The group of islands that form Suomenlinna Fortress is one of Helsinki’s most popular destinations. Suomenlinna is easily accessible by ferry from Helsinki harbor, and the ride takes less than 15 minutes. In addition to being enlisted in UNESCO’s World Heritage List as a unique monument of military architecture, there are two other good reasons for visiting.
The first is the ferry ride itself. Kids would love watching the seagulls sky-diving, while the parents admire Helsinki’s classical facade.
The second is Suomenlinna’s little secret: a Toy Museum, with a brilliant collection. Its oldest items date from the beginning of the 19th century, while the newest ones are from the 1960’s. Even more impressive is the exhibition catalogue telling fascinating stories about the toys on display.
A Toy Museum’s collection wouldn’t be complete without the most famous mouse couple in the world: Mickey and Mini.
And since we are in Finland, there is also a complete collection of the famous Tove Jansson‘s Moomin characters.
America’s Little Darling has a special place at the Suomenlinna Toy Museum and in the hearts of many mature “kids”.
The museum’s shop sells mainly vintage toys, teddy bears and cool postcards.
We were just about to leave, when I noticed the chocolate cake at the museum’s little café. How could I possible say no?
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