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Seurasaari Open Air Museum

The Seurasaari Open-Air Museum allows visitors to step back in time and glimpse the traditional way of life in the Finnish countryside, and all this in the heart of the capital city, Helsinki. The museum, situated on a lovely green island accessed from the mainland via a footbridge, consists of a collection of cottages, farmsteads, parsonages, rural churches, manor houses and other old buildings, all preserved and relocated from their original sites around the provinces of Finland. The 86 buildings currently on the museum site have been arranged to form a complete replica of a country district, reflecting what life was like in various levels of rural society between the 18th and 20th centuries.

Unfortunately, the Seurasaari Open-Air Museum is closed until 15 May 2013.

Address: Seurasaari Island

E-mail: seurasaarenulkomuseo@nba.fi

Website: www.nba.fi/en/seurasaari_openairmuseum

Telephone: (0)9 4050 9660

Transport: Bus 24 from Erottaja to the end of the bridge to Seurasaari

Opening times: 15 to 30 May: Monday to Friday 9am to 3pm, Saturday to Sunday 11am to 5pm. 1 June to 31 August: Monday to Sunday 11am to 5pm. 1 to 15 September: Monday to Friday 9am to 3pm, Saturday to Sunday 11am to 5pm.

Admission: €8 (adults); €6 (reduced for concessions); €2,50 (7 to 17 year olds); free for under 7s, or with Helsinki Card.