The Alvar Aalto Museum operates in two cities, Jyväskylä and Helsinki. The Alvar Aalto Museum building in Jyväskylä houses a specialist museum of architecture and design, which is a national and international centre for information on Aalto. The Alvar Aalto Academy and Alvar Aalto Museum Architectural Heritage Department is housed in the Aalto Studio building in Helsinki. The Alvar Aalto Museum works for the benefit of a better everyday environment and design culture, based on the lifetime work of Alvar Aalto and his humanist and ecological philosophy of design.
The Amos Anderson Art Museum is located in the centre of Helsinki, in the Forum city block. The museum is located in the apartment building Amos Anderson (1878–1961) built for himself in 1913. The building was posthumously converted into a modern museum. The Amos Anderson Art Museum is known for its diverse and varying exhibition programme as well as for its extensive collection of modern art.
The Ateneum Art Museum is part of the Finnish National Gallery. The museum has the largest collection of art in Finland, comprising over 20,000 works dating from the 1750s to the 1950s.
The Design Museum is an internationally recognized national specialist museum highlighting Finnish design. It researches, collects, stores and documents design and displays it both in Finland and in touring exhibitions abroad. The museum is located in central Helsinki.
The Didrichsen Art Museum is a unique combination of an art museum and a private home by the seaside, on Kuusisaari Island in Helsinki. The museum holds two to three exhibitions a year, varying from Finnish art to modern international art. Permanently on display are the Pre-Columbian and Asian collections and artwork in the sculpture park.
The Emil Aaltonen Museum is a museum of industry and art opened in June 2004. The main floor houses works from Emil Aaltonen’s art collection and upstairs there is a permanent exhibition on Emil Aaltonen.
A museum based on the life and work of the Finnish sculptor Emil Cedercreutz (1879-1949).
EMMA – Espoo Museum of Modern Art is an art museum administered by the Espoo Art Museum Foundation. EMMA is a centre providing experiences and knowledge. The premises in the WeeGee building offer a setting for high-quality international exhibitions. The 5,000 square-metre exhibition space is the largest in any museum in Finland. EMMA displays its own collections as well as changing exhibitions of contemporary and 20th century art, both Finnish and international. Two art collections, EMMA’s collection and the Saastamoinen Foundation Art Collection, form the cornerstone of EMMA’s operations.
The Gallen-Kallela Museum is located in Espoo. The noted Finnish painter Akseli Gallen-Kallela designed the building to serve as his studio. It was built between 1911 and 1913. The museum was opened to the public in 1961.
The Gösta Serlachius Fine Arts Foundation has two museums, Gösta and Gustaf. Their roots trace back to the history of the Serlachius family, renowned as industrialists and prominent art collectors, but also to the history of the Finnish forest industry and the small mill town of Mänttä. The Gösta Serlachius Fine Arts Foundation was established in 1933 to care and maintain the art collection compiled by Gösta Serlachius (1876–1942).
Pekka Halonen is one of the most beloved artists of the ‘Golden Era’ of Finnish art. Halonen’s studio was opened to the public in the 1950s. Today the museum specializes in presenting material related to Halonen’s art, his lifetime achievements and the famous artists’ colony of Tuusula to which he and his friends belonged.
The Helsinki Art Museum, HAM, is the custodian of an art collection comprising over 9,000 works of art. HAM maintains and accrues this art collection, which also includes the city’s public artworks. In its domestic and international exhibitions held at the Tennis Palace, HAM showcases modern and contemporary art.
Hämeenlinna Art Museum is a diverse museum of visual arts near the centre of Hämeenlinna. The museum operates in two buildings in the Verkatehdas area, both featuring temporary exhibitions that showcase various types of visual art. The special exhibitions feature both older Finnish art and the very latest contemporary art styles.
Each year, the Kunsthalle Helsinki hosts 6-7 major exhibitions, in addition to special events and a cross-disciplinary programme. The focus of the exhibitions is on contemporary art but the exhibition programme also includes design and architecture. Kunsthalle Helsinki does not have a collection of its own, but serves as a venue for changing exhibitions.
The Hiekka Art Museum is named after its founder, Kustaa Hiekka, a highly respected goldsmith in the Finnish jewellery industry. Kustaa Hiekka was an avid collector of art.The Kustaa Hiekka Foundation was established in 1931 to maintain the Hiekka Art Museum, which opened its doors to the public the same year. The collection comprises almost 400 pieces of art, mainly Finnish art from the 1850s until today.
The Hyvinkää Art Museum is located in the town centre of Hyvinkää. It displays paintings by Helene Schjerfbeck, Yrjö Saarinen and Kaapo Wirtanen, who used to live in the region. The museum has a room dedicated to Schjerfbeck, exhibiting works the artist painted using local models from Hyvinkää.
The Imatra Art Museum is located in the cultural centre of Imatra. The art collection consists of over 1,400 works owned by the City of Imatra and by the Imatra Art Association. The main focus of the collection is Finnish 20th century art.
