Kollaa and Simo Häyhä Museum

 

Address: Kuntalanraitti 32, 56710 Miettilä     Map >>>

Inquiries: Kari Partanen 040 5577 668Reijo Sinkkonen 050 3044 065  ja Tapio Rita 0400 256 210

Opening times:  4.6.-11.8.2019 Tue – Sun 10-16. Closed on Mondays. Closed 21.-24.6.2019

Sat 29.6.2019 klo 10-16
Wed 10.7.2019 klo 10-16
Sun 11.8.2019 klo 10-16

Other times by prior arrangement

Admissions: 5€, children under 7 years free admission

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INFORMATION

The Kollaa and Simo Häyhä Museum is situated within the Miettilä Historical Reserve Garrison Area in Rautjärvi. To get there, you can take the beautiful Niskapietilä Museum Road, or drive through the village of Rautjärvi. The museum was opened in 1983, and its activities are overseen by the Kollaa Committee.

The Museum can be seen by prior arrangement.

 

EXHIBITIONS

The exhibitions staged in the Museum commemorate the events of World War Two in Finland. The downstairs exhibition has two separate rooms. Geographically, Rautjärvi represents a historical borderland; consequently, an extensive section of the museum is devoted to the history of this area. One of the rooms is dedicated to the famous Finnish soldier who distinguished himself as a sharpshooter at Kollaa, Simo Häyhä (also called the White Death). A local lad from Rautjärvi, Häyhä died, aged 96 years, in spring 2002. The same exhibition area also houses a scale model of the Miettilä Garrison Area as it was in 1881-83.

The exhibition area downstairs features a civilian home during wartime, complete with various objects illustrating the difficulties of everyday life during this period of severe shortages. The collection includes kitchen appliances and utensils, ersatz goods and clothes.

The upstairs exhibition area is dedicated to the legendary Battle of Kollaa which took place during the Winter War (1939-40). The two separate exhibitions here feature a photographic display and a memorial tablet commemorating soldiers from Simpele and Rautjärvi who fell in this battle. Visitors can also examine the composition of the famous Finnish infantry regiment, JR 34, along with photographs and battle maps. Also on display are the uniforms of a soldier and a member of the Women’s Auxiliary Services during the Winter War.

 
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