Take a tour of Finland’s military history from the 17th century to the present day at the Military Museum's Manege, housed in a former artillery storehouse at Suomenlinna fortress. Inside, the main exhibition ‘From Autonomy to Atalanta’ offers a fascinating insight into the Finnish defense forces, Finland’s WWI history, and the life of a Finnish soldier.
Highlights include an impressive collection of military uniforms, historic weapons and other equipment; artillery including 16th-century field canyons and a modern army tank; and some more unusual exhibits including a Soviet T-46 torpedo, a Somali pirate boat, and a torpedo tube from a Finnish S2-torpedo boat.
The Military Museum's Manege is located in the Suomenlinna fortress on Suomenlinna island and is only accessible by water. Regular ferries and waterbuses run from the Market Square in Helsinki and take around 20 minutes.
The museum is open daily from 10am to 6pm, but opening hours can vary during the winter months – check the website for the full schedule. Adult admission is 7€ or free with the Helsinki Card.