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Main Exhibition

We invite you to see, hear and feel nature! Haltia’s main exhibition takes you from the Finnish Archipelago to the fells of Lapland, offering an authentic experience of Finland’s beautiful nature in all seasons. At the core of the exhibition are Finland's 39 national parks.

The exhibition follows the annual cycle of nature, utilizing not only the panorama landscape but also video presentations, dioramas, interactive features, works of art and scale models, among other features. The experience is completed with a world of sounds and light.

Step into nature – step inside a story

In the photo some people are passing the "Snowy canyon"The Snowy Canyon leading from the main lobby to the main exhibition space describes life on the snow, in it and under it. The Snowy Canyon welcomes  you to examine the Finnish winter and how animals and plants survive through winter.

In the main exhibition you will find yourself surrounded by an eighteen-meter-long animated landscape, the Five Seasons virtual wall, that invites you to step right into nature and experience its power of creation. The wall functions as a window to the real nature. Take a seat and admire the landscape and the changing seasons.

There is a map of Finland in the middle of the main exhibition and on the wall you will find five Touch the Nature touchscreens where you can explore over 80 Finnish nature destinations. You can explore, for instance, the nature or activities in Koli or Kurjenrahka National Park.

As the heart of the exhibition there is a large wooden Duck Egg (Sotkanmuna), which is built of 620 unique wooden pieces. The Duck Egg serves as the setting for the Game Theory video installation by artist Osmo Rauhala.

Children enjoying in the world of fishAt the Nature at Night (Yöretki) exhibition room that is located in the main exhibition hall, you will be able to sense the atmosphere of the wilderness at night. In the Bear’s Den (Karhunpesä) room, you can crawl into the dens of various animals and even curl up next to a bear. At the open wilderness hut, you can sit down by the stove and read the fascinating stories in the guestbooks, the oldest of which are a hundred years old, and peek out of the window into the fell landscape. Among other experiences, you will have the opportunity to climb up and make contact with starry skies in the Pohjannaula tower.