Cavalry Museum

The Cavalry Museum is located in the oldest building in Lappeenranta, built at the southern tip of the fortress in 1772 as a guardhouse by the Russians. The stone building, which has functioned as a museum since 1973, was renovated in 2018–2019, revealing on its walls some of the many layers of construction that have taken place over its lifetime.

The Cavalry Museum’s exhibition From Hakkapeliittas to Red Riding Trousers – Cavalry Life through the Centuries introduces visitors to the evolution of the Finnish cavalry from the 16th century to the present day. Narratives play a significant role in the exhibition.

Information about the museum



On display, you will see articles relating to the cavalry from both times of war and peace, not forgetting the cavalryman’s best friend, the horse. The Cavalry Museum offers a fascinating and informative museum experience, detailing the chapters in the history of the Finnish cavalry. At the exhibition, you will also learn why Lappeenranta is a cavalry city.

Opening hours

Open on 22 Aug–30 Dec 2022 Wed-Sat 11 am–5 pm

Closed on: June 24-25, Dec 6, Dec 23-26 and Dec 31.


Combination ticket to Fortress Museums adults 10€ / pensioners, students, unemployed, groups/person (min. 10 people) 8€, under 18 years of age: free of charge.


Kristiinankatu 2, 53900 Lappeenranta

phone +358 5 616 2261

Lappeenranta garrison was constructed during the 1890’s, and was perhaps in its time the best garrison facility in the Russian Empire. During the 1920’s and 1930’s, both the Uusimaa (Nyland) Regiment of Dragoons and the Häme (Tavastland) Regiment of Cavalry were stationed in Lappeenranta garrison.

    The cavalry was an integral part of the military forces, in the early years of Finnish independence.
    The oldest piece of weaponry on display, a flintlock rifle, dates from the 18th century.