Military Museum's Manege, Helsinki

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The Military Museum’s Manege, located in Suomenlinna sea fortress, is originally a Russian artillery storage built in 1880-1881. In 2012 a new exhibition From Autonomy to Atalanta was opened in the Manege. The new exhibition covers Finnish military history from early 19th century to the present day. Although most of the exhibition consists of World War II history, there is also some information about earlier centuries.The building was opened as a museum in 1989 and there are approximately 13 000 visitors annually from all over the world. The museum is open 12.5.2012–31.10.2016 every day 11AM-6PM.History of the BuildingThe Manege was built in 1880-1881, in a time when Finland was still part of the Russian Empire. Some architectural plans had been made already in 1875 but they were however rejected. Three years later architect Greifon’s plan was considered the best alternative. The Manege was built using brick and floor was originally made of clay. Floor was re-constructed however in 1908 by using concrete as building material. Between the entrances on both ends of the building is a large hall. Originally there were heating ovens next to the entrances.Russians used the building mainly as artillery storage but there was also a possibility for soldiers to train gymnastics in the main hall. In the beginning of 1890s places for an orchestra, a stage and dressing rooms for both women and men were built in the end of the main hall. The Manege was suitable for many different purposes, but despite its name it was neved used as a riding hall.After Finland gained its independence in 1917 the command of Suomenlinna sea fortress transferred from Russia to Finland. Soon after becoming independent Finland fell into Civil War. During and after the Civil War, Suomenlinna sea fortress had camps for red side´s prisoners of war. However, during the war the Manege served as storage and workshop. After the Civil War the Manege has primarily served as storage facility for the Finnish Navy and from 1974 onwards for the Military Museum. Anyhow, the main hall has occasionally served as a movie theatre and during the Continuation War it was also used as a basketball court.
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  • Very good museum for the whole family. Would love to go there alone again to go through and read all the information signs to get an extra deep understanding of the story that is told there. Cheap entry when it also includes another museum.
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  • At the museum on the island of Suomenlinna, there are a number of battle planes built as models, various objects in battle, seasonal military attire, and a variety of trench shelters made of scene, as well as tanks, vans and... You can see the weapons with such tools. On the island, if you find time. The paid museum was sometimes free of charge, when we were gone. You won't lose anything if you don't.
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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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