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The gems of Finnish aviation history in Vantaa

Location: Vantaa, Finland

Duration: 1 day

Sites: Aerola terraced houses in Vantaa, Aviation Museum

Available: All year

Accommodation: Not included

Transportation: Not included

Themes: Aalto homes, Museums

From 10 € per person

During this day trip you will learn about the history of Finnish aviation and get to admire a special Alvar Aalto destination in Vantaa.

Tour highlights:

  • Aviation Museum
  • Aerola terraced houses

During this day tour you will learn about the history of Finnish aviation and get to admire a special Aalto destination in Vantaa. The Aviation Museum offers a lot to see and experience for both aviation enthusiasts and novices, and is ideal for a family trip. The museum displays approximately 70 aircrafts from different eras, as well as many other aviation-related artefacts such as engines and scale models. Visitors can get acquainted with travel, hobby and military Finnish aviation by touring the two large permanent exhibition halls and a third hall for changing exhibitions.

The architecturally significant terraced house complex Aerola, designed by Alvar Aalto, is also located in Vantaa, within the Veromies neighbourhood, and it is strongly linked to the history of the Helsinki-Vantaa Airport. The terraced houses were designed as apartments for the employees of Finnair’s predecessor Aero Oy, and they were built on Pyhtäänkorventie street during 1953–1955. Aerola’s terraced houses are also the only buildings designed by Aalto that are situated in Vantaa, and they are a valuable part of the city’s cultural heritage.

The Aerola terraced houses are placed on a slope. Photo: Elina Liukkonen, Alvar Aalto Foundation

The Aviation Museum displays approximately 70 aircrafts from different eras. Photo: Aviation Museum

Aerola’s terraced houses are the only buildings designed by Aalto that are situated in Vantaa, and they are a valuable part of the city’s cultural heritage.
The exhibition hall, Finnish Aviation Museum Vantaa
It is also possible to peek inside some of the planes on display in the Aviation Museum! Photo: Aviation Museum
The Finnish Aviation Museum
The Aviation Museum's café-restaurant is open every day during the museum's opening hours. Photo: Aviation Museum
Suomen Ilmailumuseon museokauppa, Vantaa
You can find more than 100 books on various aviation topics in the Aviation Museum's shop selection. Photo: Aviation Museum
Aerolan rivitalot, Vantaa
In 2008 an alteration of the city plan was enforced in order to protect the Aerola terraced houses. Photo: Elina Liukkonen, Alvar Aalto Foundation
Aerola's sauna, laundry room and heating centre
The project included a separate L-shaped building housing a sauna, laundry room and heating centre, placed on the same plot between the Aerola terraced houses. Photo: Elina Liukkonen, Alvar Aalto Foundation

Programme by day

Day 1: Learn about the history of Finnish aviation in Vantaa

On this day you will learn about the history of Finnish aviation! Take a short trip riding the airport train from Helsinki railway station to Helsinki-Vantaa Airport.

The main destination for the day is the Finnish Aviation Museum, which is located right in the heart of Vantaa, in the Aviapolis neighbourhood. The museum’s exhibition showcases aircrafts, engines, propellers, gauges and scale models originating from different eras, that can be seen up close. It is also possible to peek into some of the planes! You can tour the museum on your own, but we recommend booking a guided tour to get the most out of your visit. By booking in advance, it is also possible to test flying with an aircraft simulator. You can choose between retro, civilian or fighter plane simulator. On your visit, you can also enjoy the cuisine of the museum café, which serves both delicious savoury and sweet pastries. On weekdays, lunch is served in the café from 10:30 until 13:30. After a treat and relax moment in the café, we recommend popping as well into the museum shop, where you will find aviation-themed books, toys, postcards, airplanes and scale models to take home with you.

After an inspirational visit to the Aviation Museum, a quick stop to admire the only Alvar Aalto destination in Vantaa is definitely in order. Within walking distance from the museum, you can see the terraced houses that Alvar Aalto designed in the 1950s. A separate sauna and laundry room building was also designed on the same plot. The buildings can only be viewed from the outside, as they are privately owned.

Useful information

Aviation Museum

Karhumäentie 12 (Tietotie 3), 01530 Vantaa
Tel. +358 9 8700 870, +358 44 754 2930
Email. info@ilmailumuseo.fi

Opening hours:

Weekdays 10:00 – 20:00
Weekends 10:00 – 17:00

The museum is closed on 1.1, Midsummer eve and day, 6.12,  24.-26.12. and 31.12.

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Aerola's terraced houses were placed on a south-facing slope.

Aerola terraced houses in Vantaa

Vantaa / 1953–1955

When Finland was selected to host the 1952 Summer Olympics, it also contributed to the construction of the current Helsinki-Vantaa Airport. Scheduled air traffic in Finland had also grown rapidly at the turn of the 1940s and 1950s. Malmi Airport, which had been completed in 1936, was no longer able…

Aerola's terraced houses were placed on a south-facing slope.

Aviation Museum

Vantaa

Dozens of aircrafts and other interesting objects on display within the Aviation Museum’s main exhibition take visitors on a journey across the history of Finnish aviation. The changing exhibitions will cast light on interesting aviation topics from different eras and perspectives.

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Good to know

Arriving to Vantaa

The Aviation Museum is conveniently accessible by public transport:

  • On I and P -trains from Helsinki’s main railway station to the “Aviapolis” station. Use the exit “Aviabulevardi” and walk 150 meters to the museum
  • On buses 615 and 617 from the main railwaystation in Helsinki

Aerola terraced houses are located on Pyhtäänkorventie 23. From the Aviation Museum, you can reach Aerola either by a local bus or on foot. Distance between the two destinations is approximately 2 km.

You can check local transport routes and timetables within the Helsinki metropolitan area from here.

Example price 10 € per person

Aviation Museum:

Adults 10 €
Children (7-17 v.), students, seniors 7 €
Children under 7 years of age, free entry
Family ticket (inc. 2 adults and 2 children) 25€

Free entry with a Museum Card. Read more here!

 

 

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Example price 10 € per person

Aviation Museum:

Adults 10 €
Children (7-17 v.), students, seniors 7 €
Children under 7 years of age, free entry
Family ticket (inc. 2 adults and 2 children) 25€

Free entry with a Museum Card. Read more here!

 

 

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