Seurasaari is the only open-air museum in Helsinki. The island has been a favourite recreational destination for Helsinki residents since the 1880s, when townspeople arrived by boat to enjoy picnics with their families. In addition to the museum and swimming beach, the island houses a restaurant that was renovated in 2007. The easiest way to get to Seurasaari is by taking bus number 24. Visitors should also visit the neighbouring Urho Kekkonen Museum (Tamminiemi) located beside the bridge leading to the island.
The white wooden bridge
The white wooden bridge leading to Seurasaari was originally built in 1891-1892 from woods fallen during the autumn storms. The bridge was renewed in the beginning of the 1970's. This was done strictly by the original drawings, only they made it slightly wider since it was discovered that there remained only one fire truck able to drive through the then-very narrow bridge.
The Open-Air Museum
The open-air museum of Seurasaari is located on a beautiful green island just a few kilometres from the heart of Helsinki. The island is a tranquil oasis in the midst of the city and at the museum the traditional Finnish way of life is displayed in the cottages, farmsteads and manors of the past four centuries that have been relocated from all around Finland.
Seurasaari Open-Air Museum was founded in 1909. All the different provinces of Finland are represented in the well preserved old buildings and they give an overall view of Finnish countryside life from the 18th to the 20th century. At present, there are 87 separate buildings at Seurasaari Museum.
The Niemelä tenant farm from Central Finland and the Antti farmstead from southwestern Finland form complete environments with all of the original outbuildings intact. The life of the rural gentry is illustrated by the wooden church from Karuna (1686), the Kahiluoto Manor House from south-western Finland and the parsonage from Iisalmi.
The museum also includes a country shop and several farmhouses and smaller cottages such as the Kurssi and Ivars houses from Ostrobothnia, the Selkämä house from eastern Finland, the Halla house from northeastern Finland, and the Pertinotsa house from Karelia. (Source:visithelsinki.fi & seurasaarisaatio.fi)
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ophelcia (0) 2009-04-14 0:52
Great capture of the white bridge, I walked over it a few times, but never had time to take a photo (I'm a guide, always with 40 tourists behind)
The people standing there make the shot more vivid,
AiresSantos (56155) 2009-04-14 0:54
Fine view of Seurasaari a beautiful open-air museum in Helsinki.
Excellent colours and perspective but I think there are some over-exposed areas
Very good photojob
pablominto (53746) 2009-04-14 0:56
Effective lead-in by this lovely walking bridge!
Pleasant composition with fine details, and the rich colours are well reproduced...
The point of view works well in producing the desired dynamic diagonals!
dip (23888) 2009-04-14 1:09
nice shot with excellent clarity and amazing lighting,
I also like the point of view and the perspective,
besnard (56575) 2009-04-14 1:14
Une bonne prise de ce pont bien cadré et à l'architecture intéressante. Celà sent bon les vacances.
Je te souhaite une bonne journée.
mikolaj_kawa (0) 2009-04-14 1:42
Hello George! Very interesting wooden bridge. Nice perspective. Very nice light and colours. Good focus, very good sharp. Well done!
dta (79070) 2009-04-14 2:49
Hello George ,
Perfectly framed , with excellent diagonals . A sunny and summerly composition . And an interesting building , too .
TopGeo (38216) 2009-04-14 3:08
Hello George, Great capture of the white bridge, Excellent colours and perspective Excellent this moment of view works well in producing the desired dynamic diagonals look depth in green nature and BG blue sky! Good frame, very good sharpness. Well done!
Photo65Net (43120) 2009-04-14 3:34
Superb perspective and brightness here.
I like the result, fine one,
Have a nice day,
asajernigan (21427) 2009-04-14 3:35
Nice composition using the white bridge as a lead in for the shot. The angle of the shot is nice giving the shot depth and direction. The lighting and colors are great with excellent sharpness and detail. The people add a nice sense of scale for the shot.
lousat (92848) 2009-04-14 3:40
Hi George,every day a little and differetn surprise from your finnish trip,very interesting place taken very perfectly,i like a lot your point of view and the always warms colors.You was lucky..a lot of sun as i can see..ehhee...have a nice day,Luciano
snunney (100698) 2009-04-14 3:51
A lovely summery atmosphere to this fine composition. I like the diagonal perspective and tonal contrasts; the people stood on the bridge contribute much to the mood. Very pleasing image, thanks for sharing.
hispic (9652) 2009-04-14 6:49
Beautiful brilliant summer image from Suomi! Luminous whites of the bridge and deep blacks of the forest, vivid green enriches our feelings. Pleasant image indeed.
dareco (17134) 2009-04-14 8:07
This bridge is so cute!! An interesting place. Very good pov and a nice daily life capture. TFS
saxo042 (37898) 2009-04-14 9:11
A picture that is taken from the perfect point to show a perfect perspective. A well composed and balanced photo with good colours and an interesting note!
ymrk (15079) 2009-04-14 9:20
The beautiful way of the bridge and warm daily life scene in here...
Original work,splendid sharpen!
npecanhuk (75592) 2009-04-14 10:03
Very good pov, simple but effective composition, excellent sharpness and exposure!
The picture is pretty nice and truly pleases me!
TFS - Congratulations!
rey316 (24) 2009-04-14 11:37
What are the colors.! What heaven!
What is the architecture of this bridge.
Wandering_Dan (3449) 2009-04-14 20:59
Hi, George -
A lovely peaceful scene, and something to look forward to; summer's just around the corner. Amazing that you get to this kind of country via a city bus.
jjcordier (79297) 2009-04-14 23:14
Très jolie composition aux superbes couleurs sous cette belle lumière froide finlandaise.
serp2000 (44574) 2009-04-15 7:53
Excellent colours, fine POV, great composed. Lovely place! Fine summer shot! TFS!
- Copyright: George Rumpler (Budapestman) (82620)
- Genre: Places
- Medium: Color
- Date Taken: 2005-08-20
- Categories: Daily Life, Nature, Architecture
- Camera: Canon Ixus 50
- Exposure: f/5.6, 1/800 seconds
- More Photo Info: view
- Photo Version: Original Version
- Theme(s): Discovery of Helsinki [view contributor(s)]
- Date Submitted: 2009-04-14 0:49