The National Museum of Finland is not only the largest repository of historical and cultural information, it is one of the most interesting educational centers in Europe. It is located next to the Finnish parliament, so it is not difficult to find.
The museum is open to visitors 6 days a week (except Mondays) from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. Entrance ticket costs 8 euros. However, there are several options for free admission. Firstly, this is every Friday from 16 to 18 hours. Secondly, the museum runs for free on May 18 (World Museum Day), June 12 (Helsinki Day). A ticket is not needed for those who purchase a Helsinki card - a great opportunity for those who spend their days off in the Finnish capital, they want to see a lot and save. Cards are sold in all tourist information centers, newsstands, and in many stores.
What can be seen in the museum? The entire exhibition is divided into 6 parts. Each collection is diverse, extensive, perfectly served and decorated.
First part (Hidden treasures) It is a collection of old coins, jewelry, medals, weapons. Silver and gold, copper and bronze. Over 10,000 years of history of the Finnish land of treasures has accumulated a lot, they are all in the collection. Here, on the very first floor, there is a seminar room with 200 seats. The museum offers very interesting lectures, lessons for schoolchildren, practical classes for students, seminars for historians.
Second part (Prehistoric Finland) acquaints visitors with a huge collection of artifacts found by archaeologists over two hundred years of active work.
The third part (Kingdom) - A rich collection of objects and documents that introduce the history of states on the territory of modern Finland, from the early Middle Ages to the beginning of the 20th century. From Viking times, through Swedish times to Russian times, gaining independence.
Fourth part (Earth and people) devoted to national culture, the life of the Finns in the pre-industrial era, the ethnographic collection is one of the most interesting.
Fifth part (Last century) - A collection of historical sources dating back to the 20th century.
The sixth part (Workshop) will be interesting for children, and for adults it will be useful to try to study the history and culture of Finland in this room, where there is an interactive exhibition in which you can touch all the exhibits with your own hands, solve the riddles of ingenious machines, etc.
The museum serves Russian-speaking groups. In addition to a variety of souvenirs, in the museum store you can buy scientific literature in many languages.