Finnish Airforce Museum

For quite a while I knew that close to the airport of Jyväskylä there is a museum that features the history of aviation in Finland. As most of the time I prefer to be in the nature it happend that I haven’t been in it up to my last tour through the country. This time in 2017 it was time to stop here as my route led me very close to the museum. It was time to check out the Finnish aviation history.

The museum is located in a hangar building. Outside you can see some fighter planes and radar towers, but the main exhibition is inside the hangar.

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So lets go inside the hangar. I was quite suprised how many planes fit inside the building. Some words now to avoid you wondering. You will see the symbol of luck and fertility that Nazi-Germany misused in their flag, but here in the color blue. It is related to Count Eric von Rosen a Swedish explorer who donated the first plane to th Finnish airforce. The symbol used to be the symbol of the Finnish airforce from 1918 -1945. After that it was replaced by a blue circle.

Entering the museum you will be quite overwhelmed by the amount of planes.

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There are not only planes, but also some helicopter and missiles.

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And the museum shows how some planes were used, like the one distributing notes.

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Not all planes are shown in completness. You will also find parts, like this cockpit.

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And obviously not all planes in wartime returned. Quite a bunch were destroyed and crashed. The remains that were found, partly are recovered and shown in the museum.

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I hope you liked to stroll through the museum with me and I recommend to stop here if you are somewhere around Jyväskylä.

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Serlachius Museum Gösta

In the west of Mänttä you can find the second part of the interesting Serlachius museums. Serlachius Museum Gösta combines an art museum and a mansion that is accessible through the entrance hall of the art museum. I came quite late and had to rush a little especially through the mansion as the staff was kind to let me walk through despite official closing announcement, but I had a good time there to explore the different rooms on three floors. But back to the art museum first.

The art museum is located in a huge desinger building and has its roots in the collection of Serlachius, the former founder and owner of the paper factory in town (see Serlachius Museum Gustav for his history). According to their website the museum won several awards for the architecture and the collection. You will find a permanent exhibition and some changing exhibition, which during my visit featured the subject of how Europe and the world deals with refugees.

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From this part of the exhibition you can continue down some huge stairs into a huge hall that houses some general paintings.

As mentioned do not forget to have a look at the mansion. Inside there is more art, but also the furntiture and information about its past.

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Keep an eye open for some stairs leading down into the painted cellar room, or should I say drinking room 🙂

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In the ground and upper floor you can see art sorted by subject, for example forest and winter.

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If you come here on a nice summer day, then you can enjoy also the park around the museum.

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I hope you liked this short tour through the Serlachius Museum Gösta. Have a look on their website that you can access by clicking on their banner below and of course make a visit there personally!

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Artillary Museum of Finland in Hämeenlinna

The Artillary Museum of Finland in Hämeenlinna is a military museum showcasing the Finnish military history from the far past when the use of gunpowder started to spread until the very recent involvement of Finnish army within the United Nations corps peacekeeping missions. You will find a large exhibition inside the museum located just beside the Linna, and there is also a big outdoor exhibition with a lot of military vehicles and weapons.
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> Link to the museums official page

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Amuri Quarter – Workers history

For a long time textile industry was the major job motor in Tampere. Many different factories grew here to feed the request for textiles in Finland and Europe. The city grew and quarters developed in which mainly the workers lived. Conditions were poor, people struggled to earn their living. But factories florished until the end of last century when competitors from overseas with cheap products flooded the market. A steady descent started and not much is left today. Tampere readjusted its economic footprint. Unfortunately much of the old wooden structures disappeared and got replaced with concrete, but there are still some gems left. Fortunately the mistake was not made too much with the industrial buildings, which gives the downtown of Tampere a very special flair. But back to the workers quarters, one place is the Amuri Quarter. It is nowadays a museum featuring the history of Tamperes workers quarters. Going through the museum you will make a journey in time. The rooms are furnished cronologically and you can read about the daily life of virtual people living there. There is a public sauna to be seen and once you have done your tour, you can have a rest in the very nice cafe at the exit.

Weather during my visit was not too bright, but as you see the houses have open doors and the virtual inhabitants are welcoming you 🙂

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The rooms are equipped with furniture and things from a specific periode.

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At the time people lived here, it was common that many inhabitants shared rooms, so even it looks cosy nowadays, it was tough in the past.

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As you see on the sign, Swedish language was (and still is to some extend) the language in the Southwest. It says ‘God is the love’.

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If you compare the interior to the first photos, you notice, that it is a little more modern.

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The public sauna and washing facilities. It used to be something common in Finland to have these public saunas. They almost disappeared as almost everyone has a sauna at home, but there are some tendencies that they become a small revival.

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It is obvious where we are here… 😉

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I think this museum quarter is a very nice and special place. There are many open-air museums, but not many of this kind. Glad I have been here and a high recommendation to visit it!

-> Webpage of the Amuri Museum

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Cosy Cafe Amurin Helmi

If you are in Tampere and you are looking for a Cafe then you will have to go to the Amuri Quarter, an open air museum of workers houses of Tamperes former industry. There you will find the Cafe Amurin Helmi. They have so tasty things. If I am in the area I pass by here to get some yumyum pulla. But it is not only the really fresh backed things, but also the cosy interior. It is a good place to have a rest!

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-> Webpage of Cafe Amurin Helmi

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Openair Museum Jalomäen Umpipiha

Driving from Tampere towards Pori I suddenly saw some nice and really old buildings beside the road and they immediately caught my interest. So I stopped and had a look. I was fortuned that this day there was a guided tour through this tiny settlement. My knowledge of Finnish is highly limited despite my year in the beautiful country, so I was glad that the guide talked to me a few words in English inbetween the Finnish tour. That plus a look into the internet gave me some idea about the place.

Buildings partly date back to the 17th century. What you notice pretty immediately when entering the complex is that the outer buildings form a circle and the gaps between them are closed with wooden walls. This was a protection of the villagers and their lifestock against the wild ‘creatures’ like wolves and bears which would otherwise come and threaten the base of living. Inside the walls the farmers kept the animals.

If you walk around you find many storage buildings. And the interior of the living houses is very pretty, but it is noticeable that life in the past was pretty tough. Have fun watching the photos of this interesting place…

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-> Wikipedia about this openair museum

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Möhkö Ironwork Ruins

At my stay in Petkeljärvi I saw during a look at the Visitor Center that there is some ruins and environment of a former iron works in nearby Möhkö. So after putting together my things and a beautiful hike I drove the short way to Möhkö. Here I found ruins of melting furnaces and a still in shape historic industry environment including the owners Mansion. Much is put into a museum and you can walk around to get an impression of this areas history.

Around the ruins of the furnace there is a walkway so you can check it out from all directions. Have a look at the model of the furnace which is located in the mansion.

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Do not forget to have a look at the mansion. Inside the basement gives you an idea how nicely the owner of the ironworks lived and how much wealth he must have had.IMG_6831IMG_6812 IMG_6810 IMG_6809

In the second floor a part of the exhibition is dedicated to the times when Möhkö was a place of war. Here Finland faught agains Russia, who tried to overtake Finland. Much fighting took place in Möhkö and you will learn about individuals of both sides. It is sad…
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Walking around you will admire the beautiful location of that place. It is very calm nowadays and offers much for the eyes.IMG_6850

Inside the mansion there is a painting which shows how the area once looked like. I think it is no comparison to today…
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If you want to know more about Möhkö Ironworks, please have a look at their official homepage.

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