The Border Museum

  Immolan varuskunta-alue, Niskapietiläntie 32 E, Imatra   Map >>>

Contact: phone 071 872 9000

Open: 12th June-18th August 2018, Tue-Fri 13-16, Sat 12-15. Museum is closed on  Sundays ja Mondays

Entrance fees: free entrance




Opened in 1989, the Border Museum is located in the Immola Barracks of the Border Guard of South-East Finland, 7 km north of Imatra’s Central Railway Station. Access to the museum is along the Niskapietilä Museum Road.

Built by volunteer border guards during their leisure time, the museum is owned by the Border and Coast Guard Academy. The museum is open in the summer, and at other times by prior arrangement.



The Border Museum’s permanent exhibition traces the history of Finland’s frontiers and that of the Border Guard. This exhibition also provides an insight into the life and work of border guards during the period following Finland’s independence (since 1917), in times of war and peace. It begins by focusing on the history of the Finnish frontier line from the time when Finland was under Swedish rule all the way to independence. The numerous showcases in the permanent exhibition display items connected with border control work, and illustrate situations that may occur during this work. (picture)

A separate showcase is devoted to Finland’s first border control dog, Cesar. Cesar served the Finnish state during the 1920s, and died in 1929. (picture)

Border control work also reflected the various periods of Finland’s history. The Border Museum displays informative scale models illustrating the different periods, as well as a number of areas along the Finnish border, including Rajajoki, Salla and Porkkala. (picture)

A separate room houses exhibits relating to the Immola Garrison and the airport. The furnished interior of an adjoining room depicts a border guard’s office in the 1930s, with a border guard on duty. Adolf Hitler visited Marshall Mannerheim in Immola during the Second World War. The exhibition features photographs taken of that famous meeting.

Outside the museum, in the two-hectare museum site, visitors can examine a variety of equipment connected with border control work, such as rest huts, an observation tower, an authentic model of the frontier, and a ‘saumalaavu’ which is a sturdy, timber-built shelter providing protection from three sides.



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