Museums in Finland

There are more museums per person in Finland than in any other country in the world! We collected some highlights for you:


Ainola - the home of Jean Sibelius in Tuusula, near the city of Helsinki (this attraction is recommended by the bestseller book 1000 Places To See Before You Die):


Arktikum (Exhibition of  Arctic Regions, Rovaniemi):


Bengtskär Lighthouse (Scandinavia's highest lighthouse, 52 meters, built in 1906, the first lighthouse museum in Finland, a possibility for overnight stayings in the old home of the lighthouse keeper):

(History and pictures:

(Rotatable images:

(Cruises from Hanko to Bengtskär Lighthouse:

(Cruises from Hanko to Bengtskär Lighthouse:

(Cruises from Kasnäs to Bengtskär Lighthouse:

(Other lighthouses:


Bonk Museum (Remember! This is a joke!):


Botanical Gardens:,,,, 


Castles, fortresses and fortifications in Finland and Russia: and and


Finnish Museum Association:


Finnish Museum of  Horology (the only museum of its kind in the Nordic Countries, Espoo, near Helsinki):


Finnish Museum of  Natural History (Helsinki):


Finnish National Gallery:


Gallen-Kallela Museum:


Gold Prospector Museum:


Jokioinen Railway Museum (scheduled steam trains - a trip on a narrow gauge!):


Kierikki - the Stone Age Centre (the biggest modern log building in Europe, prizes awarded in 2001 and in 2002):


Lighthouse museums:


List and search of museums in Finland:


Lusto (Finland's national forest museum: exhibitions & arboretum, we especially recommend "The Room of Silence" audiovisual nature show, in Punkaharju near the city of Savonlinna, visit also Retretti - see below):


Museum Links by TTE:


Museums in East Uusimaa (quite near the city of Helsinki, especially interesting museums in Porvoo):


Museums in Turku:, (click photos or choose other museums 1-12 on the right, please)


National Board of Antiquities:


Old Mine in Outokumpu:


Pahkaparatiisi - The Gnarl Paradise - Knorrenparadis (the collection of gnarled wood, over 4000 gnarls in Huittinen):,, (the panorama), (the photo gallery) 


Porkkala (historical area near Helsinki):


Puppet House (over 300 puppets in Sysmä):


Retretti Art Centre in the Finnish primary rock and glass-bottom boat cruises (in Punkaharju near Lusto Forest Museum, see above):


Rock Planetarium in Jyväskylä (the world's only planetarium in a primary rock, also saunas for rent):


Rosala Viking Centre (a museum, viking houses, viking dinners):


Sibelius Museum (in Turku):


Spy Museum (in Tampere, the first spy museum in the world):


Steam train trips (scheduled trips or rent a steam train): and


Suomenlinna Island Fortress (the island fortress no visitor to Helsinki should miss, the biggest sea fortress in Scandinavia, founded in 1748 on the islands of the coast of Helsinki, included in the list of UNESCO's World Heritage Sites, many museums, beaches for swimming, restaurants and cafes, a wonderful "Suomenlinna Experience" multi-image show, boats from the Market Square, also guided tours, in Helsinki):  and and and


The Craft Museum of Finland (Net exhibitions are also worth seeing!):


The Finnish Museum of  Agriculture:


Tytyri Limestone Mine & Dimensio Under Ground light show (in Lohja): 


Wiurila Manor (Halikko, Turku region):

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