Seurasaari Open Air Museum – Helsinki, Finland - Atlas Obscura

Helsinki, Finland

Seurasaari Open Air Museum

A small island dotted with old, historic Finnish buildings. 

Helsinki, Finland, is a beautiful amalgamation of old and new architecture. The city sports many buildings that are a few centuries old. If you’d like to see even older buildings, then you should head to Seurasaari, a quaint island in the Meilahti neighborhood that’s full of antique structures.

The island is home to the Seurasaari Open Air Museum. Old buildings are scattered throughout the forest, as the location serves to store, preserve, and display historical Finnish buildings.

The museum opened in 1956. The park is open all year. When you visit, you’ll find actors wearing traditional clothing and showing you the ways of a bygone time. 

The park began as a location for the celebration of Midsummer, an event that today is still its largest attraction. On this day, a gigantic wooden pyre is built and set ablaze by a newlywed couple, celebrating the summer in an old pagan way.

Know Before You Go

The park is open daily. Tickets cost €10.

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