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Design Museum, Helsinki

(3.2/5 based on 280+ reviews on the web)
The boundary between fine art and design blurs at Design Museum, where a comprehensive set of exhibits cover all genres of design from clothing to furniture, and even advertising. Temporary and permanent exhibits showcase famous local designs, such as Tove Jansson's Moomin creations. Some exhibits are sculptures that take up an entire room, while others are functional designs that combine beauty and utility. On some evenings, the museum hosts a night with the artist. You can easily purchase a ticket the day of your visit; there are rarely lines or crowds. Using our online itinerary creator, Helsinki attractions like Design Museum can form part of a personalized travel itinerary.
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  • Being a designer I wanted to see some of the Finnish design history. Sadly, not all of the exhibitions/museum was open so I didn't get to see as much as I'd hoped. However, the museum has a very nice ...  more »
  • A good place to learn more about Nordic/ Finnish design, with exhibits on famous Finnish products and designer. A bit disappointed that much of the exhibits were closed, perhaps prepared for the busie...  more »
  • Unfortunately, we went to a lot of excitement but there was only one other textile exhibitionı but other than that, everything was closed. We're back before.
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  • Boring. Really Poor Museum. Waste of time and money. I love design but this is incredibly limited. Needs a lot more of work.
  • A small but lovely selection of modern design. The current special exhibit makes it worth the visit. I would have given it 5 stars of it were a bit larger. Free Wi-Fi is available so feel free to take a break in the café after your visit.
  • If you are into design, this is a must see! The permanent collection on the ground floor offers a journey through Finnish design from the 1870s to the modern day. You will realise how timeless some pieces are. In the top floor is a special Exhibit featuring the works of Finnish design legend Eero Aarnio, creator of the iconic ball chair. The display is highly creative, with the pieces on round platforms that rotate and move around the room responding to its guests. It's like a big Roomba! The basement houses experimental art. It it worth taking a look. Tip: Be sure to check out the shop and cafe.
  • Simple, but beautiful little space with tells a clear and interesting story of Finnish design. We saw a beautiful exhibition on Eero Aarnio - a local Finnish superstar of modern design. Fun for older and younger alike, not just design geek!
  • Viewed from Boston or Paris, it's easy to think of "Scandinavian design" as a unitary thing, and to think of it as being a 1950-1970 phenomenon: clean lines, teak, whimsical metal items, all that (just admitting my ignorance). But there's no teak here, and the story starts in the mid-19th century, not in 1950. There are certainly some commonalities between Finnish and other design, not just Scandinavian, at various periods, but you'll also see the specifically Finnish designs and designers. The museum itself is small, but also a pleasure, a converted school. Besides the permanent collection, there is currently (Aug 2016) a show on Eero Aarnio, most famous perhaps for the Ball Chair, but an innovator in many areas; and a basement show of new design which I found uninteresting.