New Helsinki City Museum will be opened in 2016
Marketta Lehtonen December 7, 2015

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.

In Sederholm House located former Children's City, that will be a part of the new museum. Image: Helsinki City Museum/Sakari Kiuru
In Sederholm House located former Children’s City, that will be a part of the new museum. Image: Helsinki City Museum/Sakari Kiuru

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 Falkman Yard will be available for the museum visitors. This historical picture is from the year 1909. Image: Helsinki City Museum/Signe Brander
The Falkman Yard will be available for the museum visitors. This historical picture is from the year 1909. Image: Helsinki City Museum/Signe Brander

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.

In the Granny's Place you can meet also real grandmothers. Image: Helsinki City Museum/Sakari Kiuru
In the Granny’s Place you can meet also real grandmothers. Image: Helsinki City Museum/Sakari Kiuru

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.

3D illustration of the museum. Image: Helsinki City Museum/Muotohiomo
3D illustration of the museum. Image: Helsinki City Museum/Muotohiomo

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
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