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    Finnish Toy Museum Leikkilinna
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    Bodom Lake

    by mindcrime Updated Jul 31, 2013

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    Bodom Lake(Bodominjärvi) is a lake on north suburbs of Espoo, a friend from Helsinki took us there with his car, it was probably the best part of our trip in Finland. We went there for fishing, it was so relaxing looking at the beautiful landscape, having fun and of course eating the fishes afterwards right there next to the lake. It’s an ideal place for picnic.

    The lake is 3km in length and 1km in width, there’s a path next to the lake so you can walk a bit if you want to but also swim (the water seemed cold for us but locals didn’t have any problem), many people bring their tents and overnight there, we just stayed until midnight.

    There’s a heavy metal band called Children of Bodom. They are from Espoo and named their band after the famous murders that took place in 1960 when four teenagers went to camp at the lake but 3 out of them got murdered while they were sleeping. Ok, probably it spoils the romantic picture of the lake but I couldn’t resist and put some music of them to listen while there but I had to turn it off, heavy metal music didnt seem to fit with the calm waters :)

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    Tapiola

    by mindcrime Updated Jul 31, 2013

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    Although this is a page of Espoo what we actually visited was the district of Tapiola (and next day the Bodom lake), a town that was created in 1953 to serve the needs of urbanization that was growing fast through an architectural experiment, it was actually one of the first post war projects about new town: it was designed as a garden city trying to balance the needs of construction along with several open spaces, wide avenues, parks and agriculture, of course now you can just see some parks but I guess that’s what they had in mind back then and not these high buildings I saw or the underground car parkings.

    Tapiola was named after Tapio the finnish forest spirit (or god) that hunters prayed to him before a hunt. Tapio has a beard of lichen and eyebrows of moss.
    Tapio, Bear-king, Ruler of the forest
    Mielikki, Bluecloak, Healer of the ill and sad
    Open the gate and let me follow the uncurving path
    (from Nightwish song: Elvenpath )

    The bus dropped us off at Heikintori, one of the first shopping areas with many stores together under the same roof, we had our coffee break there and then started to walk towards EMMA museum, the buildings around were ugly, we noticed some small parks but in general we found the general area boring, I don’t know maybe students that are into modern architecture may find the area more interesting. There was also a train station under construction, I think the metro line from Helsinki will come here in a few years, that will be very convenient because Tapiola is actally a satellite town of Helsinki. Except the Museum of Modern Art you can also check Tapiola church behind Heikintori.

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    EMMA, Espoo Museum of Modern Art

    by mindcrime Written Jul 31, 2013

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    We wouldn’t bother to visit Espoo if it wasn’t for visiting EMMA(Espoo Museum of Modern Art). It is located on WeeGee house, a former printing house that now hosts 5 different museums.

    EMMA is the largest museum in Finland, focusing mainly on Finnish artists but I also many international exhibitions. As any Modern Art museum it has its ups and downs, some interesting items, some weird ones, some useless.
    Some interactive pieces or some moving installations adds to the variety of the expected anyway collections of paintings, sculptures etc Mediocre in general (it would be much more interesting with more information on each item and not just the title and date) but if you visit some of the others museums that included in your ticket (especially the clock museum) you wont feel very guilty that you travel outside Helsinki :)

    Pic 2 shows kids checking painting High Tide made by Risto Suomi in 2007.
    Check pic3, is this really art? I wonder if anyone tried to wash his hands there :) just for the record the artist is from Spain (Daniel Canogar) named it single flow…

    I bought WeeGee ticket for 12euros, it covers EMMA, City Museum, Museum of Horology, Toy Museum and Helina Rautavaara museum. Free on Wednesday 18.00-20.00. Free entrance with Helsinki card.

    WeeGee is open daily except Monday.
    Tue, Thu, Fri 11-18.00, wed 11-20.00, weekends 11-17.00

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    Helina Rautavaaran Museo

    by mindcrime Written Jul 31, 2013

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    After EMMA I visited Helina Rautavaaran Museum. It’s dedicated on non-european cultures and its named after Helina Rautavaara (1928-1998) who collected the objects on display and donated them, she dedicated her life on various cultures, she traveled a lot of course and published many of her travel diaries...

    There are more than 2500 items from around the world (north Africa, middle east, southereast asia, latin America). There many utensils, ritual objects but also fascinating local art for these regions. There also video panels and photographs and from time to time workshops. I got a bit bored but they told me it's much more interesting when they have seminars with someone giving much more information on each culture.

    I bought WeeGee ticket for 12euros, it covers EMMA, City Museum, Museum of Horology, Toy Museum and Helina Rautavaara museum. Free on Wednesday 18.00-20.00. Free entrance with Helsinki card.

    WeeGee is open daily except Monday.
    Tue, Thu, Fri 11-18.00, wed 11-20.00, weekends 11-17.00

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    Finnish Toy Museum Leikkilinna

    by mindcrime Written Jul 31, 2013

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    On my way out of WeeGee I passed by this Toy Museum. If you are interested about evolution of Finnish toys from early 20th century you may like it just because it will bring back sweet memories but you better visit it if you have kids with you. I guess they will love to see the large collection of dolls, bears, toy cars, miniature railways, small soldiers etc

    I bought WeeGee ticket for 12euros, it covers EMMA, City Museum, Museum of Horology, Toy Museum and Helina Rautavaara museum. Free on Wednesday 18.00-20.00. Free entrance with Helsinki card.

