The offbeat spy museum under the Finlayson Centre offers a small but well-assembled display of devices of international espionage, mainly from the Cold War era. As well as histories of famous Finnish and foreign spies, it has numerous Bond-style gadgets and some interactive displays. English translations are slightly unsatisfying. For €5 extra, kids aged 7+ can take a suitability test for KGB cadet school. Book ahead to take a lie detector test (€30) – excellent if you're travelling with teenagers!

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1. Werstas

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This worthwhile labour museum has a variety of changing exhibitions covering social history and labour industries. The permanent exhibition consists of…

2. Finlayson Centre

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Tampere’s industrial era began with Scot James Finlayson, who established a cotton mill by the Tammerkoski in the 1820s. Later it grew massively and was…

3. Vapriikki

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This bright, modern glass-and-steel exhibition space in the renovated Tampella textile mill hosts regularly changing exhibitions on anything from bicycles…

4. Finlaysonin Kirkko


The Finlaysonin Kirkko was built in 1879 as a place of worship for employees of the cotton mill and their families.

5. Tuomiokirkko

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An iconic example of National Romantic art nouveau architecture, Tampere's cathedral dates from 1907. Hugo Simberg created the frescoes and stained glass;…

6. Aleksanterin Kirkko

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The beautiful Aleksanterin Kirkko has red brick and green spires and was named in honour of Tsar Alexander II.

7. Lenin Museo

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There are few displays dedicated to the revolutionary leader here; rather, displays focus on the shared modern history of Finland and Russia. The…

8. Ortodoksinen Kirkko

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Near the train station, this ornate, onion-domed Orthodox church is worth a visit. During the civil war, White troops besieged the church, which had been…