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The National Museum of Finland's permanent exhibitions are being updated

The National Museum of Finland is evolving, and all permanent exhibitions are being updated gradually from 2016 to 2019. The Prehistory exhibition constitutes the first stage of the renewal and was opened in April 2017. The main exhibition of the Finland 100 centenary year at the National Museum of Finland, Independent Finland, about Finns and Finland in the 1900s, will open in 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.

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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.

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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. The exhibition is divided into sections focusing on the Catholic Church, the Lutheran Church, rulers and the four estates.

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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.