    WeeGee is open daily except Monday.
    Tue, Thu, Fri 11-18.00, wed 11-20.00, weekends 11-17.00

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    Gallen-Kallela Studio Museum

    by Jarra Updated Apr 4, 2011

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    The Gallen-Kallela Museum

    Akseli Gallen-Kallela is the National artist of Finland. He was a leading figure of Finland`s golden age of the arts. Gallen-Kallela was a national cosmopolitan and a comprehensive reformer of the arts. The Studio Museum is a Jugendstil-inspired studio built by Gallen-Kallela in 1911-1913. At the present it is a museum. Studio is located in a scenic nature preserve on Laajalahti in the City of Espoo. There are large exhibitions of works by Akseli Gallen-Kallela. Paintings, graphics, applied art, stained glass, relief, posters and so on. There are also tools, artist`s equipments, photographs and collected objects from Paris and East Africa.

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    Enjoy Kivenlahti during winter

    by Emile72 Written Apr 23, 2009

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    During winter, when the ice is thick enough there are lots of opportunities to enjoy the outdoors in Kivenlahti, Espoo. You can go on the sea and walk, skate, cross country ski, ice fishing and even people drive on the sea with cars...

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    Museum cluster

    by nomadig Updated Mar 18, 2007

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    Main lobby of WeeGee

    WeeGee is a huge museum cluster located nearby Tapiola center, about ten kilometers from Helsinki downtown. The former printing house contains five museums, including Espoo Museum of Modern Art EMMA, a toy museum, a clock museum and a couple of others.

    The building is a sight itself, one of the best works from the 60s in Finland. It's made from concrete, but the superstructure of the building is so light and airy that the ceiling looks like hanging in middle of air. This effect combined with huge windows looking to a small forest makes you wonder that the building wasn't converted earlier.

    The biggest museum in the house is EMMA. The museum is currently (2007) the biggest art museum in Finland with floorspace over 5000 square meters. The permanent collection focuses on Finnish artists, but there are also some international flavours and the exhibitions are top-notch -- Malevich and his suprematism being the first when the museum opened the doors late 2006.

    The other museums are worth a stroll, and children love the toy museum and engineers love the clock museum. Others will probably feel entertained, too.

    There is also a small café and a bookstore on the ground floor, accessible also without tickets.

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    Nuuksio National Park in the winter

    by Gili_S Written Feb 28, 2007

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    The Nuuksio National Park is amazing place to see if you want to enjoy the Finnish wilderness without the need to travel too far. Yes, it is partly in Espoo city and you can go there with the local bus service.

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    "Glims" Farmstead Museum

    by croatia2006 Updated Feb 4, 2007

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    The buildings in the large yard area at Glims are in their original locations. I liked to go there when I was a child to see old houses and they often had some special events like puppet shows as well as demonstrations of working methods, musical performances,and story-telling.

    A basic exhibition and temporary exhibitions.

    Nice cafeteria as well.

    See photos e.g. here http://www.museoraitti.fi/index.asp?yv=2&av=193&kieli=

    I can recommend this especially for families - I myself visited "Glims" few times every summer during my childhood (should go there again, I shame how long time it is from my last visit)

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    "Tarvaspää": The Gallen-Kallela Museum

    by croatia2006 Updated Feb 4, 2007

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    I know, You see hardly nothing- Golden 70's

    Finland's national artist Akseli Gallen-Kallela (1865-1931) designed and built his studio and home at Tarvaspää near Helsinki in 1911-1913. Tarvaspää is now open to the public as the Gallen-Kallela Museum.

    The collections of the Gallen-Kallela Museum: paintings, drawings, graphics, sculpture, posters, photographs and works of applied art, in addition to his personal effects and documents. The museum also tells about Gallen-Kallela's colourful life and friends.

    As a Finnish person I find this museum very intresting. And I am sure, even You are not familiar with Gallen-Kallela work or history, You can still find museum enjoyable. I myself visited museum already as a child almost every year - both with my family and with school tours.

    There is also idyllic cafeteria in the wooden villa building opposite the museum. I even once took part in a wedding parties of our friend in that cafeteria.

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    Event: April Jazz every spring

    by croatia2006 Updated Jan 29, 2007

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    My first time was 1997 when i bought this cap!

    April Jazz Espoo 25.04. - 01.05.2007

    - It is organized already 20th time
    - Five days of international and Finnish jazz bands in different locations in Tapiola (restaurants, cultural building's concert halls and in "jazz tent")
    - Organizer: Espoo Big Band ry.

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    Bodom Lake

    by Gili_S Updated May 23, 2006

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    This lake is really in Espoo city, well, not exactly in the centre but it still belong to the city and you can swim here, fish here, canueing here, well, almost everything. It has very nice sand beach and a good place in the summer for picnic and family fun.

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    The oldest cafe in Espoo

    by Jarra Updated Nov 18, 2004

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    Bembole Cafe house

    The charming Bembole cafe house was built in 1737. Originally it was the farm`s mainbulding. Since 1938 it has worked as an eating cafe. Before that house has been used as school and as hospital. Nice meals and good cakes available in a reasonable price.Very popular so be prepared for waiting.

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    It all started 50 years ago..

    by Soili Updated Jul 23, 2004

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    Heikintori; Tapiola, Espoo

    The suburb Tapiola celebrated its 50th anniversary in 2003. Tapiola was designed by Mr Aarne Ervi, an architect, whose idea was that both the worker and the professor would have a beautiful place to live.
    There're many lawns in Tapiola, many flowers here and there - but the Garden City has developed rapidly.
    Its inhabitants haven't left the place, and nowadays the average age of them is 60+
    It'd be a good thing to hear more children laughing around here.
    IN the pictures you see some places very near the shopping area called Heikintori, one of the first shopping areas to have the shops under one roof.

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