Winter war museum Raatteen Portti
In Raatteen Portti you will several original items from winter war. There is lots to see, guns, artillery, tanks, films about the winter war events, also winter war cloths and equipment that belonged to russian 44 th Division that was destroyed in the beginning of January 1940.
Canteen Päämaja is in the same building. 65 seats, lunch for groups, cafeteria, terrace. Also war style outdoor lunches are possible to order for groups.
In Souvenir Shop Motti you will find souvenirs, t-shirts, literature and historic newspapers.
Raatteen Portti total museum area is 17 hectars. You will find monuments, restored foxholes, naturpaths with campfire.
Lodgings for Soviet and Finnish soldiers were built at the Winter War battle sites in the environs of Raatteen Portti. Informative signboards by the side of the trails tell about local events. Outside, the artillery, tank and other wartime equipment date from the Winter War.
Visitors can even overnight in the half-platoon military tents and experience the authentic atmosphere of the Winter War. Overnighting and any lunch are subject to contract prices.
Continuation War exhibition
The Raatteen Portti museum also features an exhibition telling about the Continuation War (1941-1944). Among other things at the exhibition, visitors can test the weight of a long-range reconnaissance patroller’s rucksack and handle real de-activated weapons. Finnish, Soviet and German material and narrative. The shocking partisan attacks and trench railway, also known as the “Railway of Death”, are part of the hushed up history of the Suomussalmi area
Museumized Raateroad continues 19 kilometers via battlefields and ends at Russian border. Expert guides in museum and bus tours via Road Raate are available on request.