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The National Museum of Finland's permanent exhibitions are being updated
The National Museum of Finland's permanent exhibition is currently divided into two departments: The Realm and Workshop Vintti. The construction and planning of a new permanent exhibition is currently in progress. Due to the construction work, the Prehistory of Finland exhibition is closed as of 10 August 2015, while the Treasure Troves exhibition is closed as of 9 November 2015.
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- New Prehistory exhibition opens on 1 April 2017.
- The section on the history of independent Finland will be completed by the centenary of Finnish independence, 6 December 2017.
- The sections focusing on the ages in between, which detail Finland's history under Swedish and Russian rule, will be updated last. These sections should be completed in 2019.
PREHISTORY – The exhibition opens on 1 April 2017
Who are we and where did we come from? The area now comprising Finland was first settled 10,000 years ago. What kind of a world did these people live in? The National Museum of Finland's updated prehistory exhibition takes you back in time to experience living prehistory, building connections that extend all the way to modern times. Learn and be amazed at how much we have in common with prehistoric people.
The exhibition showcases the most fascinating finds and exciting mysteries from Finland's prehistory. The Vendel era Levänluhta water burial site, swords, animal motif items, silver treasures and other artefacts tell our story from the end of the Ice Age to the end of the Iron Age.
Experience the exhibition with multiple senses! Touch a genuine reindeer axe, bring a cave painting to life and see a mammoth move. The digital exhibits bring history to the present day.
The activity and experience-based presentation invites you to immerse yourself in the alternate worlds of the prehistoric era. The exhibition presents no single truth about the past, instead offering alternative interpretations based on the latest archaeological research. The unanswered questions burrow into your mind, arousing a thirst for knowledge.
The exhibition opens on 1 April 2017 and will stay open until further notice.
THE REALM, 13th–19th centuries
The Realm exhibition details Finland's history under church rule, Swedish secular rule, the country's annexation by the Russian Empire, and ends at Finland's declaration of independence. The exhibition is divided into sections focusing on the Catholic Church, the Lutheran Church, rulers and the four estates.
A LAND AND ITS PEOPLE - exhibition is closed
This exhibition offers perspectives on Finnish folk culture, the foundation of ‘Finnishness’. The section showcases the National Museum's valuable ethnological collections, including its Sami collections. The exhibition will be closed on 1st of March 2017 due to the construction of the Museum's new permanent exhibition.
Workshop Vintti – Easy History is an interactive hands-on exhibition housed on the Museum's third floor. Vintti offers visitors the opportunity to study the history of Finland and its culture using their hands and heads. Vintti is open Tue–Sun from 12 noon to 4 pm.