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“A gem of a place, especially in winter!!”

Seurasaari Island and Open-Air Museum
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Ranked #5 of 317 things to do in Helsinki
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Reviewed August 9, 2013

Seurasaari has quite a few special spots for those who are interested in historic architecture, wood in construction and maybe the so called church boats! Be prepared to walk, or run or hike...the island as a whole takes maybe 45 - 60 min. to walk around, but you need some condition and nice shoes. Don't forget your camera!! Why winter? Because of the light, of the strange feeling of being able to walk on water...i.e. the ice in mid winter and early spring Helsinki will permit you to leave the island itself for a walk on ice!! This gives a whole new aspect the a city landscape and the colours can be astounding; all in shining whites, crystal brightness and every shade of blues any eskimo would be proud to give a name to. There is a spot for nice winter picnics with a fireplace, where you can grill your own sausages or buy them from a small kiosk, if you did not bring you favorite brand along; kids just love this!! The other feature...sorry squirrels; are the local small squirrels, who are quite used to people and can sometimes jump on your hand, if the peanuts or treats are interesting enough (not for the very small children, the claws on the little critters are very tough).
In summer the place can be quite crowded, but you do get a splash of greenery and some original buildings all in wood from very many different parts of Finland. Don't forget to check out the church boats, which were used by whole villages rowing to faraway churches for a Sunday mass. They are unique in shape and style! There are still competitions in rowing boats in Finland. If you are staying for a longer while, do check out some of the crazy, funny, humorous Finnish competitions in the deeper reaches of Finland!! There is some kind of festival, musical event, exhibition or competition in almost anything you can imagine; like rowing church boats, carrying a wife or throwing gum boots or listening to some of world's best early baroque music !!

1  Thank TiinaJ_2013
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Reviewed August 9, 2013

One accesses this open-air museum by a local bus that rides through suburban Helsinki. The ride is about 15-20 minutes. Once there the access to the island-museum is via a woodenbridge and one enters into a previous era of life without electricity, TV or phones and full of hard work. What this place offers is a view of Finland's rural community history. Rural homes and farm-buildings worth saving for their historical value have been rescued and transported to the musuem. They have been retrofitted with authentic furnishings and opened to the public. In the summer guides sit in the properties and chat with visitors about the place.
The buildings are all wood and of architectural and historical value--all well documented. The place is also used as a walking area by locals because it strives to maintain native vegetation. There are two small cafes for refreshments. Definitely worthwhile visiting if you want to see more than the city and get to know more about te country itself.

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Reviewed August 9, 2013

Lovely island, and great place to be close to nature and to have a walk between squirrels, trees and nice views.

1  Thank sarahbst
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Reviewed July 31, 2013

I live nearby, so this is a place that I visit often throughout the year. There outdoor museum consists of a wonderful collection of,mainly, wooden buildings of all shapes and sizes, that have been relocated here from different parts of Finland in this wonderful natural setting. Access to the island is by a wooden bridge and cars and bicycles are banned (except with special permission). The various buildings include a church (which is still in use), a windmill, manor house and a complete collection of farm buildings. There is a charge of 8 euros for adults and 2.50 euros for children (ages 7-17) if you wish to enter all of the buildings. In addition to the museum buildings, there are many nature trails, along which you can easily find idylic and secluded picnic spots. There are many places for swimming, a grill area and during the summer, there are all kinds of local cultural attractions. It is a place to enjoy the changing of the seasons in totally unspoiled surroundings. In the centre of the island is a beautiful wooden building containing a restaurant and bar. it's a short trip on Bus 24 from the centre of Helsinki.

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Reviewed July 30, 2013

The outdoor museum was already closed when we arrived, but we really enjoyed walking around the island. Very scenic. We still saw the old buildings we just couldn't enter them. I would highly recommend a walk around this lovely islands. Lots of birds also. We stayed at a nearby Hilton and this was an easy walk from there.

1  Thank Sharon L
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