Military Museum’s Manege
Military Museum’s Manege
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11:00 AM - 4:30 PM
Monday
11:00 AM - 4:30 PM
Wednesday
11:00 AM - 4:30 PM
Thursday
11:00 AM - 4:30 PM
Friday
11:00 AM - 4:30 PM
Saturday
11:00 AM - 4:30 PM
Sunday
11:00 AM - 4:30 PM
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You can get to know the colourful phases of Finnish military history in the exhibitions of the Military Museum located in Suomenlinna. The exhibitions in the Military Museum´s Manege and in the Artillery Manege will take you from the Finnish Civil War of 1918 onto the struggles of World War II and on to the 21st century. The exhibition in the Military Museum's Manege tells about the Finnish Civil War 1918, the Winter War 1939–1940, the Continuation War 1941–1944 and the Lapland War 1944–1945. The Artillery Manege presents Finnish WW 2 frontline art, and there is also an exhibition showing the life of a soldier in both wartime and peacetime. In addition, there are temporary exhibitions on various topics related to Finnish military history.
Duration: 1-2 hours
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T K
Limerick, Ireland399 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jul 2023
This is a great museum that gives an insight into what it was like in Finland after it gained independence. There are plenty of information posts and lots of artefacts and displays and you would easily need at least an hour here to get anything from the museum and I must say that I enjoyed every minute in there.
Written 1 August 2023
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LostInTime
Pittsburgh, PA11,859 contributions
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Jun 2023 • Business
This is a small museum out on the island. I was surprised at how much stuff they have. The signs are in English. I also wasn’t aware of Finland’s activity in the Second World War is I learned something. Very nice.
Written 11 June 2023
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Rory G
Leamington Spa, UK8 contributions
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Feb 2023 • Couples
A great overview into Finnish military history. We were tight on time due to the ferry and wish we’d have another hour (1-2 hours is ideal) to truly take in both halls. Very well presented with a mix of written and visual pieces.
Written 17 February 2023
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rtdood
Manchester, UK225 contributions
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Jan 2023
I visited in the off season in January. I arrived just after 3pm and was here until just before closing, which I feel is just about enough time to read and take in everything on offer (approx 2 hours). There 2 halls to visit for this museum, which takes you through the armed conflicts of Finnish forces from the First World War up to the present day.

You an visit either hall to begin with as their are admission desks in both, if you purchased a ticket in one, just show that at the other for entry (if asked) as admission covers cost of visiting both buildings. I was on my own and was pretty much the only person there, besides the staff. Typically around the time of year I was visiting they do not see a lot of tourists.

The first hall is the one with the most amount of objects and artefacts inside (this has the small artillery gun outside, just follow the main road through the island from the ferry pier). Around the walls inside are display cabinets and information boards to compliment the narrative as you move round chronologically from 1914 to 1945. Information is available in English and Finnish, be aware though there is no audio guide or printed guidebook. Then again, I feel there is enough information to read as you walk through. There is also a mock wooden bunker in the centre to show what it was like for troops during the winter wars. The navy and air force are also mentioned although not as heavily as the army. I spent a good hour in here.

The second building, just behind, is marginally smaller but talks of cold war development of the Finnish army up-to the present day, with emphasis on what conscription is like, peacekeeping missions, conditions and life in military service, as well as a brief mention of future challenges. I found this quite interesting for a different perspective. It's worth noting that there is an area for children, and young adults to try on military uniforms which is pretty good as well as trying bunkbeds in mock barracks. I would like there to be some more interactives for kids and adults however. Both halls had a small area for the shop. It's quite modest with offerings but prices are reasonable.

Accessibility is good as there are no stairs within the buildings both only being on the ground floor, and there is plenty of room to move around the objects. In short, its definitely worth a visit and the admission price is reasonable.
Written 3 February 2023
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Laurens H
Delft, The Netherlands28 contributions
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Sept 2021 • Couples
The Military Museum consists of two buildings (halls) and a submarine. Good value for this ticket in my opinion. Exhibits start around 1917 - as Finland gained independence after World War One and a civil war. Well explained exhibition, plenty of Finnish and Soviet uniforms. Would recommend it to anyone who is interested in the (military) history of this country.
Written 21 September 2021
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Mikael F
Helsinki, Finland30,625 contributions
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Jul 2020
The museum building was originally Russian artillery storage from 1881.

