Seurasaari Open-Air Museum

Old Finnish house in Seurasaari

Old Finnish house in Seurasaari (c) by dalbera

Seurasaari is a small, uninhabited island near Helsinki. Locals and tourists from around the world flock to Seurasaari to enjoy the quiet, peaceful atmosphere.

Seurasaari is densely forested and is home to many varieties of wildlife. Hares, birds and red squirrels are just a few of the animals that live on the island. People also travel to Seurasaari to enjoy the nude beach, the midsummer bonfire and the outdoor museum.

The Seurasaari Open-Air Museum was founded in 1909 and mainly features old, wooden buildings that have been brought to the island of Seurasaari from other parts of Finland. The oldest building in the collection is the Karuna Church, originally built in 1686. The museum has more than 80 buildings altogether, most of them dating back to the 18th and 19th centuries.

Guided tours, craft demonstrations and festivals

During the summer, guides dressed in traditional costumes lead tours through the scattered buildings. Finnish, Swedish, German and English tours leave daily from the ticket booth; times vary depending on the language chosen. The cost of the tour is included in the price of admission. Craft demonstrations, festivals and concerts also take place at the Seurasaari Open-Air Museum.

Squirrel in Seurasaari

Squirrels are really tame in Seurasaari (c) by dalbera

The island is open year-round, as is a small cafe near the museum. A larger restaurant is open during the summer. The museum itself is open from May until mid-September. Wheelchair ramps can be arranged at some locations if requested. Assistants are strongly recommended for those who are mobility-impaired.

Getting there

The easiest way to get to Seurasaari is by taking the Number 24 bus from Helsinki. Visitors who do not wish to take the bus may ride on Tram Number 4 to Pikku-Huopalahti, which is only a short walk from the island.

Admission fees

Entrance to the island is free.

Access to museum buildings:
Adults 8,00 €
Reduced ticket 6,00 € (students, senior citizens over 65 years, conscripts and groups more than 10 persons)
One building 4,00 €
Children 7-17 years 2,50 €

Family ticket (2 adults and 1-4 children) 18,00 €

Free admission on the International Museum Day 18th May and Helsinki Day 12th June.
Free entry with Helsinki Card.

Seurasaari on the map

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