The Infantry Museum

featured1The Infantry Museum was founded in 1982. The task of the museum, maintained by the Infantry Foundation, is to collect, store, examine and put on display military material which has belonged to the infantry. The exhibits are either donations made by private individuals, or articles lent by the War Museum. Donations continue to be accepted by the Museum.

The Museum is housed in two wooden barracks built in the 19th century. The exhibition area covers some 2 000 m2, and the items on display include 70 different military uniforms, 120 hand guns, 20 machine and light machine guns, 20 mortars and guns, and plenty of other military equipment. The exhibition is supplemented by a large collection of photos, also in colour, and scale models depicting the battles of Tuulos and Ihantala.
The exhibition in the main building puts on displays of Finnish history during the period of independence, with special emphasis on the role played by the infantry. The exhibits depict our army preparing itself for war, events during the various wars in Finland, and developments since the Second World War.

The museum also has photographs of the 159 soldiers in the infantry who have received the Mannerheim Cross, and a book giving the reasons why they were awarded the medal. Distinguished Finnish and foreign medals, such as Mannerheim Crosses of the 1st and 2nd class, are also on display.

The other building houses a rotating exhibitions. The most current ones are Treasures of Trench War - military crafts from Continuation War 1941-44 and Finnish peacekeepers. The exhibition in the  building features military tradition in Savo and the history of garrison canteen female staff. Exhibits range form a late 18th century gun to military uniforms used in Finland during the past three centuries. The museum tells the story of a soldier's life both on the battle field and on peace-time garrisons and training grounds. There is also a section depicting the actions of the Civil Guard Boys during the Continuation War.

Handouts are available for visitors to browse through during their visit. The leaflet is also available in Swedish, English, and Russian. Guided tours are arranged by order for both small and large groups. Guides are available not only in Finnish and Swedish, but also in English and German. There is also a small gift shop which sells surplus military material, pins and postcards with military themes.

During weeks 33-35 2017 The museum organizes guided tours through the basic exhibition in English on Fridays 18th and 25th AUG and 1st SEP. The guidance will start at 1 PM and it takes about one hour.