Sights in Helsinki, Finland

Helsinki is the capital of Finland and is home to historic sites and museums as well as one of the world’s most northern zoos. It is even home to a UNESCO World Heritage Site. It seems like an interesting place to see and explore.

  • Ateneumin Taidemuseo (Ateneum Art Museum of the Finnish National Gallery)—one of three museums in Finland’s National Gallery is home to major European works but its specialty is traditional and contemporary Finnish art; Kaivok 2
  • Designmuseo (Design Museum)—a collection of Finnish designs including furniture, jewelry, ceramics, and more; Korkeavuorenk 23
  • Ehrensvard Museo—a museum named in memory of Augustin Ehrensvard, a military architect who orchestrated the fortification of the islands of Suomenlinna from 1748-1772, with exhibits such as a model ship collection and officers’ quarters from the 18th century; Suomenlinna B 40
  • Helsingin Taidehall (Helsinki Art Gallery)—home to contemporary Finnish art including paintings, sculptures, architecture, and industrial art and design; Nervanderink 3
  • Korkeasaari Elaintarha (Helsinki Zoo)—one of the world’s most northern zoos with snow leopards and reindeer among other animals with outdoor play equipment for children; Korkea Island
  • Mannerheim Museo (Mannerheim Museum)—a museum located in the former family home of Finland’s president that features his letters and personal belongings, European furniture, Asian art, and military medals and weapons; Kalliolinnantie 14
  • Nyktaiteenmuseo (Kiasma) (Museum of Contemporary Art)—a boldly designed art museum featuring Finnish and foreign art from the 1960s to the present; Mannerheiminaukio 2
  • Seurasaaren Ulkomeseo—an outdoor museum featuring old farmhouses, barns, log buildings, a church boat, and a gabled church
  • Sinebrychoffin Taidemuseo (Sinebrychoff Museum of Foreign Art)—an 1840 neo-Renaissance mansion owned by the wealthy Sinebrychoff family includes Dutch and Swedish 17th and 18th century portraits, landscapes, miniatures, and porcelain along with period decorative furniture; Bulevardi 40
  • Suomen Kansallismuseo (National Museum of Finland)—a uniquely designed museum that features archaeological, cultural, and ethnological artifacts from Finland’s past; Mannerheimintie 34
  • Suomenlinna (Finland’s Castle)—a UNESCO World Heritage Site that is a collection of museums, parks, and gardens with its heart being a fortress and three islands; Suomenlinna C 74
  • Suomenlinna Museo (Suomenlinna Museum)—located in the same building as the visitor center of Suomenlinna, this museum has exhibits about the fortress, its fleet, and early life on the islands of Finland; Suomenlinna C 74
  • Tahtitorninvuori (Observatory Tower Hill)—named after the observatory within, this park features sculptures, winding walkways, and a view of the South Harbor
  • Tuomiokirkko (Lutheran Cathedral of Finland)—this church designed by famed architect Carl Ludvig Engel has steep steps and green domes and a blue-gray interior with white moldings and statues of German reformers Martin Luther and Philipp Melanchthon as well as Finnish bishop Mikael Agricola; Unioninkatu 29
  • Urho Kekkonen Museum Tamminiemi—the grand former home of the now deceased Finnish president Urho Kekkonen who lived here from 1956 to 1986 and the interior is filled with gifts given to Finland’s longest serving president including a gift from the US—a cupboard of National Geographic maps of the world; Seurasaarentie 15

1 Comment (+add yours?)

  1. Sartenada
    May 02, 2018 @ 05:21:09

    Zoo in Ranua is far north (65°56′32″N), Helsinki (60°10′15″N)


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