Step back into 18th century Finland at the Ehrensvärd Museum, housed in the original Commander’s House of the Suomenlinna fortress. Named after castle founder and former occupant, Augustin Ehrensvärd, the museum offers a fascinating insight into the era.
Inside, visitors can explore the many rooms, decorated in period style and adorned with historic art, personal items, and other curiosities. Highlights include oil paintings of Suomenlinna dating back to the 1760s; scale models of the archipelago’s naval fleet; an impressive weapons collection; and some exquisite Gustavian furniture.
The Ehrensvärd Museum is located in the Suomenlinna fortress on Suomenlinna Island and is only accessible by water. Regular ferries and waterbuses run from the Market Square in Helsinki and take around 20 minutes.
The museum is open daily from 10am to 6pm, but opening hours can vary during the winter months – check the website for the full schedule. Adult admission is 5€ or free with the Helsinki Card.