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Parliament and National Museum

North along Mannerheimintie past the train station and the Kiasma museum is the multi-columned and rather solemn 1931-era Parliament Building. There’s more information on the parliament from the attached visitor centre. North of here is the National Museum, its design drawing on the country’s medieval churches and granite castles. The exhibits, from prehistory to the present, are exhaustive; concentrate on a few specific sections, such as the fascinating medieval church art and the ethnographic displays.