Kurssi farmstead under shady trees
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 Kurssi farmstead
The main living room located at one end of the farmhouse was the center of daily life. It was there that food was prepared, bread was baked, and the family ate and slept. The master and mistress of the house slept in their own separate bedroom. The large room at the other end of the building contained looms for summer weaving and is adjoined by an unheated food storeroom. Upstairs, in the daughter’s attic quarters, the retired couple lived as a separate economic unit. The loft’s downstairs quarters were occupied by the master’s brother during summers. The daughter’s loft, with its display of textiles, is located upstairs.
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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BeBeHooker (0) 2009-04-15 2:15
Hi George from Budapest!
Very mysterious red house. Fantastic light and shadows. Good contrast and sharp.
ophelcia (0) 2009-04-15 2:38
I really like the way how you show Finland:) Thanks for the note as well:)
Such houses are shown in open air museums but if you go to the north it's quite obvious that all the houses have the same colour:)
vasilpro (40861) 2009-04-15 2:52
Nice red house, nice green place, nice shady trees.
Have a nice day, Vasilis.
snunney (79973) 2009-04-15 3:56
Looks a very pleasant place to live if it weren't in a museum. Very pleasing capture under a good light. Very nice shadow play combined with good colours. Fine clarity.
paura (47166) 2009-04-15 4:34
A charm place taken from an excellent point of view. Well done, friend.
amaryllis (33602) 2009-04-15 5:40
une petite maison bien sympathique qui nous incite à faire un détour, je ne vois pas l'intérieur mais je peux imaginer qu'il doit y faire bon vivre au milieu de tout ce que tu as décrit dans ta note
belle lumière et belle composition
COSTANTINO (51974) 2009-04-15 5:59
beautiful picture of this interesting museum
under the shady trees.
A very pleasant place to live if it wasn't a museum.
ymrk (14955) 2009-04-15 7:46
Beautiful green tones and lovely house in this place...Very attractive details,
Have a nice week,take care my friend!
jonathan_hart (21274) 2009-04-15 9:19
very cute place
few more gamma to the shady areas could be good to improve, well just a suggestion, as my screen is very bright, i can see some details in this dark area like the entrance
optimal framing, nice colors
Photo65Net (43120) 2009-04-15 9:40
Nice image from the woods.
I like your contrast control.
Have a nice day,
TGULUMSER (13252) 2009-04-15 10:00
Nice farm view with a peaceful atmophere,
rey316 (16) 2009-04-15 10:12
I remember those typical red houses.
Beautiful colors and light of the sun
azaf1 (15929) 2009-04-15 13:28
Very nice capture of the museum. I like the red it has and the good framing. Your note is very detailed and informative, too
dareco (17134) 2009-04-15 20:55
A beautiful building and I like the lighting and shadows. A very cozy looking place. TFS
ktanska (24270) 2009-04-16 2:57
Typical old Finnish farmhouse surrounded by birch trees. Well presented though patchy light with shadows make contrasts hard.
Another place I should revisit. You rarely get to do tourist stuff near your own neighbourhood.
pablominto (53744) 2009-04-16 22:46
This is a typical and picturesque scene, that could occur anywhere in the Nordic countries!
The red house stands out well in the greenery, build in a style common during all of 1800s...
Well composed presentation with good details!
- 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, 1/1000 seconds
- More Photo Info: view
- Photo Version: Original Version
- Theme(s): Discovery of Helsinki [view contributor(s)]
- Date Submitted: 2009-04-15 2:11