Learn about naval history at the UNESCO World Heritage Site, Suomenlinna Sea Fortress Island

Suomenlinna Sea Fortress Island, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, is one of Helsinki's most historic attractions, situated on a group of islands off Helsinki. Dating back to 1748, during the Swedish era, visitors can explore the museums and enjoy a guided tour to learn more about this important stronghold and its heritage with the Helsinki Card.

Highlights:

  • World Heritage Site
  • Guided tour of Suomenlinna main sights
  • Suomenlinna Museum
  • Ehrensvärd Museum
  • Military Museum’s Manege
  • Submarine Vesikko
  • Suomenlinna Toy Museum

Did you know:

  • Suomenlinna Fortress has served in the defense of three realms: Sweden, Russia and Finland
  • Suomenlinna was originally named Sveaborg or Viapori in Finnish
  • The peak year of inhabitants on Suomenlinna was 1952, when the population of Suomenlinna reached a total of 1,649

Things to see:

Guided Tour of Suomenlinna

Enjoy a free guided tour of the main sights of the fortress, stepping back in time to learn about life three centuries ago. You'll be taken around the main sights, barracks, museums and the submarine, to get a complete view of this historic island and its past. Tours last 1 hour.

Opening Hours
7.1.–28.5. & 2.9.–31.12. in English Sat & Sun at 13.30 (not on 24.-25.12.)
1.6.– 31.8. in English daily at 11,00 12.30, 14.30 | på svenska varje dag kl 12.00
1.7.-31.8. in Chinese Mon-Fri at 11.30
7.1.–28.5. & 2.9.–31.12. in English Sat & Sun at 13.30 (not on 24.-25.12.)
1.6.– 31.8. in English daily at 11,00 12.30, 14.30 | på svenska varje dag kl 12.00
1.7.-31.8. in Chinese Mon-Fri at 11.30
Closed: 1.5

Suomenlinna Museum

This fascinating museum unveils the history of Suomenlinna naval fortress from the 18th century to the present day, through the Swedish, Russian and Finnish eras. Learn about life in the naval base, from the living conditions of the families who were brought there during the 17th - 19th centuries, to the struggles of the Civil War and life thereafter, as well as the important role the island had to play in naval defence Visitors can enjoy a range of exhibitions, including a short-film, Suomenlinna Experience, which brings to life the history of Suomenlinna fortress.

Opening Hours
2.1.– 30.4. Mon–Sun 10.30–16.30
2.5.– 30.9. Mon–Sun 10.00–18.00
1.10.–31.12. Mon–Sun 10.30–16.30
Closed 1.1., 14.4., 1.5., 6.12. and 24.-25.12.

Ehrensvärd Museum

The Ehrensvärd Museum will give you a unique insight into 18th-century living in Suomelinna fortress island. Its stunning 18th century décor has been preserved to give you a look into how some of the upper class lived. Walls are adorned with Indian ink drawings, by Augustin Ehrensvärd, oil paintings by Elias Martin, as well as other collectables and curious objects of maritime history.

Opening Hours
6.5.–31.5. Mon–Sun 10–16
1.6.–31.8. Mon–Sun 10–17
1.–24.9. Mon–Sun 11–16

Military Museum

The Manege was originally used as a storeroom for artillery at the Suomenlinna fortress in the 18th century, so the buiding itself as a story of its own. Now, as a museum, its exhibition, From Autonomy to Atalanta, focusses on the history of Finland’s defence forces and soldiers, as well as wars involving Finland from the 17th century to the present day. Visitors can learn through the objects (including the Submarine Vesikko) and displays about the weapons and wars throughout the displays.

Opening Hours
2.1.–31.10. Mon-Sun 11–18

Submarine Vesikko

Climb on board the historic Submarine Vesikko to get a sense of what cramped and crowded life was like on board this submarine when it operated in the Finnish navy during the wars of 1939-44. Having undergone significant restoration, it's one of the museum's most impressive historic artefacts that you can experience.

Opening Hours
8.5.–1.10. Mon-Sun 11–18

How to get there:

- Boat from Market Square (Kauppatori)

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Address:

Suomenlinna, Helsinki

Telephone:

+358 (0)9 6841850