The Lenin Museum, Tampere

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Hämeenpuisto 28, FIN-33200 Tampere +358 3 276 8100

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    Lenin Museum

    by Airpunk Updated Apr 4, 2011

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    This museum has mixed reviews and I really can understand why. The collection of the museum mostly consists mainly of publications by Lenin made during his time in Finland. As these are in Finnish or Russian, it is difficult to judge their value. Photographs are used to highlight Lenin’s time in Finland when he was preparing the revolution. It was also in the room of today’s museum (which at that time was used by a worker’s union) where Lenin met a certain Joseph Vissarionovich Djugashwili for the first time. This guy later became his successor and was better known as “Stalin”. Other than these documents, pamphlets, pictures and books, there are some items related to the leader of the Russian Revolution: A couch where he slept on when he was in Tampere as well as some paintings and busts.
    Leaflets with explanations on all the items are available at the entrance (free to use, 0,50 EUR if you want to take it home). These are available in many languages, including English, Russian, German, French and Spanish. Unfortunately, as I said, they can not replace the knowledge of the respective language in which the documents are written. I would recommend it to anyone who has the motivation to read into the story of Lenin in Finland with help of the leaflet, anyone who speaks Finnish and/or Russian and of course anyone who is seriously interested in Lenin himself. To people who just drop by to see what the museum has or who just come because they think that Lenin is “kinda cool”, this place can be a disappointment.

    The Lenin Museum A bust of the revolution leader Outside of the museum Entrance hall of the building The couch and an example of socialistic realism
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  • The Lenin "Library"

    by voxlumania Updated Apr 4, 2011

    Not so much a museum as a library. Small, with only two rooms consisting of mostly glass cases with newspaper articles, newsletters, photos, etc. If you are looking for a true "museum" experience then don't bother coming here. However, if you want to learn some history behind Lenin and his travels in exile, it's worth a look. I was highly amused with some of the Russian propaganda postcards in the gift shop myself.

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    An austere but honest tribute to Lenin

    by brazwhazz Updated Apr 4, 2011

    Hard to believe, but Tampere is home to the world's only permanent Lenin Museum. It is an interesting (in every sense of the term) place to visit. It essentially consists of two rooms -- one devoted to Lenin's time in Finland (where he lived from 1905 to 1907) and the other to his (and socialism's) rise in Russia. The two rooms are full of artefacts from the early 20th century and give a good idea of the man's vision and struggles. One leaves the museum with a better understanding of the roots of the socialism/communism movement and the feeling that Lenin's ideas were terribly twisted by his successors.

    The museum is not for everyone -- looking at series of old photos and documents with nothing but a self-guided tour book as means of information can get tedious pretty fast. However, the gift shop is almost worth the detour in itself, with its weird assortment of souvenirs depicting Lenin. Reinforcing the stern atmosphere during our visit were 1) the fact that we were the only visitors and 2) the lone employee (who also sold us the entry tickets) seemed taken right out of the Soviet era.

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    Lenin-tastic...

    by kit_mc Updated Apr 4, 2011

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    Ok, this has to be one of the dullest museums I've ever been to, and I've been to a lot. I'm not quite sure what I'd expected, but even the gift shop was dull... The various Lenin and Communist memorabilia on sale would surely have had the old guy spinning in his mausoleum.

    The museum consists of two aisles of glass cases, with various photos and newspaper articles about, well, Lenin. Apparently he hung out in Finland for a couple of years, between various revolutionary events, agitating the masses. Or something. The most exciting artefact in there, amidst masses and masses of text in Finnish and Russian, was a sofa that he may have dozed on at some point.

    I was kind of interested in what he'd been up to in Finland before visiting, but after 15 minutes in this place I barely cared. An example of 'old style', 'educational' museums going horribly horribly wrong... Macabre, 'I've been to the only Lenin Museum in the world in a random city in the north' value only.

