North of Kiasma is the National Museum (Tues–Sun 11am–6pm; €8), 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. The highlight could just be by the ticket desk anyway: glance up for fabulous vivid murals based on Finland’s fabled national epic poem, the Kalevala (which inspired Tolkien’s Lord of the Rings).

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