Military Museum’s Manege
Military Museum’s Manege
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11:00 AM - 4:30 PM
Monday
11:00 AM - 4:30 PM
Wednesday
11:00 AM - 4:30 PM
Thursday
11:00 AM - 4:30 PM
Friday
11:00 AM - 4:30 PM
Saturday
11:00 AM - 4:30 PM
Sunday
11:00 AM - 4:30 PM
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You can get to know the colourful phases of Finnish military history in the exhibitions of the Military Museum located in Suomenlinna. The exhibitions in the Military Museum´s Manege and in the Artillery Manege will take you from the Finnish Civil War of 1918 onto the struggles of World War II and on to the 21st century. The exhibition in the Military Museum's Manege tells about the Finnish Civil War 1918, the Winter War 1939–1940, the Continuation War 1941–1944 and the Lapland War 1944–1945. The Artillery Manege presents Finnish WW 2 frontline art, and there is also an exhibition showing the life of a soldier in both wartime and peacetime. In addition, there are temporary exhibitions on various topics related to Finnish military history.
Duration: 1-2 hours
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Jet28090
Near Melbourne, Australia1 contribution
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A rather belated review. I had the pleasure of visiting the Military Museum during a visit to Finland in Sept/Oct, 2002. As an Australian Army Reservist and something of a student of Military History , obviously a visit to the Military Museum was a must. And it certainly did not disappoint. Among many interesting presentations, the Museum was running a particular feature on the "Continuation War", which I found fascinating. All the displays were of a high standard and several were inter-active. I distinctly remember occuping a cellar in Helsinki during an air raid and being posted to man a machine- gun in a Defensive Position in Eastern Karelia .Excellent ! I can certainly recommend a visit to the Military Museum, Helsinki to anyone even the slightest bit interested in History or Matters Military.Philip Whitehouse
Written February 3, 2004
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jake1642
South Wingfield, UK361 contributions
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Mar 2014 • Couples
I have visited the museum before, and the exhibition continues to improve. It is very good on the contribution of Finland in World War Two, though it has the Finnish habit of saying that they weren't allied with Germany, just fighting the same enemy (Russia). Really? You were besieging Leningrad from the north while the Germans did the same from the south. You had German troops fighting alongside your troops in Finland and Northern Russia. Just because you don't share a general command does not mean you are not allied. The next thing you will say is that you were never ruled by a Tsar. Ok, you were an autonomous Grand Duchy, but you were still ruled by a Tsar (that was a pub conversation with the barman).

Anyway, the museum has a lot of good 20th Century artefacts, and exhibition looks at more recent conflicts and looks back to when the Finns fought alongside the Swedes (not as allies but as subjugated people?). It is a little weaker on the civil war of 1918. This is a shame as it was the war that determined how Finland would present itself to the world (white rather than red as it happens).

As I have commented elsewhere, Finnish museums need to sell more publications in English. Nobody reads Finnish. I'm not convinced that the Finnish read Finnish. How could they? It looks really hard.
Written March 24, 2014
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IANandARI
Kingston upon Thames, UK419 contributions
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Mar 2012 • Couples
This museum is a somewhat "hidden gem". We have been to Helsinki many times but had never visited this museum which does not really seem to be very well advertised. It is certainly a very good introduction to life in Helsinki during the Winter War period and although the museum concentrates on this important period in Finland's history, you do learn a great deal about the life of the people and the history of Helsinki as well. We spent about an hour and half there and really did not see it all. Helpfully, for non-Finnish speakers everything is in English including the option to watch various films in the language of your choice. It is very well set out and if you are taking children along, they will certainly enjoy it. There are lots of artefacts on display including large scale military equipment, a history of uniforms and everything you would really want to see in a military museum.
Written May 11, 2012
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Chris M
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May 2017 • Family
Entry is €7 which also gets you into the submarine on the island.

The museum is small and only a few exhibits but these are well presented and detail in english as well as Finnish.

