The Finnish Aviation Museum is a short walk from the airport in the futuristically sounding Aviapolis area. What started out as a small collection in an airport corridor has now grown, thanks to the hard work of volunteers, into a professional and fascinating museum, a must for anyone interested in aircraft, Finnish history or great engineering. As well as the impressive main collection there are also three flight simulators for an even more memorable day out.
Text : Henry Loveless | Photos : Aviation Museum
The museum is in the Vantaa area of Helsinki, close to the airport. The easiest way to arrive is by train from the city centre. From the central station take either the I or P train to the Aviapolis station and then follow the signs to the museum, look out for the shiny twin-engine plane next to the museum entrance.
The main collection is divided between two hangars packed like a grandparent’s attic, full of both military and commercial aeroplanes, helicopters, recovered fighter engines, beautifully hand-carved wooden propellers and many other fascinating items connected with Finland and flying. One of the nicest things about the museum is its hands-on nature and though the hangars can be chilly in winter (take warm clothing), the cold is soon forgotten as you begin to explore the impressive collection, climbing in and out of authentic wartime cockpits, boarding a 1953 passenger plane, walking along its aisle and trying out the surprisingly comfy seats.