Järvenpää Art Museum features works by two significant painters, Eero Järnefelt and Venny Soldan-Brofeldt. Its diverse collection includes colourful paintings, images of nature, scenes of domestic everyday life and portraits. Järvenpää Art Museum hosts changing exhibitions and a photograph archive as well as a museum shop. The museum is easily accessibly in the proximity of Järvenpää railway station.
Joensuu Art Museum Onni is located in the city centre of Joensuu. Its hosts numerous high-quality exhibitions every year. The museum’s own collection provides interesting insights into Finland’s national art heritage as well as international art history.
Jyväskylä Art Museum is the regional art museum of Central Finland. The mission of the museum is to show and collect visual art from Central Finland, Finnish and international printmaking and photography as well as other national and international artwork complementary to the museum’s collections. One of the museum’s focus areas is art and museum education.
Kajaani Art Museum was opened to the public in April 1993. The museum focuses on art education. Its changing exhibitions display a variety of art and visual culture.
Kemi Art Museum is a regional art museum and the oldest art museum in Northern Finland. The museum hosts between six and seven changing exhibitions per year. The museum also organizes lectures, guided tours, events and workshops. Its focus is mainly on the visual art of Lapland.
The Kerava Art Museum is located in the Sinkka Art and Museum Centre in Kerava. The museum focuses mainly on contemporary art, community projects, wellbeing services and education. The museum hosts changing exhibitions, artist meetings, conversations and workshops.
Kiasma is a museum of contemporary art and part of the Finnish National Gallery. Its primary role is to educate the public on contemporary art and to strengthen the status of art in Finland. Among its basic functions, the museum organizes changing exhibitions, augments its collection, conducts research and presents works from its collections.The primary focus is on Finnish contemporary art.
The Kuntsi Museum of Modern Art was opened to the public in February 2007. The museum is situated in a former customs warehouse in the Inner Harbour of Vaasa. The building’s 2,000 m² space was planned exclusively for museum activities. Thanks to the museum, both national and international exhibitions of modern and contemporary art are now a permanent feature of Vaasa’s artistic life.
Opened in 1980, Kuopio Art Museum is housed in a former bank building converted into a museum in the centre of Kuopio. As the regional art museum of Northern Savo Province, the museum organizes exhibitions, research and documentation of visual arts. Art education plays a key role in the museum’s activities. Its collections mainly consist of Finnish art from the end of the 19th century to the present, with an emphasis on local painters such as the von Wright brothers and Juho Rissanen, all the way through to contemporary artists. The museum’s focal theme is nature and the environment.
Lahti Art Museum was founded in 1950. Since 1980 the it has been operating as the regional art museum of the Päijät-Häme district, which encompasses the City of Lahti and 12 surrounding municipalities. The exhibition department at street level hosts constantly changing exhibitions of old and modern art and graphic design from both Finland and abroad. Adjoining it is the Poster Museum established in 1975.
Lappeenranta Art Museum was founded in 1965. It is the regional art museum of South-East Finland. The museum’s art collection consists mainly of Finnish art from the mid-19th century to the present day, including works by many well-known Finnish artists. The contemporary art collections focus mainly on art from South-East Finland. The museum stages between three and four temporary exhibitions per year.
Opened in 1993, the Lönnström Art Museum is a venue for art and culture. Its main emphasis is on contemporary art but it also features more traditional works. The museum houses changing exhibitions and organizes concerts, workshops and other events.
The Mikkeli Art Museum opened in 1970 in the city centre of Mikkeli. In 1981 it was named the South Savo Regional Art Museum. The museum exhibits and collects Finnish graphic art, and it also permanently displays the Martti Airio Collection, comprising Finnish paintings from the 1870s to the 1980s, furniture, oriental carpets and small objets d’art. The works are mainly post-Impressionist and Expressionist.
Established in 1956, the Museum of Finnish Architecture is one of Finland’s national museums. It collects and distributes information about architecture and promotes understanding of architectural topics both among the general public and experts. The museum has a large collection of drawings, photographs and scale models as well as an extensive library. It organizes exhibitions both in Finland and abroad and it publishes books and arranges lectures.
The Finnish National Gallery comprises three museum units: the Ateneum Art Museum, the Museum of Contemporary Art Kiasma and the Sinebrychoff Art Museum. The National Gallery is responsible for the State Art Collection, the management of which rests with the National Gallery’s Collections Department. The State Art Commission and its collections is also part of the Finnish National Gallery. The Finnish National Gallery works to develop Finnish cultural heritage, strengthen the national art collection, produce exhibitions, and make art accessible to all audiences. As the national museum of art, it is responsible for the management of art historical archives and art databases.
The Nelimarkka Museum is named after its founder, the painter and professor Eero Nelimarkka. First opened in 1964, the Museum is the Regional Art Museum of Southern Ostrobothnia. Its main focus is on art education: workshops and other events are organized for the public regularly. The Museum is also responsible for researching Ostrobothnian art and hosting an artist-in-residence program. The museum building, designed by Nelimarkka’s friend, architect Hilding Ekelund, has characteristics of classical and Mediterranean architecture. The museum’s permanent exhibition displays Nelimarkka’s art.
