Kollaa and Simo Häyhä - museum

Kollaa and Simo Häyhä - museum

Kuntalanraitti 32, 56710 Miettilä

1 day(s)

The museum was founded in the early '80s by the veterans of the Battle of Kollaa in the Winter War in Rautjärvi to leave a memory of their participation in the battles for future generations. The activities are led by the Kollaa and Simo Häyhä Museum Support Association and the daily practical work is handled by the so-called Committee of Kolla. Local reserve and veteran organizations and the municipality of Rautjärvi are involved.

In its current form, the museum opened in 2017.

The upstairs exhibition is divided into two parts, the first of which focuses on the personal history of the men of Rautjärvi in the Winter War, especially in ​​the Battle of the Kollaa. The exhibitions showcase the men and events involved in the battles. Various small artifacts are also on display. One of the upstairs showrooms is dedicated to the battle history of Kollaa. Battlefields and events are presented with maps, photographs, and artifacts.

Downstairs is the museum's most interesting section, the Simo Häyhä exhibition, which presents Simo's life during peace and war. On display are a wealth of interesting photographs and artifacts from Simo’s life.

The theme of the foyer exhibition is changing. Propaganda leaflets from Kollaa and the declarations of the Terijoki government are now on display. Every year the museum is visited by about 4,000 guests from all over the world.

Guided tours can be arranged for groups, in Finnish and/or English.

The aim is to keep the Simo Häyhä shooting simulator available on weekends.

Outside the museum, there are two cannons, model 76RK27, which the Finns caught 54 during the Winter War. In addition, there is a memorial stone outside where visitors can place their own stone on the stone fence lining the path leading to it. The memorial stone rises in the footsteps of Simo Häyhä cast in concrete.