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“Interesting prehistory”

National Museum of Finland
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Owner description: National Museum illustrates Finnish history from medieval times to the 19th century. The museum's unique exhibits tells of the life from a period of over 1000 years. Temporary exhibitions on current themes and an interactive exhibition Vintti, where you can experience history by doing yourself.
Everett, Washington
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247 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 161 helpful votes
“Interesting prehistory”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed May 5, 2013

Large museum on busy street, easy to find. Variety of topics, particularly the periods before recorded history shown in unusual detail. We appreciated that much of the information was also in English. Check the bullet hole in the front door from the revolution almost a hundred years ago.

Visited May 2013
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  • Chinese (Traditional) first
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  • Danish first
  • Dutch first
  • English first
  • Finnish first
  • French first
  • German first
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  • Korean first
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St Albans
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108 reviews
30 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 53 helpful votes
“Interesting museum”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed May 1, 2013

Very interesting museum with plenty of exhibits to see covering all ages of Finnish history. Very reasonable entrance price too and helpful staff.

Visited April 2013
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St. Petersburg, Russia
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102 reviews
61 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 61 helpful votes
“Oldstyle museum”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed April 4, 2013

If you consumption not only food and dresses but also useful and interesting information this museum is for you. You can see there history of Suomi land form early ages of human till modern time. Nice organisation of exebition and exponates.

Visited November 2012
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El Jadida, Morocco
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412 reviews
141 attraction reviews
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“Intrinsically Finnish”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed March 16, 2013

This museum has an indefinable air of Finnnishness about it, which is just as well as it deals with Finland's history and prehistory.

The building itself is an absolute gem right from the bears outside to the top of the spire - as one reviewer said, it looks like a Cathedral. It was built and designed in the national romantic style by Saarinen. The frescos on the vaulted ceilings are a sight to see and are all based on stories from the Finnish national epic, the Kalevala. As far as I am aware they are copies of works by Gallen-Kallela.

The exhibits and room are endlessly fascinating and information is given in 4 languages including English.

This is a must on any visit to Helsinki.

Visited July 2012
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Paris, France
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43 reviews
18 attraction reviews
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“Lost yourself in the finnish history - from prehistoric time until now”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed March 6, 2013

Take at least 3/4 hours if you want to see the whole museum. This about discovering a civilization, so the interest depends on the period of the history you want to discover or you are curious about. I really enjoyed the 18th/19th centuries part. I wished I'd seen earlier the sami part, before the museum closed. Now I have to go back !

Visited February 2013
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