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Helsinki Museum Collage .14

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One great activity in an early, snowy morning is to slide down the snow with a bunch of energetic kids!

^2I remember it was the snowy season and everything closes at 4pm (some 6pm). I love my snow boots that I got online shopping – it was warm, water-proof, light, apparently not slippery-resistant enough, I slipped a few times walking on ice, one time I slipped down the stairs like I was one a slide, luckily I landed and stood up graciously from the drama.

In one of these Helsinki winters, touring the city indoor wouldn’t be such a bad idea, especially in European cities where nice museums and churches are everywhere. I purchased a Helsinki card which granted me free access to almost all major art and history museums in the city.

I heard a lot of “compact”, “stylish”, “cultured” when people are talking about Helsinki. Still, it seemed challenging to visit all museums on the list within 48 hours. Here are my recommendations of the 7 museums that I saw and it sort of explained how the “compact”, “stylish” and “culture” keywords are translated into the Finnish lives.

A frozen world under my iphone lens.

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Helsinki Card

For museum goers, it’s a quick and easy way to explore Helsinki without any hassle. This card also includes free public transportation in the city, Suomenlinna ferry, discounted price on airport shuttle and cruises to Tallinn and Saint Petersbourg!

Saved a lot for my few days in Helsinki and any budget travelers.

Website: http://www.helsinkicard.com 

  1. Helsinki City Museum

The Helsinki City Museum focuses and explores the city’s history and culture – with art & photography, plus some temporary exhibitions. The museum is 2-story high and very modern and simple. Why go there? Because the location and free access. The museum is located down the street from the bustling Senate Square to the waterfront; it took me some time to find the museum entrance, though. The museum shop sells a lot of city albums and postcards. I got a few nice postcards for free. 🙂

Website: http://www.helsinginkaupunginmuseo.fi/en/

  1. Design Museum

IMG_6674The design museum is a major national specialist museum of Finnish Design. The Finnish’s style and design aesthetics are world recognized and are rooted in its simplistic, modern and clean elements. Helsinki was also named the World Design Capital in 2012. The Design Museum is a celebration of Finnish design in different aspects. The museum is separated into two floors – the ground floor is a permanent exhibition of its selected art objects and items from its 75000 pieces collections. The hall featured a range of pieces like furniture, tableware, appliances, fashion, accessories and interior decor.

The second floor is a temporary exhibition of talented designers – one of them that I saw was a Danish designer Henrik Vibskov, showcasing his installation art with fashion, fabric, and massive pieces.

Website: http://www.designmuseum.fi/en/

  1. Museum of Finnish Architecture

It is a few stories high town house right behind the Design Museum. Each floor’s exhibition focuses on the different discipline of Finland’s architecture since the 1900s, with other temporary exhibitions.

When I was visiting the museum, the museum’s first and second floor was undergoing renovations. The top floor was modeled as a showroom with photos and history of Helsinki’s architectural development – called “DECADES OF FINNISH ARCHITECTURE 1900–1970” and the exhibition (according to their website) will be displayed for 10 years until the year of 2020!

Website: http://www.mfa.fi/

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  1. National Museum of Finland

Welcome to one of the most important national museums in the country while itself is an iconic landmark in the Helsinki city center. The museum presents a rich demonstration of Finnish history from the ancient times in Stone Age to the present day.

The museum is divided into 6 parts, the most impressive exhibition to me was the Jakkarila Manor drawing-room in 18th century French Rococo style with fixed furnishing, wall covering, ceiling paintings, doors and panels brought to the museum from different locations. It has shown the life of the upper class after the Great Northern War.

Another memorable exhibit to me was the Throne room, where it presents the throne of the Emperors of Finland, brought from Moscow, in the era of 19th century.

At the end of the route, the showrooms showcased the post-war development of Finland in a time line of decades from the 40s to 2000s.

Website: http://www.kansallismuseo.fi/fi/kansallismuseo

  1. Helsinki Art Museum (Tennis Palace)

Unluckily the Helsinki Art Museum (HAM) was closed for installation of arts during my visit – therefore, it does not have a permanent exhibition but temporary art exhibition in the modern eras. The museum was located on the second floor of an entertainment center Tennis Palace in the heart of Helsinki, next to the tram Kamppi station. Tennispalatsi was a structure built for the Olympics and now turned into a multifunctional complex with theaters, shops, and museums.

Website: http://www.hel.fi/hki/Taimu/sv/Framsidan

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  1. Ateneum Art Museum

The Ateneum is where the classics are – it’s the Finnish National Gallery just a stone throw away from the Helsinki’s train station. The historic building houses an abundance of classical European arts from the 1750s to the 1960s; however, photography within the museum is not allowed J

Website: http://www.ateneum.fi/

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  1. Museum of Comp Art Kiasma

Lastly, and it should be one of my favorites, obviously the contemporary art museum – Kiasma. The art museum is on the other side and a short walk away from the train station. The long, narrow building features modern art paintings, sculpture, illustrations, and massive installation exhibits. Besides, it is one of those museums that close the latest @ 8:30pm from Wed to Fri, so save it as the finale of your day trip 🙂

Website: http://www.kiasma.fi/en/

IMG_6685One travel tip for budget travelers: Museum cafés! Many of them are good value with a nice view, food, and environment. For example, I had lunch at the Helsinki National Museum café which was a lunch buffet. For 10 Euros or so they served soup and bread, salad bar, 2 main dishes of choice (beef stew and fish) and unlimited coffee (with paper cups to take away). I reckon its much better deal than having a sandwich at the same price (or more) in the city…

11 thoughts on “Helsinki Museum Collage .14

  1. Helsinki is so high on my list for 2017! I’d love to visit the architecture museum. Great post, thanks for sharing! Happy travels 🙂

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  2. Thanks for this tour! I agree with you on the Helsinki card, saved me a fortune too. I loved my time in Helsinki during winter, and definitely appreciated that there was a lot to do indoors! It’s not technically a museum, but one of the most fascinating buildings for me was the rock church, which I highly recommend 🙂

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  3. The Kiasma and the two design museums sounds really interesting to me. I have always loved Nordic-style architecture- those clean lines and simple finishes are just beautiful. How much does the Helsinki card cost and does it get you into other attractions?

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  4. I didn’t realize how many museums could be visited in Finland. Definitely a great alternative to being outside when the weather is too cold. Great tip about the cafes. I wouldn’t have thought they would be good value.

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