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Never before has the story of Finland’s independent years been told in such a touching way. The exhibition will play at the heartstrings of both Finns and visitors from abroad. It has been put together by film director Juho Kuosmanen, cultural multitalent Kaarina Hazard, historian Teemu Keskisarja and set designer Kari Kankaanpää, to name a few.

Finland’s recent history is a mingling of light and deep shadows. The exhibition takes a bold new look at the wounds left by wars and the struggle for independence. But it also brims with joy for the 100-year-old Finland, which has managed to grow into a country of democracy, equality and wellbeing, and pokes loving fun at the nation’s little peculiarities – Finns are a weird but happy bunch! We are a people who love the Moomins, the Ball Chair, children’s waterproof overalls, heavy metal music and sauna.

The carefully selected items on display have a strong grip on our hearts. The boots of a fallen red soldier, a ballot box from the first election, goldware donated to the state by ordinary people during the Second World War, and the ocarina and suitcase of little refugee girl Elvi who had to leave her home in Karelia all vividly connect the past with the present. The story continues on in digital format in places where the physical objects, images and words alone are not sufficient.

A powerful story will never provide the audience with ready-made answers, which is why the exhibition leaves room for people’s own ideas and interpretations. 

Guided tours in English
  • Sunday 28.1. at 14.00 (2 pm)
  • Sunday 25.2. at 14.00 (2 pm)
  • Sunday 1.4. at 14.00 (2 pm)
  • Sunday 22.4. 14.00 (2 pm)

Designer and expert team

  • Dramatic script and direction: film director Juho Kuosmanen, free writer Kaarina Hazard and project manager Hanna Forssell
  • Expert manuscript by: Docent Teemu Keskisarja, Docent Hanna Kuusi and Docent Jukka Kortti, as well as Professor Sakari Heikkinen, Professor Kimmo Rentola, Professor Veli-Pekka Lehtola, Professor Antti Häkkinen and university researcher Aappo Kähönen
  • Set design: set designer Kari Kankaanpää 
  • Illustrations and graphic design: graphic designer Elina Warsta and designer Kasper Tammela
  • Digital applications by Matti Niinimäki, lighting design by Jenni Pystynen, and sound design by Viljami Lehtonen and Aki Päivärinne

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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.

Workshop Vintti is open
Tue-Sun 12 noon–5 pm (12–17)
Wed 12 noon–7 pm (12–19)
16.4.–3.9. open also on Mondays