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Museum of Natural History

Museum of Natural History (Pohjoinen Rautatiekatu 13, Helsinki) – this museum and independent research institution is part of the University of Helsinki.  The collections, which include botanical, zoological, geological and paleontological specimens from all over the world, serve research in the fields of biology and geology as well as educational purposes.  Admission:  €10 (general), €5 […]

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Museum of Finnish Architecture

Museum of Finnish Architecture (Kasarmikatu 24, Helsinki) – this museum is dedicated to the evolution of the country’s architectural trends.  One of its recent exhibits involved the challenges of sustainable architecture.  Admission:  €6 (general).  Hours:  11 am – 6 pm (Tues. – Sun.), 11 am – 8 pm (Wed.).  See the museum’s website for more […]

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Museum of Contemporary Art / Kiasma

Museum of Contemporary Art / Kiasma (Mannerheiminaukio 2, Helsinki) — Kiasma is a museum of contemporary art under the umbrella of the Finnish National Gallery. Its primary role is to educate the public on contemporary art and to strengthen the status of art in Finland in general. A lively cultural center and meeting place, Kiasma […]

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Military Museum

Military Museum (Suomenlinna C 77, Helsinki) – this museum is dedicated to Finland’s wartime history.  It is the largest military museum in Finland, boasting a collection of more than 200,000 items and artefacts, including decorations, arms, equipment and art.  In addition, the Military Museum has more than 200,000 photographs and images.  Founded in 1929, the […]

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Mannerheim Museum

Mannerheim Museum (Kalliolinnantie 14, Helsinki) — this museum depicting the life and times of Baron Gustaf Mannerheim, Marshal of Finland (1867—1951), has been functioning since 1951 in the same villa in the Kaivopuisto district of Helsinki where he lived during the 1924—51 period.  He is revered by Finns everywhere since he fought for the country’s […]

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Emma-Espoo Museum of Modern Art

Emma-Espoo Museum of Modern Art (Ahertajantie 5, Hensinki) – this is one of Finland’s largest museums.  It holds nearly 500 works on modern Finnish art from the Saastamoinen Foundation Art Collection.  Admission:  €12 (general).  Hours:  11 am – 6 pm (Tues., Thurs.-Fri.), 11 am – 8 pm (Wed.), 11 am – 5 pm (Sat-Sun.)

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Ehrensvärd Museum

Ehrensvärd Museum (Suomenlinna, Helsinki) – this museum is located in one the largest sea fortresses in the world (a UNESCO World Heritage site).  It was founded in 1748 (by the Swedish Empire) and it is located on six islands approximately one km. from downtown Helsinki.  The Museum itself is located on the original central courtyard […]

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Cygnaeus Gallery

Cygnaeus Gallery (Kalliolinnantie 8, Helsinki) – this museum, housed in a cottage that faces the harbor, was once the summer home of Finnish poet & historian Fredrik Cygnaeus (1807-1881).  Cygnaeus donated his cottage and various artworks he collected over the years to the Finnish public.  Today, it displays not only those pieces of art, but […]

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Cable Factory / Kaapelitehdas

Cable Factory / Kaapelitehdas (Tallberginkatu 1C 15, Helsinki) — Cable Factory has a history of manufacturing telegraph, electricity and telephone lines for Nokia from 1942 to 1985. In 1989, Nokia had a newspaper ad for renting its defunct factory. This ad was seen by group of artists and designers who decided to built their own […]

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Zürich Opera House

Zürich Opera House (Falkenstrasse 1, Zürich) – this 1,100-seat opera house is one of the best-regarded in the world. Operas, ballets, and classical music performances dominate this venue’s calendar.   250 performances take place every year featuring international stars such as Cecilia Bartoli, Diana Damrau, Joyce DiDonato, Anna Netrebko, Emily Magee, Nina Stemme, Stephen Gould, […]