Advantages So much to see
Disadvantages Could be more toilets
The final museum that I visited while in Helsinki was the National Museum of Finland. The museum is relatively easy to get to and only about a 15 minute walk from the train station. Behind the Kiasma museum is a main road and to get to the National Museum of Finland all you need to do is walk about half way down that road and it is on the left hand side. The museum is also within walking distance of the Rock Church so it might be a good idea to do both of these attractions on the same day.
Something that I noticed about Helsinki is that although you have to pay to get into museums, they aren’t too expensive. This museum charges adults 8 euros to get in and photography is allowed which was something I took particular notice of. Some other museums forbid photography so I was glad that this one didn’t do that. On the ground floor are a ticket desk, a shop and lockers where you can keep your bags for a small fee of 2 euros if you don’t want to carry them around.
On the first floor are two exhibitions, ‘Pre History’ and ‘The Realm’. There is also a large third room but it was closed when I visited as the museum is getting ready to host a new permanent collection here. Pre History consists of many religious items like chains with crosses on, bronze items and any other artefacts that have been found from this time. The Realm was much better to see than Pre History as the collection was so much bigger. Spanning the 12th to 16th centuries, this collection has a lot of art work revolving around royal families, religious men and a lot of items about the change of power in Finland. Due to this, there is a mix of both Russian and Finnish items and the journey along this section explains what has happened to the country over numerous years. I loved this section of the museum as there were so many different things to see and so much to learn about the history of the country.
The second floor also hosts ‘The Realm’ but this time from the 17th to 19th centuries as well as ‘A Land and its People’. This floor is more about furniture and costume compared with the lower floor which has more art and specific items. The clothes were very interesting to look at and you could clearly see the difference is class from one item to the next. The more upper class people had clothes which were rich looking and colourful while the lower classes had clothes which were quite drab and boring. The second floor is also home to my one favourite room of the whole museums, the throne room.
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