The Finnish Museum of Natural History

October 25, 2015

The last couple of years I’ve been more and more interested in going to museums. Last week after Paulina and I came back from Sveaborg, we walked around town for an hour or so. We passed this small and rather anonymous building. The only thing making it stand out was a huge moose statue in front of the building, and a giraffe statue on the balcony. Apparently it was the Finnish Museum of Natural History.

I’ve previously been to the Museum of Natural History in London, which is huge, and then last year I visited the Swedish Museum of Natural History. Anyway, as we stood outside we were almost going to go in, but then we noticed that they’d only be open for another 30 minutes, so we decided to postpone it ’til next week, i.e., this week.


We got to the museum at around noon on Saturday, we had decided to eat breakfast at the museum café. The café is rather small, and when we stood at the cashier desk, no personal was found. Though they had left a note stating that we could pay on our way out instead of waiting around.

So we sat down and ate. I was actually pretty surprised that they had this kind of trust in people. Because when I went back to pay, I could’ve made up, or left out, anything from my order.


Anyway, the museum has three floors, with different kinds of exhibitions. The first floor was mainly skeletons from different animals, nothing all too exciting, but interesting nonetheless.

The second floor was divided into multiple sections, each section was about different continents on the planet. The section that I enjoyed the most was probably the arctic areas — for obvious reasons. The section that I least enjoyed was rain forests, not that the museum’s exhibition was bad, but just the fact that I generally don’t care all too much I’m not that interested in the rain forests.


The third floor had two main sections, one was about the animals in Finland, which was really interesting, because they had a multitude of stuffed animals, and it was pretty cool to see the real size of bears, wolves, etc. that exist in the Finnish nature.

The other section, which I’m pretty sure is the one most kids like, is a sort-of timeline, starting from before the earth was formed, going through the different evolutionary stages up until the dinosaurs. And in the main hall they have some full-size dinosaur skeletons (though I have no idea if they are actual fossils or if they are re-created bones).


Even though other museums of natural history that I’ve visited have been far larger, I quite enjoyed the small size of the one in Helsinki. Mostly because you don’t feel overwhelmed over all the things you don’t want to miss. I remember in London walking around, not really knowing where I had been, nor where I wanted to go. This is a problem that doesn’t exist in the Finnish version.

It costs 10€ for an adult, and 5€ for a child, so not all too expensive. Since the small size of the museum, I do believe you can go through it in a bout an hour, more or less. If you actually want to stop at each display and read all the text, it’ll take a lot longer, obviously.

I do recommend going, but if it’s between Sveaborg, or this particular museum, I’d vote for Sveaborg.