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Design Museum, Helsinki

#7 of 51 in Museums in Helsinki
Specialty Museum · Hidden Gem · Art Museum
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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  • The museum has an interesting basic exhibition about Finnish deign ranging from architecture and furniture to mobile phones and games. At the time of visit, the special exhibition (Travel as a tool...  more »
  • We have visited many times at this museum. There is a permanent exhibition but every time there is something new to see. Alongside the known Finnish design, the exhibition showed this time the work.....  more »
  • I'd definitely recommend this museum for friends and relatives visiting (not just because I live right next door): it's quirky and really captures the evolution of the Finnish industry, from Fiskars.....  more »
  • Must visit for designers and design enthusiasts. Learn about the history of Finnish design and it's evolution here. Well designed exhibition of renowned and iconic Finnish brands with detail description in three languages. Design museum has it's own cafe serves coffee and lunch. There are few cafes and good restaurants around also.
  • Nice venue, very cool old school building (not old-school, but old school) . I liked the standard exhibition, but the ones they had upstairs and in the basement went a bit over my head. However, the schedule calls for more interesting exhibitions later on. The gift shop was great.
  • Very modern and up to date. Lacks a bit of details in the craft of designs in each era while sparing more than a half of space for special exhibitions. But I liked learning about the history of Finnish design!
  • Easily one of my favorite museums now. Great variety of exhibits, tons of air and space to take everything in and reflect. A lot of light, a few interesting tech innovations (yes, 3D is here!). A very good bookshop in the gift shop. All in all, a must see in Helsinki, and if you're a design afficcionado, it might just be the reason to come to Finland in the first place.
  • The perfect sized museum focused on design. Of course they highlight Finnish design but they offer insights into design from other origins as well.

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