After all the weeks of rainy, gray, dark days the sun is here. Still no snow ? ! We have had sunny days since last Sunday. Also on Tuesday when we visited the Museum of Technology it was a wonderful sunny day. The museum is situated on a small island. The Vantaa River rapids running on both sides of the island. After all the raining there was a lot of water in the river roaring down the rapids. My husband has visited the museum a couple of times during the years. This was my first visit. It was nice and interesting.
Yesterday we visited the Finnish Railway Museum where was held open day. Free of entrance. It was very nice and interesting. The old steam locomotives are huge, impressive and beautiful. In the end of the 1950’s I went to school by train. Those steam locomotives were much smaller. But they only needed to pull a couple of wagons.
Below text is from their leaflet.
‘‘The Finnish Railway Museum, a national collection specializing in rail transport, is situated at Hyvinkää, about sixty kilometres from Helsinki. The museum presents the history of Finnish railways within the pleasing and authentic railway setting of the station and engine shed of the former Hyvinkää-Hanko Railway, a private line built in the 1870s. The permanent exhibition, concentrating on rail travel, locomotive and rolling stock development, and railway occupations, is spread out in the various buildings within the museum grounds. The buildings include three exhibition halls, engine roundhouse, station building and railwaymen’s barracks.”
Seurasaari/Fölisön is an open-air museum which celebrates its 110th anniversary this year. There are many old buildings transported to there from all around Finland. There are coffee shops, a museum shop and a church. There are held different events during the year. Workshops, events for children and Midsummer bonfire. Yesterday there was a crafts market. I can’t believe it’s 35 years since last time we visited the island.
After Seurasaari we went to visit Tamminiemi/Villa Ekudden which is situated close to Seurasaari. It was the residence of Finland’s presidents from 1940 – 1981. It became the Urho Kekkonen museum in 1987. He was the last president to live there. It was on our list of places to visit for many, many years. My husband have visited it a couple of times before but, yesterday was my first.
Yesterday we visited the Sinebrychoff Art Museum where is held the exhibition Heavenly Colours – Blue and Gold. It is opened on March 28 and is open till August 25 this year. It was very nice. Here are some photos.
Lake View 1901 /Akseli Gallen-Kallela Table Clock 1760’sStill Life with Blue Figurines / Alfred William FinchWilho Sjöström /Professor J.J. Tikkanen 1913Louise Ulrika, Queen of Sweden 1770’sKing Charles XI of Sweden / David Klöckner Ehrenstrahl
My husband has been talking about visiting the Weird Antiques for months. Yesterday we were there. A lot of stuff ! Old, cool, weird, second hand, vintage, movies, music . . . But, I didn’t shoot any of the weird stuff.
We noticed that the Lotta Museum is not far away. As we had planned to at some point go there, we thought it wise to do it right away. It was very interesting. Lot a nice old photos and old things. It hit us, we probably, after all, are a bit old. As so many things used in the 30’s and 40’s still were in use when we were kids.
As I mentioned, in my previous post, I would together with a friend, go to visit the František Kupka exhibition on Tuesday. The exhibition contained a total of 150 works + the 52 minute long documentary/biography film. We liked both the film and the exhibition very much. We stayed there for about 2,5 hour and ended the visit with a cup of coffee and a sweet bun. Thank you my friend for a nice day.
Just a few snapshots.
What is better a way than to end the visit with a cup of coffee and a sweet bun.
Because my husband needed to go to Helsinki to take care of some errands I said, I will come too (we went by car). I’d like to just stroll around a bit. It’s such a nice day. Sunshine. Not too cold. Only -3 C. No wind. When I walked by the central station I noticed the lamp holders. They have beautiful flower garlands on their heads. Neither of us couldn’t figure out why. So, I googled on the net. I found it. It’s the 100 years anniversary of the station. It was opened on March 5th 1919.
Also tomorrow he is attending a meeting in Helsinki and I will go with him. While his in the meeting I am going, with a friend, to visit the Ateneum Art Museum where is held František Kupka art exhibition.
Last Saturday the line to the new Amos Rex Art Museum was very long. As it was raining and we already were soaking wet we decided to postpone our visit there. On Wednesday the weather was great and went to visited it. The line was much shorter but still it took us 30 minutes in line.
This is what it says about it on Wikipedia:
“Massles, the first exhibition at the Amos Rex museum, is made by the Japanese collective teamLab. It consists of an immersive interactive art exhibition rich of colours and leaded by creativity. The viewers are encouraged to interact and explore with the surroundings giving rise to different results.”
It was different, interesting. Visitor’s drawings of crocodiles, lizards, butterflies, parrots, flowers flying, crawling, mowing, floating around all over.
A few snapshots at the The Helsinki International Christmas Market on the way to the car.
From the Old Library, Culture House it was a short walk to Vapriikki Museum Centre where the “Marilyn – A Women Behind Her Roles” exhibition is held 8.6.-2.12.2018. The main reason for our visit to Tampere. “The exhibition has over 300 of Marilyn’s personal items on display – including famous garments,shoes, makeup, jewellery, photos” We took a guided, almost one hour, tour. It was interesting and enlightening. After the tour we also visited the Mineral Museum where you can find colorful stones and minerals. At the vintage-market I saw many beautiful things. But, I’m glad i didn’t by anything. I already have too much of stuff at home. Before heading back home we went to an Italian Restaurant, Trattoria Tammerin puisto. My pizza was so delicious.