The exhibition tells about the four wars Finland has fought during its independence: the Civil War in 1918, the Winter War in 1939–1940, the Continuation War in 1941–1944, and the Lapland War in 1944–1945.

There is a lot to see, especially if you are interested in war history.
Written 28 July 2020
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Matias L
Western Finland, Finland97 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Sept 2019
This museum is great for those who are interested in the military, well worth the money. Lot to see and experience.
Written 11 November 2019
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Robert✍️
Newbury, UK60 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Aug 2019 • Couples
Lots of interesting exhibits, and as with most things in Helsinki, all the display panels had translations to English.
The fighter jet cockpit simulator (not active) is well worth the challenge of “can you get in - and then out again”.
Written 26 August 2019
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Marty Bielicki
Stuart, FL14,526 contributions
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Jun 2019
This is a superb museum for those that are military and WWII history buffs. There are actually 200,000 artifacts in this museum that was once a storage artillery facility for the Russians. The current museum opened in 1989.

If you have the Helsinki card the museum is free. The entrance ticket is good for the adjacent museum concerning Finnish Defense Forces from post WWII to the present. Finally, the ticket is good to see the submarine Vesikko built in 1933. It is the only Finnish submarine that survived from WWII.

The museum is filled with memorabilia from the 19th century. The main focus is WWII. There are numerous uniforms, arms, canons, missiles, a sea mine, flags, a rebuilt bunker, a German tank and vehicles. There is even a Maxim machine gun from WWI. These guns could shoot 600 rounds per minute. There is no wonder why millions of soldiers died from 1914-1918.

The 1915 Rolls Royce is most interesting. It was called “The Silver Ghost.” This vehicle had 230 horse power and could go 170 kilometers/105mph. It was taken from the “Reds” during WWI and later given to the “Greatest Finn of All Time,” General and President Carl Mannerheim.

What I found most interesting was to learn about the only soldier buried in Arlington Cemetery—located in the USA—who was a Waffen SS. Lauri Torni—aka Larry Thorne—was considered Finland’s best frontline fighter during WWII.

When Finland dropped out of the war, Lauri joined the Germans as a Captain in the Waffen SS. He fought along the Eastern Front against the Russians. He did spend two years in prison for that stint.

Larry emigrated to the USA and later served in the U.S. Armed forces in Vietnam. Tragically, he died in a helicopter crash on a mission. His body was found in 1999. Lauri Torni—aka Larry Thorne—was buried in 2003 at Arlington as a major.

Rick Steves, the American travel writer, does not give much credence to this museum. I think he was in one too many café’s while visiting Suomenlinna, or finding his way out of the various tunnels, or more than likely jumping up and down the canons along Lion’s Gate.

I may be partial to WWII museums as my dad landed on the D-Day beaches. He served seven months on the front-line and was wounded in the Huetgen forest on December 16, 1944. His gift to me was his life.

We should never forget what happen and the price that was paid in the 1940’s. This museum is particularly dedicated to the price that Finland paid, particularly against the Russians to keep their freedom.

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Written 18 August 2019
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ECWorld
Hong Kong, China2,720 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
May 2019 • Family
Did not expect much from a small military museum. But they managed to pack quite a bit of exhibits in the two (yes there are two) buildings. The Finnish perspective was of course rather different from the typical German / Russian viewpoints and that alone was of interest to those interested in military history. The second building (which is easily overlooked) actually had some fun exhibits, including a set of military uniforms one can try out (great for selfies) and flight simulator inside a Saab Type 35 fighter (unfortunately simulator was not working while we were there). Free admission with the Helsinki Pass, and it was well worth the time spent there.
Written 28 July 2019
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