was laid out beautifully (unlike the Finland National Museum). They apparently won a bunch of museum awards which their walls of plastered with. Some of the exhibits are even interactive. This museum is also FREE, as well as surrounded by a ton... More

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Adelaide, South Australia, Australia
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2 of 5 stars Reviewed September 6, 2013 via mobile

Had  displays about Finnish history and few others. If you're going to one of the cathedrals, soumelinna or the market then stop by just to say that you've been there, otherwise it's not really worth visiting. But this is just my opinion. 

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Turku, Finland
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65 reviews 65 reviews
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13 helpful votes 13 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 5, 2013

This fairly small museum right at the center of bigger attractions (Helsinki Cathedral, Market square...) is worth a visit. The museum is free of charge and the temporary exhibitions "Mad about Helsinki" and photographs by Signe Brander are good. You get a glimpse of old Helsinki as well as new ideas whaty you could do and see. I recommend this... More

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Panama City, Florida
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33 reviews 33 reviews
27 attraction reviews
17 helpful votes 17 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 22, 2013

I did not understand the real differences between the Finns and the rest of Scandinavia. This museum help greatly showing Finland emergence as a nation with it's own unique identity. Some of the exhibits were a little thin, but still showed the progression of Finish history.

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Florida
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 21, 2013

All in all, it was not a great visit. We had a hard time finding the museum because we had a poor map. It was a hot day and the museum was quite warm inside. The temporary exhibition was photographs of turn of the century Helsinki. They were interesting but did not engage us for long. A video was playing... More

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