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Hakasalmi Villa, Helsinki

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Villa Hakasalmi (Finnish: Hakasalmen huvila, Swedish: Villa Hagasund), also known as Villa Karamzin, is an architecturally and historically important 19th-century villa located in the Etu-Töölö district of central Helsinki, Finland. The villa is situated in a prominent position on Mannerheimintie, next to Finlandia Hall and opposite the National Museum.
Designed by architect Ernst Lohrmann in the Empire style and built in 1844–1846, the villa was originally the summer residence of Senator and State Councillor Carl Johan Walleen. In 1896, Walleen's step-daughter Aurora Karamzin sold the villa to the City of Helsinki, although she was allowed to continue living there until her death six years later.
Since 1912, the villa has been occupied by the Helsinki City Museum, as one of its five main exhibition venues.
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  • This Empire style charming villa is centrally located next to Finlandia Hall near Töölönlahti bay. The villa hosts temporary exhibitions. At the moment, there is an interesting photo exhibition...  more »
  • Villa Hakasalmi is a small museum with changing exhibitions. This autumns State of Mind - Helsinki during the Second World War gave an interesting perspective on wartime Finland, especially Helsinki.....  more »
  • Very nice area and a large lot. Not sure if this is common but we were here for a gathering and had the place rented out. A ton of space outdoors to mingle and a lot of room inside to lean back and relax or seek shelter from outdoors.
  • The 20's exhibition seems well researched, but maybe all the graphics is a little heavy on the eyes. More of the wi dows might have been left uncovered and still made for an atmospheric show.

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