I have been to Helsinki a lot of times but this time there was one addition to my travel necessaries – my 7 months old daughter. Therefore I could not roam around the autumn city all day long since my baby needed being fed from time to time. I also could not stay in Ekberg café sipping coffee all day long since my baby wanted me moving all the time. I found the decision – we went to visit a museum.
This time it was the National Museum of Finland. We actually liked it. It is that kind of historic museum that each Nordic (or small) country has. That kind that encompasses all historic artifacts the country has – from bones of prehistoric people through to jewelry and armory of Vikings, sculptures from Baroque churches and porcelain from houses of noble families. The museum is big enough to give you a clear picture of what Finland is, but it is at the same time compact enough not to bore you with all the exhibits.
The museum has temporary exhibition on the ground floor where there is also a museum café with pretty outside yard. At the time of our visit, it was the exhibition on icons from Karelia along with personal belongings of soldiers from the second world war (which was curiously named “Continuation War”).
If you are not a museum lover, it is worth visiting at least the main hall of the museum. It contains colorful frescos by Gallen-Kallela on Kalevala themes and the museum building itself is quite impressive.
Overall, we enjoyed our visit and found that museums are quite efficient way of spending Sunday afternoons in the country where everything else is closed on Sundays. In museums, they even let shops work on Sundays…