At the Senate Square there will be opened a brand new Helsinki City Museum telling about Helsinki history in a totally brand new way. The museum will be a meeting place that has been planned together with Helsinki citizens meant for both locals and visitors. It’s focusing on the normal daily life and personal experiences that people like to share. Besides this, the past and the presence cross paths when the memories and stories come to alive. The planning process is still going on, so the exact information about the museum will be published later.
The new museum will be constructed by uniting former office buildings together with Sederholm House in which was former located a museum called Children’s City focusing on the whole family. The museum will be built on four different floors, in area approx. 2000 square metres. Besides this vaste area, there will be also new inner yards come into use that couldn’t be visited before. The whole museum complex is quite labyrinthine so it’s partly not accessible by wheelchair.
The main themes of the museum are functionality and interactivity which means there will be many interesting things to do. For instance, a real time machine presents museum visitors how the town has changed and developed in the course of time. According to this there will be available also many thematical services and events there. For the most, I wait for the nostalgia for the good old days when I’ll see again “the Granny’s Place” from 1970s that used to be earlier in the Children’s City.
The opening festival of the museum will last for a whole week featuring special programme, but the exact opening day is May 13th. The entrance is free of charge like to the other Helsinki City Museums since 2008. The museum offers also a museum shop and a café, though in the inner yards it’s possible to enjoy your own snack, if you wish so. There are also meeting rooms for 10-20 people by request.
What do you expect from the new museum? Have you any plans to visit it when it will be opened? What is your best memory in Helsinki?
Helsinki City Museum from May 13th, 2016