Helsinki is full of interesting museums and now that it is the darkest time of year with short, grey and gloomy days I decided to go out there to explore the museum scene of Helsinki, the capital of Finland.
As I mentioned earlier, I have never been a big fan of museums and never in a million years thought I would get excited about museums but on my explorations I actually found some great gems and fantastic sources of inspiration. Did I find the inner artist or historian in me? Not really, but it did widen my horizons a bit more and I did enjoy a great deal!
Oh and one great tip: some museums in Helsinki offer free entry on the first Friday of the month (or some other day of the month). Some of my friends who are really into museums have even purchased a Museum Card that gives you access to over 200 museums all around Finland.
The following 5 museums are currently my absolute favourite museums in Helsinki:
1. Museum of Contemporary Art Kiasma
Kiasma – the Museum of Contemporary Art (Nykytaiteen Museo Kiasma) in Helsinki hosts both domestic and world-class international exhibitions following the latest developments in visual art and breaking the borders of a traditional art museum. In addition the Museum of Contemporary Art Kiasma also showcases contemporary art from the collections of the Finnish National Gallery. The museum building with winding staircases, curvy corridors and glass ceiling is a beautiful piece of modern art and architecture on its own.
2. HAM Helsinki Art Museum
HAM Helsinki Art Museum (Helsingin taidemuseo HAM) hosts a collection of over 9000 works of art on display around Helsinki, in parks, libraries, streets etc. HAM’s flagship museum is located at Tennis Palace (Tennispalatsi) in Helsinki city centre, with domestic and international exhibitions on modern and contemporary art. I was particularly blown away by the colourful polka dot exhibition In Infinity by Yayoi Kusama. Earlier I wrote a full post on her weird but wonderful polka dot exhibition, you can read it here.
3. Helsinki City Museum
Helsinki City Museum (Helsingin kaupunginmuseo) in Tori Quarters, the historical heart of Helsinki by Senate Square encompasses five buildings built between 1750s and 1920s taking visitors on a journey through time to bygone Helsinki. In Children’s Town kids can play, draw, try on costumes, go to school in an old-fashioned classroom and visit a granny’s house from the 1970s.
4. Design Museum
Housed in a stunning building dating back to 1894 the Design Museum (Designmuseo) hosts classics of the Finnish design as well as exhibitions on the development of industrial art and design, and artistic handicraft from the second half of the 19th century to present day.
5. National Museum of Finland
The National Museum of Finland (Suomen Kansallismuseo) illustrates some fantastic treasures of the history of Finland from a period of over 1000 years from medieval times to the 19th century. The dome ceiling of the main entrance hall with stunning paintings is probably the most beautiful I have seen in the city.
Have you visited any of these museums? Which museum is your favourite one in Helsinki or elsewhere?
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