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Design Museum, Helsinki

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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. Add Design Museum to your Helsinki travel itinerary, and discover new vacation ideas by using our Helsinki tour planner .
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  • A museum that makes you a tour through Finnish design over time. In addition, mix different areas and technologies.
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  • The three exhibitions at this museum were all very interesting. One was about iconic Finnish design (including Princess Leia's necklace, Angry Birds, Nokia phones and wonderful glassware). Another con...  more »
  • I love Scandinavian design museums, and this one didn't let me down. I really enjoyed it. Finnish design is really special but it's also vast and particular since it's quite different from the countri...  more »
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  • There were three exhibits, of which I enjoyed two. All labels/information are available in English. I'd say it's good value for the 10€ admission. The architecture museum is adjacent, but we only had time for one attraction.
  • I spent an enjoyable afternoon here. The museum was packed with a variety of Finnish Design exhibits. I am, by no means, an expert on design so I found the exhibits very educational.
  • It's a small but packed museum. There were three exhibits, detailing Finnish work throughout time. Of course, they discussed Marimekko and Fiskar, but I loved that they had a room dedicated to up and coming designers and projects. They didn't just have typical "art" works, but also discussed public projects and technology, and how human centered they were. I think to anyone who is interested/involved in art and design, you'll recognize a lot of the stuff but think "I didn't know that was Finnish!". The admission was 10 euro, 5 for students. You can pay 12 euro to also get access to the adjacent architecture museum but I went and did not find it worth visiting.
  • The exhibits did a good job highlighting the different areas that Finnish designers have contributed to, but to be honest I was expecting a little more considering Finland's rich history of design. Museum shop had a great selection though.
  • Short and sweet, great overview of many of the ingenious ideas, products, concepts that (have) come out of Finland.

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