Seurasaari Open-Air Museum

Helsinki, Finland

Seurasaari is a museum island, which consists of old, mainly wooden buildings transplanted from elsewhere in Finland and placed in the dense forest landscape of the island. The Open-Air Museum was founded in 1909. All the different provinces of Finland are represented in the well preserved old buildings and they give an overall view of Finnish countryside life from the 18th to the 20th century. At present, there are 87 separate buildings at Seurasaari Museum.

Seurasaari has also a variety of wildlife, especially birds, but also red squirrels and hares. It’s very popular place for citizens who want enjoy the peaceful outdoor atmosphere.

Reference: National Board of Antiques

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Founded: 1909
Category: Museums in Finland
Historical period: Russian Grand Duchy (Finland)

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4.6/5 (based on Google user reviews)

User Reviews

Diane Smith (2 years ago)
Good place to get relaxing with the nature. I like this site, recommend you to visit.
Rachhek Shrestha (2 years ago)
Nice place to take a walk with forests on one side and the sea on the other with old farm houses and cabins.
Meri Halme (2 years ago)
Okay place. Not much to do. It’s worth visiting once or twice tho!
Khoa Đỗ (2 years ago)
Nice place to hang out for weekend. Specially beautiful place to camping with friend in the summer !
Charline Assenav (2 years ago)
Such a wonderful park! A few steps from the city centre, a magical place with an unique outdoor museum surrounded by nature. Very peaceful. Highly recommanded.
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