Wondering what top attractions in Helsinki to see during your visit to Finland? Find out why the Seurasaari Open Air Museum is a must-visit attraction in Helsinki and what makes it such an amazing depiction of Finish lifestly, culture and history. Make sure you pay it a visit!/p>
Located on a picturesque green island just a few kilometres from the city centre of Helsinki is the Seurasaari Open Air Museum. The museum is a depiction of the customary Finnish lifestyle, which is displayed throughout the museum, offering visitors a fascinating insight into the culture of Finland. Established in the year 1909, the Seurasaari Open Air Museum is at its best during the summers when you can see the craftsmen showcasing their art.
The highlight of the Seurasaari Open Air Museum is the Midsummer Bonfire that is lit on a small island off the main Seurasaari. The bonfire is lit by a newly-wed couple and attracts numerous local as well as foreign visitors. Thousands of people flock to witness the massive bonfire each year, making it the most anticipated time to visit the Seurasaari Open Air Museum.
There are numerous small buildings throughout the museum and every building represents a province of Finland and represents the lifestyle from the 18th to the 20th century. The Seurasaari Open Air Museum comprises of as many as 87 buildings. The major attractions of the museum include the Niemela tenant farm showcasing Central Finland and the Antti farmstead representingSouth-western Finland.
Seurasaari Open Air Museum also offers a shop for visitors as well as numerous farmhouses and cottages. Guides are available to take visitors around the various cottages of the museum for a comprehensive tour. Guided tours at Seurasaarri Open Air Museum are available in a number of languages - including Finnish, German, Swedish and English.
Unfortunately, there are no known mosques located on the island for prayers. Halal facilities are also not available at the museum. However if you head out a bit, you can find good Halal restaurants not too far away and the Masjid Al Huda within close reach of the museum. Travelers may also want to avoid some of the beaches on the island, as they happen to include some of Finland's nudist beaches.