Hakasalmi Villa

Helsinki, Finland

Hakasalmi Villa was built in 1843 by the procurator and privy counsellor Carl Johan Walleen as a combined city and country residence. The architect was E.B. Lohrmann from Berlin. Two wings were added to the front of the main building in 1847, the north one served as a bakery and the south one as a greenhouse. The villa was surrounded by a large English garden.

The municipality of Helsinki bought Hakasalmi from Aurora Karamzin in 1896. After her death the historical museum of state was moved to the villa. Since 1911 it has been owned by Helsinki city museum. Today there are changing exhibitions. The villa itself is one of the rare empire-style buldingins still existing in Helsinki.


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Founded: 1843
Category: Museums in Finland
Historical period: Russian Grand Duchy (Finland)

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Fran Leo (10 months ago)
Not a big space but has some interesting exhibitions once in a while. Free entry on the last Friday of the month!
Jenny Malmiola (15 months ago)
Great atmosphere, very nice staff and awesome exhibition.
Jonathan Puddle (2 years ago)
Visited for the Kallio Film Exhibit "Streets of Crime and Love" and thoroughly enjoyed it. Beautiful facility and surroundings.
Ashlen Naiko (3 years ago)
Worth a visit due to central location - opposite the National museum... Helsinki 1960's was exhibited when i was there in Oct 2021. There was a small live concert on the 2nd floor, woman with accordion and a man playing the sample beat pad + keyboard (both very skillful). That was just awesome, could have stayed there for hours to listen to them.
Pasi Virtanen (3 years ago)
Worth a visit if you want a breather, an unexpected oasis of calm in a central location. Currently also a venue for the intimate jaZZanti -concert series of improvised music.
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