Museums and other touristic venues:
National Museum illustrates Finnish history from prehistoric times to the present. The permanent exhibition presents Finnish life from prehistoric times to the present. Temporary exhibition presents the world of Dollhouses.
KIASMA Kiasma's programme includes exhibitions presenting Finnish and international contemporary art, collection displays, performances in the Kiasma Theatre, workshops, seminars and lectures. Thank You for the Music -exhibition pays tribute to teenage idols and parodies the megastars, The Murder of Crows -exhibition offers pictures for the ears. Eyeballing! -exhibition shows new ways to present comics three-dimensionally.
Situated on a group of islands off Helsinki, Suomenlinna was built during the Swedish era as a maritime fortress and a base for the Archipelago Fleet. Work on the fortress was begun in the mid-18th century. Today, it is a UNESCO World Heritage Site and one of Finland’s most popular tourist attractions. Suomenlinna is also a district of the city of Helsinki, with a permanent population of more than 800.
Suomenlinna visit is part of the official AWiF-program.
The Senate Square presents Carl Ludvig Engel's architecture as a unique allegory of political, religious, scientific and commercial powers in the centre of Helsinki. Helsinki Cathedral is an Evangelical Lutheran cathedral of the Diocese of Helsinki, located in the centre of Helsinki, Finland. The church was originally built as a tribute to the Grand Duke, Nicholas I, the Tsar of Russia.
Square and Cathedral are part of Helsinki guided tour during AWiF.
Uspensk cathedral is an Eastern Orthodox cathedral in Helsinki and claimed to be the largest orthodox church in Western Europe. It is set upon a hillside on the Katajanokka peninsula overlooking the city. In 2006, about 516,500 tourists visited the church.
The Helsinki City Art Museum is one of the largest art museums in the Nordic countries. It functions as interpreter of the history of the visual arts and of new trends in visual culture. And now it's full of toys! This alluringly abundant pageant of toys will occupy both floors of the Tennis Palace Art Museum and take the audience on a time journey back to childhood.
Design Museum tells the story of Finnish design from the late 19th century to today. The exhibition highlights the most important periods and styles of Finnish Design and showcases the biggest names of Finnish design. The exhibition also looks to the different aspects of design from craft to fashion and from furniture design to industrial design. Temporary exhibitions of spring 2012 include New Nordic Fashion Illustration and Designing the new world.
Temppeliaukio Church is built into solid rock, therefore, it is also known as the Church of the Rock. Natural light brightens the inside through 180 glasses between the dome and the wall. The church is often used for concerts, because of the excellent acoustics. Temppeliaukio Church is one of the most famous tourist attractions in Helsinki.
Seurasaari is an island in Helsinki. It’s known mostly as the location of the Seurasaari Open-Air Museum, which consists of old, mainly wooden buildings transplanted from elsewhere in Finland and placed in the dense forest landscape of the island.
Helsinki Zoo in Korkeasaari, presents 150 animal species and almost 1000 plant species from tundra to rainforest and from foreign mountain peaks to domestic wetlands showing the diversity of nature.
The University of Helsinki Botanical Garden at Kaisaniemi is situated very close to the city centre, and its glasshouses and surrounding grounds offer nature lovers a unique experience all year round. The gallery between the large and small glasshouses is used to host temporary exhibitions, mostly on themes connected to the natural world.
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