- The National Museum of Finland was designed by Herman Geselius, Armas Lindgren and Eliel Saarinen. The museum is one of the proudest pieces of the Finnish Art Nouveau movement. The castle-like building was completed in 1906 after which it has been one of the landmarks of the city, known for its tall tower and the Emil Wikström sculpture Bear that stands guard at the main entrance. The building's courtyard and the surrounding walls form a nice addition to the structure. The National Museum's comprehensive collections spread out over four floors and about 3200 square meters (34,444 square feet). They show the development of Finland from as far back as prehistory. The exhibitions are historical and encompass archaeology, culture and sociology. Even if you go no further than the main entrance hall you will be amazed. The ceiling is decorated by Kalevala- inspired frescos made by famous artist Akseli Gallen-Kallela. He originally painted them for the Paris World Fair held at the beginning of the twentieth century. The street between the National Museum and the Parliament Building has numerous statues that represent Finnish presidents and other notable people. In addition to the permanent exhibition, various special exhibitions are arranged in the museum.
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