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18.07.2020

Mannerheim Museum, Helsinki

Mannerheim Museum is located in Helsinki, Finland. It is dedicated to the preservation and exhibition of objects related to the life and time of Carl Gustav Emil Mannerheim, Finnish statesman and military leader. The Mannerheim Museum is located on a hilltop in a prestigious residential area near the Kaivopuisto Park in Helsinki. The building was the home of Mannerheim from 1924 to 1951. With the exception of a few rooms that were converted for exhibition purposes, his house has been preserved in its original condition.

The building was originally built in 1874 and became known as the "Bomenska Villa", in honour of its first owner. It was Mannerheim's house from 1924 until his death in 1951, although he never actually owned it, but rented it from industrialist Karl Fazer. Before it was rented, the villa was divided into six separate apartments for Fazer's chocolate factory workers and Mannerheim had to make significant changes before he could move into it. He attached great importance to his house, which was reflected in the interiors he had designed himself, right down to the colour scheme and furniture layout. After Mannerheim died in 1951, the Mannerheim Foundation continued to rent the house from the Phaser family. In 1957, the house was bought out by the foundation and turned into a museum.

The museum is a mixture of original furniture from the early 1940s and additional materials brought in to illustrate Mannerheim's life and the historical context of this period. Among the remarkable exhibits is an extensive collection of medals and other awards that Mannerheim has received from many countries. Also on display are his numerous hunting trophies, a collection of books, gifts and portraits of his ancestors. The bedroom of Mannerheim, which has been preserved in its original state, shows the Spartan conditions in which he preferred to sleep. The museum also has an extensive archive of photographs.

The museum welcomes around 10,000 visitors per year. The entrance fee also includes a guided tour and a visit to the museum is impossible without a guide. This is due to the fact that the rooms are actually quite small and filled with delicate exhibits. The tours are in Finnish, Swedish, English, German, French, Russian and Spanish.

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