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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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  • 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 »
  • Complete in three parts with the Sub Marine Museum including. But the explanations are clear and detailed. Here is a tour not to miss.
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  • Very cool museum if you're interested in Finland's war history. The museum is split between two buildings next to each other but most of the exhibition is in the main building. There were a lot of smaller items, models, uniforms and guns to see but also bigger installations such as vehicles and a dugout. Everything was very well documented and interesting to read about. I only wish there had been small spot lights at some of the exhibits to see the text a little better. The second building has even more uniforms to see and also some from different time periods you can try on, AND there is a model cockpit of a fighter jet that you are allowed to climb in to if interested. All in all, I really liked it and wouldn't mind going back. I spent roughly 1,5 hours there calmly looking through the exhibition and trying on some uniforms. (I added a picture of a quad-Maxim AA machine gun that I found interesting)
  • It is heaven to world war history lovers. Guns, tanks, vehicles from the world war time. Also has model of fighter plane where you can get into it and have look and feel.
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