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Museums

There are approximately a thousand museums in Finland, some 300 of which are regularly open to public. The rest are primarily museums of local culture and history that are open during the summer. Museums are intended for everyone. They can be devoted to art, history, nature, a certain individual or a specialty field.

Open-air museums are more expansive museum areas that include entire buildings. An open-air museum can be, for example, a yard area of a traditional Finnish farm house or some other area that has been made into a museum. Among well-known Finnish museums of this kind are the Seurasaari Open-Air Museum in Helsinki and the Luostarinmäki Handicrafts Museum in Turku.

Finnish art is exhibited, for example, in Ateneum, which is part of the Finnish National Gallery, and at the Espoo Museum of Modern Art (EMMA). The Finnish cultural history can be explored in the National Museum of Finland in Helsinki, among other locations.

In addition to this, a large number of museums and museum areas are located all over Finland. The collections of some museums can even be viewed online. The Museot.fi website contains additional information on museums and current exhibitions.

In addition, the Finnish Museums Association’s website hosts links to the online exhibitions of various museums. Museums also often arrange guided tours in different languages.

linkkiMuseot.fi:
Museum searchFinnish | Swedish | English

linkkiMuseot.fi:
Exhibition calenderFinnish | Swedish | English

UNESCO World Heritage Sites

There are seven UNESCO World Heritage Sites in Finland. They are the Fortress of Suomenlinna, Old Rauma, Petäjävesi Old Church, Verla Groundwood and Board Mill, the Bronze Age Burial Site of Sammallahdenmäki, the Struve Geodetic Arc and the High Coast / Kvarken Archipelago. More information on the World Heritage Sites is available on the website of the National Board of Antiquities.

Castles

Finland also boasts a number of castles that are open to public: for example, the Olavinlinna Castle, Turku Castle and Hämeenlinna Castle. They are popular destinations, particularly during the summer. Guided tours that present the history and architecture of the castles are also arranged. More detailed information on the castles and guided tours is available on the website of the National Board of Antiquities.

Entrance Fees and Discounts

Museum entrance fees vary. The average fee is five euros for adults and two euros for children.

Many museums offer discounts for particular groups. These groups can include, for example, persons under 18 years of age, students, unemployed persons and pensioners. Children may be allowed into some museums free of charge.

Many museums also host special days on which entry is free for everyone. More information about the free entry days is provided on the Finnish Museums Association’s website. Entry is free to a large number of museums on the International Museum Day on 18 May. Some museums, such as the Helsinki City Museum, are always free of charge.

linkkiThe National Board of Antiquities:
Unesco World Heritage Sites in FinlandFinnish | Swedish | English

linkkiThe National Board of Antiquities:
Museums and castlesFinnish | Swedish | English