The post about free museums in Helsinki reminded me of a few nice things to do with kids, that we haven’t done for a long time. As my son is really into all kind of vehicles, I decided to take my kids to the Tram museum today. It is always free and open daily 11am-5pm. It is next to the culture house Korjaamo (e.g. stand up comedy, theatre, bands) in Töölö, so it is easy to get to. To the delight of my son we managed to use buses, trams and the train on the morning trip to Töölö.
The tram musem is in my opinion well done. There is a lot of information about the history of them, which obviously I only had a quick look at when going to a museum with two toddlers. But it was a nice experience even with (and for) toddlers: it is inside of a house even though, as you can see in the picture on the right, they have built an old style street with cobblestones next to the tram track. On the tracks they only have 6 trams from various ages, of which 3 one can get into. A small museum that is, but perfect size for me and my kids. The old ticketing machines were we got to “stamp” our tickets were a hit too.
Today there was some kind of a kids market going on in Korjaamo and partly in the tram museum too. We did not take part in it but thanks to that they even had people dressed up like they used to early 20th century in the trams that could tell more about them. Quite a fun little detail, even though my little tram obsessed boy almost got too scared to get in to the trams.
If you get hungry after this visit, there was a sushi bar in the lobby and Korjaamo next doors has a lovely setting for a garden cafe too.