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29.3.-5.4.2021

Exhibition: Bluejacket Tunes – History of the Finnish Navy Band

Photo: The Navy Band. A group photo with the Band of the Finnish Coastal Fleet in 1935 with conductor Karl Hellman in the centre.

Bluejacket Tunes – The Finnish Navy Band’s Jubilee Exhibition at the Suomenlinna Museum and the Tourist Information at the Jetty Barracks

The Finnish Navy Band has reached the very respectable age of 100 years, and the long, colourful and successful history is celebrated in Suomenlinna. You can visit the exhibition at the Suomenlinna Museum, and some of the exhibits are on display at the tourist information at the Jetty Barracks.

The band has over the century of its existence performed at a large variety of different events, everything from state functions to “Tattoo” events and marching concerts, from evening prayers to restaurant gigs and school visits. The wide range of music rehearsed and played by the Navy Band is incredibly extensive. The work as a military musician is indeed, according to the musicians themselves, the most versatile profession a musician could ever imagine.

Exhibition creation

The maritime centre Forum Marinum in Turku has created an exhibition where the colourful and multifaceted story of the band is brought out to the public in both tone and pictures. The exhibition highlights the history of the band in form of texts, pictures and objects. The exhibition has been built in co-operation with the Navy Band, and it is based on the history book Puhallamme elämyksiä (‘We blow experiences’) by Kauko Karjalainen.

To visit the exhibition

The exhibition is open at the Suomenlinna Museum from 23 October 2020 according to the opening hours of the museum. There is an entrance fee to the museum. The exhibition will be open until 5 April 2021. Some exhibits are on display at the tourist information with no entrance fee.

You can read more about the opening hours of the Suomenlinna Museum and the tourist information in our calendar here.

The tourist information is located next to the Main Quay in Suomenlinna and open in the winter season daily from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Suomenlinna and navy bands share a long history

Suomenlinna and different navy bands share a long history together. In the 18th century, the band of the Swedish Archipelago Fleet was stationed in the fortress, and in the 19th century several bands from the Imperial Russian Fleet were active in Suomenlinna.

In the 1920s and 1930s, the Finnish Navy Band was based in Helsinki, and members of its staff lived in Suomenlinna. For example one of the band’s most well-known musicians, Georg Malmstén, lived in the fortress in the mid-1920s.

After the Second World War, the Navy Band was transferred to Turku. The Turku-based Forum Marinum, the Finnish Navy Museum, has created a jubilee exhibition for the Finnish Navy’s own band. Now the exhibition can be seen at the Suomenlinna Museum.

Come and explore Bluejacket Tunes with us!

 

  1. Show up only if you’re healthy. If you have flu symptoms or you have been in contact with people who are sick or have been exposed, do not attend the event!
  2. Wash your hands often.
  3. Use hand sanitiser.
  4. Sneeze into a tissue or your sleeve.
  5. Keep a safe distance from others.
  6. We recommend always wearing a face mask on public transport and in indoor public places and public events.

Location

Suomenlinna Museum (number 18 on the map)

Visitor’s map (pdf)

Price

8/5/4/0 €

The Finnish Museum Card is also accepted at the Suomenlinna Museum.

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Dates

  • 29.3.-5.4.2021

More information

How to get to Suomenlinna

Location

Suomenlinna Museum (number 18 on the map)

Visitor’s map (pdf)

Price

8/5/4/0 €

The Finnish Museum Card is also accepted at the Suomenlinna Museum.

Buy tickets

Dates

  • 29.3.-5.4.2021

More information

How to get to Suomenlinna