The National Museum of Finland presents Finnish history from the Stone Age to the present day, through objects and cultural history. The Finnish National Romantic style building is located in central Helsinki and operates in collaboration with the National Board of Antiquities. The permanent exhibition is divided into six departments. The Treasure Troves present the museum’s collections of coins, medals, orders, decorations, silver and weapons. The Prehistory of Finland is Finland’s largest archaeological exhibition. The Realm tells of the history of Finnish culture and society from the Middle Ages until the beginning of the 20th century. A Land and Its People presents rural life in Finland before industrialisation.
The museum collections include the Mesa Verde artifacts from the cliff dwellings of Colorado. These were dedicated to the museum by the Swedish-speaking Finnish explorer Gustaf Nordenskiöld. They comprise the most-extensive collection of Mesa Verde items outside the United States and one of the largest collections of native Americana outside the American continents. These artifacts are on display in the Museum of Cultures, in Tennispalatsi address: Eteläinen Rautatiekatu 8, Helsinki. The museum’s entrance hall ceiling has ceiling frescoes about the Kalevala, painted by Akseli Gallén-Kallela, which can be seen without an entrance fee.
The National Museum is open:
- Tue-Sun 11 am – 6 pm
Workshop Vintti is open:
- Tue-Sun 12 noon – 4 pm
P.O. Box 913, FI-00101
Tel. +358 9 40 501
Fax +358 9 4050 9400
Website – http://www.nba.fi/en/nationalmuseum
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