What are the best free museums in Helsinki?

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Violetta Teetor

All Helsinki city museums are free of charge and there are 7 to choose from. Hugely popular amongst the kids is Sederholm House, one of the oldest buildings still left standing. Children’s Town allows young and old to play in the shops, sit at a school desk from the 1930’s, scribble on a writing slate and visit Grandma’s 1970’s home. Discover your inner child and join in the fun.

The Worker Housing Museum depicts living conditions of the employees of the city as it was in the 20thC. The tiny ‘stove rooms’ are authentic in every way and gives us an indication of furnishings and decorations. A short bus ride out of the city takes you to Tuomarinkylä Manor House, pure style in its architecture, it is situated in the beautiful grounds of the riding stables next door. The Elegance Exhibition introduces us to a range of styles from baroque to functionalism. Pop in to the restaurant next door. The food is outrageously good. For all the museums, click here.

Helsinki University Museum incorporates the museums of Medical History, Veterinary Medicine, Dentistry and the Collections of Craft Science.
Learn more about the administration of the university from Russian and Swedish times to the time after Independence. See the writing case of embroidered silk designed by Helena Westermarck which was presented at the Paris World’s Fair in 1900. The Bank of Finland museum is also free of charge. Follow the route of the old Finnish Markka to Finland’s involvement in the European Economic Community.

Many art and history museums have free opening times. The Sinebrychoff Museums with its imposing collection of Dutch masters can be visited free of charge on the first Wednesday of every month from 5pm till 8pm. See the Natural History Museum on the first Thursday of every month from 4pm till 6pm (3pm till 5pm in summer), the National Museum every Friday from 4pm till 6pm, Kiasma Museum of Contemporary Design first Friday of the month from 5pm till 8.30pm to name but a few. Give them a call, you might get lucky.

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