Seurasaari Open-Air Museum
Seurasaari Open-Air Museum is situated on the beautiful green island, just a few kilometers from the center of Helsinki. Seurasaari Island is known for its historical and architectural monuments, among which is the Museum under the open sky.
Seurasaari Helsinki is a quiet area, consisting of cottages, farmsteads and manors that appeared here 4 years ago and were moved from all over Finland. Professor Axel Olai Heikel founded Open-Air Museum Seurasaari in 1909.
Seurasaari Island in Helsinki is an excellent place that allows you to roam around the forest routes, which pass by the ancient wooden buildings – mills, houses, barns. On the Western shore of Seurasaari there is a beach where you can swim. For tourists there is a café and a restaurant where people can quickly have a meal, and then continue the journey.
In the beginning of the last century, the Museum was opened on the island, where were collected the samples of rural architecture of the country. From all over the country restored houses, barns, sheds and farms, windmills, stables and saunas were brought here. Some buildings are unique; they were built in the 17th century without a single nail. These unique buildings represent the life of the Finnish countryside, starting from the 18th century to the 20th. Today in the Museum of Seurasaari Island in Finland you can see 87 separate buildings.
Karuna Church is the oldest building on the island. This Church was built in 1685-86 by the owner of the estate Karuna – Baron Arvid Horn. The building was as a family chapel for him, which the Baron named after his second wife, Maria Elizabeth. In 1912 the Church was brought to Seurasaari. Initially, walls of the Church were decorated with frescoes, now the paintings are shown on these walls. Also you can visit the House of the 19th century on the island – Halla House, where many itinerant workers, hunters and migrants stopped in the past.
Seurasaari Open-Air Museum in Helsinki includes a bathhouse. It was brought here in 1909. But since 1844 the bathhouse has been in the estate. Similar in size and type, barns-sheds were brought to the island from different places of Finland.
The lower part of the buildings intended for the storage of grain, the upper – for sleeping in summer. The peasant farmstead Pertinosta from Suojärvi, was built according to the type of houses of the Russian North. Here, unlike other Finnish estates, people and pets were placed “under one roof”. Warehouses were located at the bottom, on the second floor was the attic and on the first floor were cow stalls.
This tour allows you to immerse yourself in Finnish history since the 17th century.