Military Museum of Finland

Helsinki, Finland

The Military Museum of Finland is the central museum of the Finnish Defence Forces and the national special museum of military history. It was founded in 1929. n 1933 the exhibition was moved to Suomenlinna. During the second world war 1939-45 the museum was closed to the public. The museum was opened to the public again 1948 in Kruununhaka. Today the Military Museum is located in a garrison building designed by Evert Lagerspetz in 1883.

The museum represents general military history and related equipment from the 17th century to the present day: Exhibitions include weapons, colours, decorations, arms, uniformas and collection of art works.

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Founded: 1883 (Museum opened in 1948)
Category: Museums in Finland
Historical period: Russian Grand Duchy (Finland)

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Mahmud Syaltout (20 days ago)
Military museum with good collections. Kids will enjoy the jet simulation and some military costums.
Joyce Tang (2 months ago)
Ticket prices: 7 Euros - adults, 4 Euros - seniors /students. You are able to go and see the Vesikko Submarine further down the island without additional cost by presenting your purchased military museum ticket at the submarine's entrance. The museum is notated in both Finnish and English and split into two buildings. Nearly every display has it's own detailed description and helps visitors build a pretty comprehensive understanding of Finnish military history. I found the museum to be very interesting, especially the meaning of the Swastika in Finland, and how vastly different the meaning of the symbol is to the Finnish, especially in comparision to the meaning the symbol is most well known for after WWII. Another highlight was being able to sit in the cockpit of an old pilot jet and have a good poke around the controls, which cover almost every surface of the flight deck!
Harri Valtiala (2 months ago)
It's a pity that we don't have real military museum. This can be seen only temporary solution and as a such it's adequate
Annie (2 months ago)
If you visit Soumelina the military museum is a must! Though I have visited quite a few museums in Helsinki, this was by far the most interesting. Scenes from war are well represented along with uniforms and relevant facts. I have learned quite a few details about Finland's history just by visiting Military Museum.
Cristian Tudose (2 months ago)
Very nice museum split it 2 building. A lot of interesting exhibits and info. You get the chance to see part of the Finnish history, a tank and old cars, uniforms (you can try some of them along with helmets) and meat part you get to jump into a fighter jet cockpit and see how it is. Amazing experience and best thing to visit on the island!
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