The Border Guard Museum is a national museum that presents the history of the Finnish Border Guard. The museum focuses on operations by land and air. It documents and presents the history of land border surveillance by the Border Guard, the history of air and rescue operations and the history of border troops during the wars. The exhibition premises of the Border Guard Museum are located next to Finland’s eastern border at the Immola barracks in Imatra.
The Border Guard Museum began operating in 1989 as an internal teaching museum of the Border Guard, but the attractiveness of the museum was soon seen to be so great that it was worth opening its doors to the general public. The exhibition of the Border Guard Museum is open in summer and by appointment at other times.
Securing Finland's borders has remained the core task of the Border Guard since its beginning, but its operations have changed and developed considerably in the course of history. The Border Guard Museum provides a versatile overview of the different historical stages and duties of the organisation over a period of more than 100 years.
The Finnish Border Guard's maritime operations are presented at the Coast Guard Museum, which is housed in the Kotka Maritime Centre in Vellamo, where the Border Guard's air fleet is also on display.
We hope to see you at the Border Guard Museum!
Visit our online exhibitions:
- Saving lives and chasing smugglers: Air border guards from the 1930s to the present
- From riot response to international special forces: Border Guard special intervention units 1992–2022