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Military Museum, Helsinki

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Military Museum´s exhibition locations at Liisankatu 1 and Maurinkatu 1 are closed. Exhibitions are located at Suomenlinna.The Military Museum of Finland (Sotamuseo) is the central museum of the Finnish Defence Forces and the national special museum of military history. It is located in Helsinki and it is part of the Finnish National Defence University. In 2012, the Military Museum's exhibitions in Kruununhaka and Suomenlinna had around 55,000 visitors. The most popular exhibition is the submarine Vesikko, visited by around 27,000 people annually. The exhibition in Kruununhaka closed in 2016 and the Museum's only exhibitions are now located at Suomenlinna.The Military Museum's task is to collect, preserve, research and display artifacts and other heritage related to the development of the Defence Forces of Finland, Finland's military history and to the history of weaponry.HistoryMilitary Museum was founded November 25, 1929. The opening ceremony followed on October 18, 1930 at Liisankatu, Kruununhaka. Before the foundation, Finnish military history was first shown to the public in 1908 at Valtion historiallinen museo (The History Museum of the State) and later in 1918–1919 at the National Museum. The former exhibition’s theme was The War of 1808–1809 and latter’s Finnish Civil War.In January 1930, The Ministry of Defence ordered Military Museum to continue in Suomenlinna Sea Fortress, where the building Bastion Carpelan was reserved for the museum’s use. Lieutenant Reijo Wilhelm Palmroth was elected as museum manager. The opening ceremony took place on June 11, 1933 and in the following years the museum was annually visited by around 9254 people. The exhibition consisted of different arms sections which included jaegers, engineers, arms and navy. There were also civil war collections to be seen.
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  • It is a small museum, you can see from outside the size and the overall space. So you can decide if it is worth visiting. It presents the FINISH perspective and i found it very interesting as it is ra...  more »
  • A smaller scale museum. Interesting permanent exhibition. At first only in Swedish and Finnish - English added later to most of the descriptions. Could more deeply explore the uncomfortable connection...  more »
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  • One the most awesome museums I’ve ever been. The amount of cool stuff you could see here for the incredible price!!! Is unbelievable! Highly recommended. You can see and learn and enjoy a lot visiting only of the three exhibitions offered on the combined ticket, let alone all three!
  • Awesome experience looking through this gem of a war museum! I was fascinated with all the information which there was plenty of and I was mesmerised by the life like statues. Looking at all the old memorabilia from the war time gave me a sense of how intense it was during that time.
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