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    Contemporary art at Kiasma

    by Zirpsis Written May 11, 2015

    This is the Contemporary Art Museum you must see if in Helsinki. Opened in 1998, even the building itself is a work of art.

    Opening hours 2015

    Tue 10–17
    Wed–Fri 10–20.30
    Sat 10–18
    Sun 10–17
    Mon closed

    Admission: Adults 12 €, under 18s free

    Kiasma Museum of Contemporary Art, Helsinki
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    Viva Sibelius!

    by Assenczo Updated Apr 26, 2015

    A monument dedicated to the most famous Finnish composer of all times, Johan Sibelius. Reminiscent of organ pipes, arranged on an open meadow, this modernist structure makes the onlooker anticipate some spontaneous chords to reverberate to the whimsical gusts of the healthy Helsinki wind. Alas, this is not the case. Still, the composition is interesting enough, set in a pleasant environment, stimulating some thoughts pro or con its means of expression and underlining the fact that intellectuals and artists should be national heroes too just like solders and politicians, even better since the former are less divisive.

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    Taidehalli aka Kunsthalle

    by gordonilla Written Jan 27, 2015

    The Taidehalli is the venue for a number of exhibitions each year - they tend to be interesting and in some instances unusual. They charge for entry, but you can get a reduction if you have a Helsinki Card and it is free if you are under 18 years.

    They have a reasonable shop, and a separately operated commercial café and restaurant.

    There are also events and musical recitals from time to time.

    Exterior Signage Interior (1) Interior (2) Part of the Exhibition

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    Didrichsen Art Museum

    by gordonilla Written Jan 27, 2015

    In the years I have visited Helsinki, I had never been to the Didrichsen Art Museum. However, I made an effort in January 2015 as they were exhibiting the works of Edvard Munch "The Dance of Life".

    It was a popular exhibition, and I waited in the queue for 55 minutes before getting into the building. Luckily it was not so cold, although the museum does sit on the edge of the waterside. It was frozen and there was a light wind.

    They have a permanent collection and show visiting exhibitions.

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    Sinebrychoffin Taidemuseo

    by gordonilla Updated Jan 25, 2015

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    Part of the Finnish National Gallery - the Sinebrychoff Art Musuem has a permanent collection and space for regular Finnish and international exhibitions.

    I have visited the museum a number of times and have found it relaxing. They have a fine collection of miniature portraits, there are a great many larger portraits too.

    They sometimes have concerts in the Empire salon - during my most recent visit there was a short concert of guitar music which was performed by three students from Metroplia.

    Exterior Interior (1) Interior (2) Interior (3) Ecce Homo

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    Korjaamo Culture Factory

    by gordonilla Written Jan 25, 2015

    This was a pleasant find; and although I have been to the Tram Museum previously this was the first time I had been to the wider complex. I made a visit to the Gallery and explored the current exhibitions.

    The facility has a mini-library and a restaurant. There is also meeting space and in fact during my visit they were preparing a large room for a political meeting.

    Exterior (1) Exterior (2) Interior (1) Interior (2) Reception and Library

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    Gallen-Kallela Museum

    by gordonilla Updated Jan 25, 2015

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    This is an excellent place to visit, if you are in anyway interested in the work of Akseli Gallen-Kallela. He was the national artist, was an ADC to Marshall Mannerheim and designed a great many of Finland's medals and other offical symbols at the request of the Marshal. He lived between 1865 - 1931.

    The museum was a home and studio for a number of years. It now exhibits his own work and is a venue for other connected and unrelated art exhibitions. The artist designed the building himself in an art noveau style The museum is closed on a Monday during the winter months.

    Winter Visit to the Museum Bronze Plaque of the man himself Design for entrance hall floor Studio Interior Gallery

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    The Kirpila Art Collection

    by gordonilla Updated Jan 25, 2015

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    The collection was recommended to me by one of my Finnish friends. It was created by a physician, Juhani Kirpila (1931 - 1989). It is located within his former home and it is made up of works of Finnish art and a small collection of Russian porcelain.

    After my first visit I wrote "My recollection of it was that there were many volunteer staff within the apartment and there is a guided tour which goes with your entry to the facility." - however on my recent visit there were very few staff and there was no tour. This was much more enjoyable as you could take time to look at the works on display. Each room had information sheets available in Finnish, Swedish and English.

    I found it an interesting diversion from the other musuems within the city. It has limited opening hours and these are Wednesday open between 14:00 and 18:00 then on Sunday from 12:00 to 16:00. It should be noted that admission is free.

    Exterior (6th floor windows are Kirpila) Front Door Signage The access bell Museum Door

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    Design Museum

    by gordonilla Updated Jan 25, 2015

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    The Design Museum has always been an enjoyable place to visit - interesting exhibitions highlighting both Finnish and International Design - old and new.

    There is a good shop selling many excellent design titles and exhibition guides and the like. There is also a reasonable café which always has a welcoming feel.