Star of the show as to be a quad bike that the Finnish army tested and rejected as not good enough...!
Written May 13, 2017
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No Longer Care
Mapleton, ND306 contributions
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Sep 2012 • Solo
This is a great museum. It gives a very good look into the winter war, which is where the Finn's stopped the Russians and pretty much solidified the border between them. Located a little to the north of the city central, an easy walk or bike ride.
Written August 15, 2013
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Marty Bielicki
Stuart, FL14,526 contributions
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Jun 2019
This is a superb museum for those that are military and WWII history buffs. There are actually 200,000 artifacts in this museum that was once a storage artillery facility for the Russians. The current museum opened in 1989.

If you have the Helsinki card the museum is free. The entrance ticket is good for the adjacent museum concerning Finnish Defense Forces from post WWII to the present. Finally, the ticket is good to see the submarine Vesikko built in 1933. It is the only Finnish submarine that survived from WWII.

The museum is filled with memorabilia from the 19th century. The main focus is WWII. There are numerous uniforms, arms, canons, missiles, a sea mine, flags, a rebuilt bunker, a German tank and vehicles. There is even a Maxim machine gun from WWI. These guns could shoot 600 rounds per minute. There is no wonder why millions of soldiers died from 1914-1918.

The 1915 Rolls Royce is most interesting. It was called “The Silver Ghost.” This vehicle had 230 horse power and could go 170 kilometers/105mph. It was taken from the “Reds” during WWI and later given to the “Greatest Finn of All Time,” General and President Carl Mannerheim.

What I found most interesting was to learn about the only soldier buried in Arlington Cemetery—located in the USA—who was a Waffen SS. Lauri Torni—aka Larry Thorne—was considered Finland’s best frontline fighter during WWII.

When Finland dropped out of the war, Lauri joined the Germans as a Captain in the Waffen SS. He fought along the Eastern Front against the Russians. He did spend two years in prison for that stint.

Larry emigrated to the USA and later served in the U.S. Armed forces in Vietnam. Tragically, he died in a helicopter crash on a mission. His body was found in 1999. Lauri Torni—aka Larry Thorne—was buried in 2003 at Arlington as a major.

Rick Steves, the American travel writer, does not give much credence to this museum. I think he was in one too many café’s while visiting Suomenlinna, or finding his way out of the various tunnels, or more than likely jumping up and down the canons along Lion’s Gate.

I may be partial to WWII museums as my dad landed on the D-Day beaches. He served seven months on the front-line and was wounded in the Huetgen forest on December 16, 1944. His gift to me was his life.

We should never forget what happen and the price that was paid in the 1940’s. This museum is particularly dedicated to the price that Finland paid, particularly against the Russians to keep their freedom.

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Written August 18, 2019
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sojourner_hk
Hong Kong, China199 contributions
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Feb 2016 • Solo
A lot of explanation on how the military force has been developed throughout the history (mainly from the 18th century to now). Wars determine very much on what forces and weapons the country develop, and the museum did the good job in telling me so. There were touches on role of civilians and women in the wars/army. After visiting the museum, I got a better understanding on what a difficult situation Finland has been in throughout the ages - always a struggle between Russia and the West. Unfortunately many maps that illustrate advances of different forces are in Finnish, which ruin quite some fun.
When I say good facilities, I mean there are cloak area, lockers, and even water dispenser. There is a lovely restaurant. Even though it only offers a few drinks and two kinds of buns only, I appreciate its presence as I was starving.
Written February 14, 2016
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Amalie B
Hong Kong, China63 contributions
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Jul 2014 • Friends
The museum itself is not very big, but full of interesting facts and reading. I learned a lot, and sorted out some confused concepts I have been struggling with.
As a non-Finnish person it is hard to understand their history and political situation today, as it is somewhat different from the other Nordic Monarchies. The violent history and sensitive geographic position explains a lot, and I have renewed respect for this little high-tech and independent republic. The museum is comprehensive and if you are interested can spend around 2 hrs there.
Written August 5, 2014
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sozy s
Kathmandu, Nepal9 contributions
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Feb 2014 • Couples
Everything is well arranged, I feel like i am in war, The good part is you can try the stuff the army have used it, And they have the cafe also.
Written July 2, 2014
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Matias L
Western Finland, Finland97 contributions
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Sep 2019
This museum is great for those who are interested in the military, well worth the money. Lot to see and experience.
Written November 11, 2019
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