The Brylcreem photo exhibition at Hakasalmi villa at Mannerheimintie 13 was in my opinion a great one: it portrayed Helsinki in the 50’s. It was pretty cool to see how some streets were still easy to recognise and some were beyond imagination. The pictures also told a lot about the life in the post war era were apartments were small and many ingredients still scarce. But similar things still brought people together such as sports events or the beach. There is also one room that has been turned into a 50’s hairdressing salon and a room with a movie about the 50’s. One of the outhouses on the yard host a cute looking cafe nowadays, especially in the sunny weather but we opted for tapas in Bar Teos is in Töölö instead (the best tapas in town in my opinion!).
The exhibition is open Tuesday-Sunday 11am-5pm and on Thursdays until 7pm, and there is no entrance fee.
The last picture seemed to me to be a continuation to my last post about the free school lunches: it is from a playground were the city of Helsinki offers all under 16 year old children a warm meal during the summer break for free. Still happens in all the bigger playgrounds at noon approximately from early June till mid August, so as long as your children have their own spoon and bowl, they’ll get food. It’s quite a lot of fun, an easy picnic so to say, as we have been going to the park with friends. And the best part is that even picky eaters eat the basic soups and porridge that mainly are offered because all their friends eat it.
For more free exhibitions in Helsinki, take a look here