    The man himself!
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  • Exciting Irish play @ Lenin Museum on 11th Dec.'04

    by Rynagh Updated Apr 4, 2011

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    I Just wanted to let you know that we are coming to Tampere from Ireland to the Lenin Museum on Saturday 11th December at 4.30pm with the successful play KEEP COMING BACK. It would be good if you could come to see it and let others know it is on.
    Stray Dog Productions Dublin presents
    "Keep Coming Back"

    Written and directed by Rynagh O’Grady
    Cast: Rynagh O’Grady, Dara Clear, Feidlim Cannon.

    Latvia, Estonia, Russia, Finland and Germany
    November to December 2004

    Nominated for A Fringe First Award in Edinburgh 2003 where they received 4 star reviews.

    Carries a veracity and conviction in performance of real power...the cast are superb
    THE SCOTSMAN

    She has presented us with a gem of Irish theatre...flawless ISSUES Magazine

    Classy acting makes these testimonies harrowingly real and sometimes very funny
    THREEWEEKS Magazine

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    Keep Coming Back is a story of contemporary Ireland, our history, our culture and a record of our own legacy. The production is a candid portrayal of aspects of life in Ireland today, which are relevant on all levels of family and community life as well as posing serious questions for the State. The piece has been written using first-hand experience of people just like Les, Nora and Colm, people who live beside us, whose lives and experiences most of us will never know.

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    " Keep coming Back is theatre of testimony, based on true experiences that were shared with us. It is a celebration of recovery, the stories of survivors that take your breath away, people who have turned their lives around, and are genuine heroes. "RYNAGH O'GRADY, AUTHOR/DIRECTOR/ACTOR

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    Lenin Museum

    by fipsi Updated Apr 4, 2011

    Lenin Museum really is a curiosity. When I arrived I expected some anti-communism-museum, but it turned out to be the complete opposite.

    The first you see is a bigger-than-life statue of Lenin who has a special relationship to the worker's town Tampere.

    The initiative to establish the Lenin museum originated from the people of the city of Tampere. As early as the in the 1920s the students in the workers' institute discovered they were studying in the same Workers' Hall where Lenin had pledged to a delegation of townspeople to further the cause Finnish independence. In the same building Lenin and Stalin met for the first time in 1905. (found on the museum's homepage)

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    Lenin Museum

    by kindretspiri Written Sep 12, 2002

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    Here you will find information about Lenin and how the leader of Russian revolution lived before Soviet Union.

    Two permanent exhibitions, Lenin's life and Lenin and Finland.

    The museum is open from 9.00 a.m. to 6.00 p.m. on weekdays, and from 11.00 a.m. to 4.00 p.m. on weekends. These hours can be extended upon agreement. Admission is 20 FIM for adults, and 10 FIM for children and students.

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    The Lenin museum

    by pinganille Written Sep 8, 2002

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    A small museum and yet so full of details that you easily spend an hour there! It is full of furniture, pictures, diaries and other belongings from Lenins life in Finland. Even if I'm any particular fan of the man - at all - I found this museum very interesting as not a bit from his life, in Finland as well as Russia, is left out.

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    LENIN MUSEOLenin...

    by Herttuli Written Aug 26, 2002

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    LENIN MUSEO
    Lenin Museum
    Hämeenpuisto 28, 3rd floor
    Tel. (03) 276 8100, fax (03) 276 8121
    E-mail: Lenin@sci.fi
    The hall where Russian revolutionists headed by Lenin met in 1905 and 1906. Material on Lenin and the history of the Russian revolution as well as Lenin's links with Finland and changing exhibitions.
    Open
    Monday to Friday 9.00 - 18.00 and Saturday to Sunday 11.00 - 16.00

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    Lenin-Museum

    by katlau Updated Aug 24, 2002

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    People come to see this museum from all over the world! It´s one of a kind. It is the only normally operating Lenin-museum in the world!

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