    There are summer and winter opening hours - the main difference being that over the winter months, the museum is closed on a Monday.

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    Virka Gallery

    by gordonilla Written Jan 25, 2015

    The gallery is in the Helsinki City Hall - there is the gallery which always seems to have interesting exhibits on show. In addition they have a virtual gallery which can be accessed via their website.

    During a recent visit they were showing the work of The Doll Artists of Finland Society and these were quiet interesting. There was an exhibit of the annual State Ball and the last few presidents were obvious and clear to me a non Finn.

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    The Presidential Palace

    by lina112 Written Aug 17, 2014

    The building, designed by Pehr Grandstedt, was completed in 1820 and, later, CL Engel adapted it to become residence of the Tsars. After independence, it has served as the official residence of the presidents. The current president, Sauli Niinistö, lies in Mäntyniemi, in the neighborhood of Meilahti. The palace is undergoing refurbishment and will not be visiting.

    El edificio, diseñado por Pehr Grandstedt, se completó en 1820 y, mas tarde, C.L. Engel lo reformó para convertirlo en residencia de los zares. Tras la independencia, ha sido despacho y residencia oficial de los presidentes. El actual presidente, Sauli Niinistö, reside en Mäntyniemi, en el barrio de Meilahti. El palacio está en fase de remodelación y no se podrá visitar.

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    St. Henrys Cathedral

    by lina112 Written Aug 17, 2014

    St. Henry's Cathedral is dedicated to Henry, Bishop of Uppsala. It was constructed between 1858–1860. The architecture of the church is Gothic Revival with statues of Saint Henry, Saint Peter and Saint Paul decorating the exterior. The church is the main Catholic church in Helsinki, and offers Mass in many languages.

    La Catedral de San Enrique, es la principal iglesia católica de la capital finlandesa y está dedicada a Enrique, obispo medieval de Upsala. Fue construida entre 1858 y 1860. El estilo arquitectónico empleado es el neogótico con estatuas de San Enrique, San Pedro y San Pablo Apóstol decorando el exterior.

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    Senate Square

    by lina112 Written Aug 16, 2014

    The neoclassical architectural heart of Helsinki dates from the first half of the nineteenth century and is Carl Ludvig Engel work, an architect born in Berlin also responsible for much of the architectural design of St. Petersburg. The square has appeared as a framework for spy movies of the Cold War as Gorky Park (1983), Reds (1981) and White Nights (1985). Among the buildings surrounding the square include Tuomiokirkko (Lutheran cathedral consecrated in 1852), the Government Palace and the University Library. In the center of the square's statue of Tsar Alexander II 1894 rises.

    El corazón arquitectónico neoclásico de Helsinki data de la primera mitad del siglo XIX y es obra de Carl Ludvig Engel, un arquitecto nacido en Berlín responsable también de gran parte del diseño arquitectónico de San Petersburgo. La plaza ha aparecido como marco para películas de espionaje de la Guerra Fría como Gorky Park (1983), Reds (1981) y White Nights (1985). Entre los edificios que rodean la plaza destacan Tuomiokirkko (una catedral luterana consagrada en 1852), el Palacio del Gobierno y la Biblioteca de la Universidad. En el centro de la plaza se levanta la estatua de 1894 del zar Alejandro II.

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    Sibelius monument

    by lina112 Written Aug 16, 2014

    The Sibelius Monument, erected in 1967, one of the main attractions of the city, is located in its namesake park in the district of Taka-Töölö. The artist Eila Hiltunen won the competition to design the monument for the multidimensionality of her work, which allows cross it inside and create sounds and echoes in their cavities.

    El monumento a Sibelius, erigido en 1967, uno de los principales atractivos de la ciudad, se encuentra en el parque homónimo, en el barrio de Taka-Töölö. La artista Eila Hiltunen ganó el concurso para realizar el monumento por la pluridimensionalidad de su obra, que permite recorrerla por dentro y crear sonidos y ecos en sus cavidades.

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    Central Station

    by lina112 Written Aug 16, 2014

    Designed by Eliel Saarinen, the railway station is one of the most famous architectural monuments of Finland. Its granite facade is an example of late Jungend style and statues that hold the lamps on both sides of the main entrance, are Emil Wikström. The station entered into service in 1919 A point of the tourist office and POS helsinki expert offer their services throughout the year.

    Diseñada por Eliel Saarinen, la estación de ferrocarril es uno de los monumentos arquitectónicos más famosos de Finlandia. Su fachada de granito es una muestra de estilo Jungend tardiío y las estatuas que sostienen los faroles, a ambos lados de la entrada principal, son de Emil Wikström. La estación entró en servicio en 1919. Un punto de la oficina de turismo y un punto de venta de helsinki expert ofrecen sus servicios durante todo el año

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There is lot to do in Helsinki. I love history, so my favourite places are Kansallismuseo (National museum), Seurasaari (outdoor museum with old houses) and Suomenlinna Island.

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