The Helsinki Civil Defence Museum

The civic defence shelter, which was built in Kruununhaka during the Second World War, is home to the Civic Defence Museum where visitors are able to relive the bombardment of Helsinki and to gain information on the past and present of civic defence.
The exhibition also includes a home from the Continuation War (1941–1944), showcasing the domestic defence with its tinted windows. Visitors are also able to visit the bomb shelter and experience the dramatic soundscape of dropping bombs and collapsing buildings. 
The museum displays how radiation permeates different materials. The museum also teaches visitors the correct amount of dry goods each home should have in case of an emergency.
The comprehensive exhibition also provides current information regarding civic defence. The museum office sells safety equipment and provides additional information regarding training organised by Helsingin Väestönsuojeluyhdistys ry (Helsinki Civic Defence Association).

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Museum info

Siltavuorenranta 16 B, 00170 Helsinki
Civil Defence Association of Helsinki +358 40 722 8120 City of Helsinki Rescue Department +358 9 310 1651 (exchange, open weekdays 8.15 am to 16 pm)
Opening hours
September–May Sat 10 am–2 pm And by Appointment
Entrance fee
Free entry
By Appointment
Service languages