National Museum of Finland
Visitors who enjoy getting to know the country they are exploring will enjoy the National Museum of Finland in Helsinki, which depicts Finnish life from prehistoric times to the present. Housed in an impressive Romantic style building, which looks a bit like a castle, the museum's permanent exhibition is divided into five sections, including the 'Treasure Trove', a display of coins, medals and weaponry. The archaeological section features some rare Stone Age finds. Also interesting are the folk costumes, textiles and furniture displays that make up Finland's cultural heritage collection. Other highlights include the section on the Vikings and the exhibition on jewellery through the ages in Finland. One common criticism of this otherwise popular museum is that there is not adequate coverage of the Finnish wars, which may be a disappointment to military history lovers. The museum has regular temporary exhibitions as well as the extensive permanent collection but these usually carry an extra cover charge. The Finnish are not a very well studied nation internationally and their rich history is usually relatively unknown to outsiders which makes this museum especially intriguing. The museum also has a café and shop.
Address: Mannerheimintie 34
Telephone: (0)40 128 6469
Opening times: Closed Mondays; Tuesday to Sunday 11am to 6pm.
Admission: ï¿½8 for adults; free for those under 18; free admission Tuesdays 5:30pm to 8pm; other concessions available.