Oulu Museum of Art OMA is located in idyllic surroundings overlooking Ainola Park about a kilometre from Oulu’s city centre. The museum produces innovative, communal events at venues around the city and in nearby municipalities. It also promotes vibrant urban culture by exhibiting a wide variety of art and by arranging events. The museum has an extensive collection, with a particular emphasis on art from Oulu and Northern Ostrobothnia.
Pori Art Museum is situated in the centre of Pori by the River Kokemäki. It is a contemporary art museum founded at the initiative of Maire Gullichsen in 1981. The museum houses both national and international contemporary art exhibitions.
Rauma Art Museum hosts changing exhibitions, events, workshops and lectures. Since 1985, Rauma Art Museum has also organized the Rauma Biennale Balticum, a contemporary art event focusing on Baltic artists.
Riihimäki Art Museum was founded in 1994. The museum operates in a government office block built in 1963. The building has been renovated to meet the requirements of a modern art museum, and it was opened to the public in 1995. The exhibition space covers two floors around a central court. Riihimäki Art Museum organizes both national and international exhibitions of various types of visual art. Exhibitions featuring the Wähäjärvi Collection change regularly.
Rovaniemi Art Museum focuses on Finnish contemporary art and Northern art. Its yearly exhibition programme introduces works by artists who either work in the north or were born there. The programme also includes exhibitions featuring works from the Jenny and Antti Wihuri Foundation Collection as well as some interesting insights into Finnish and international contemporary art. The museum’s activities are based on interaction with science, culture, the local multicultural community and the University of Lapland, all striving for accessibility.
Salo Art Museum opened in an old locomotive shed in 1998. The exhibition halls and museum office are located in the same building. The museum rents out space for various occasions. Café Veturitalli is open upon request.
The Sara Hildén Art Museum is the permanent home of a collection of Finnish and foreign modern art owned by the Sara Hildén Foundation. The collection currently contains some 5,000 works presenting a broad cross-section of modern art from the last forty years. The Sara Hildén Foundation is responsible for expanding the collection and placing its acquisitions in the art museum.
Art museum Gösta shows several thematic art exhibitions. The collections are known for the masterpieces of Finnish Golden Age of art as well as old European masters. The Fine Arts Foundation has also started to collect contemporary art following the example presented by its founder Gösta Serlachius.
The main section of the museum is housed in an old manor completed in 1935 to serve as Gösta Serlachius’ private residence. It opened as an art museum in 1984. In summer 2014, a new Pavilion was added alongside the existing manor, enabling larger and more diverse exhibitions than before.
Gustaf Museum is the second museum administered by the Serlachius Foundation in Mänttä. Gustaf aims to produce new kinds of exhibition experiences for visitors, with story-telling in the main role. The exhibitions unfold to visitors by means of drama and diverse media. The museum is well-known and has been awarded for its original exhibitions.
The impressive museum building was constructed as a head office of the forest combine G.A. Serlachius Ltd. in 1934. The functionalistic office building is decorated by the works of well-known Finnish artists. Gösta Serlachius Fine Arts Foundation acquired the former head office in year 2000. It was opened for the public after a considerable renovation in 2003.
The collections of the Sinebrychoff Art Museum feature some of the most valuable and internationally important paintings by old European masters to be found in Finland. The collections are mainly made up of donations. Housed in the unique former home of Paul and Fanny Sinebrychoff, the museum’s core is formed by the permanent exhibition on the 2nd floor . The Sinebrychoffs art collection also includes furniture and other artefacts bequeathed to the Finnish government in 1921.
The Tampere Art Museum collection comprises paintings, prints, drawings and sculpture. It consists of over 7,000 works by approximately 670 artists. The majority consists of Finnish art from the early 19th century onwards. The oldest Finnish works in the collection are Early Romantic paintings by Alexander Lauréus. Most of the older art dates back to the late 19th century, offering many samples of works by the most prominent Finnish painters. The core focus is on the 20th century, providing a rich overview of local artists’ life. The most widely represented artists from Tampere from the first decades of the century are Kaarlo Vuori, Gabriel Engberg, Kalle Löytänä and Lennu Juvela; examples of more recent artists are Reino Viirilä and Matti Petäjä.
The Nelin-Cronström Art Museum is located in a multi-storey building dating from the 1930s in Vaasa. The Nelin-Cronström Museum was home to two generations of passionate art collectors. Elin and Alfred Nelin started collecting art in the 1920s and later also began buying antique furniture and objets d’art. The collection includes works by Pierre Bonnard and Henri Toulouse-Lautrec as well as works by well-known Finnish artists such as Maria Wiik, Pekka Halonen and Ragnar Ekelund. The museum also presents more recent Swedish and Italian art purchased by Anne-Marie and Nils-Gustav Cronström on their travels.