Museum of Finnish Architecture, Helsinki

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The Museum of Finnish Architecture is an architectural museum in Helsinki, Finland. Established in 1956, it is the second oldest museum of its kind devoted specifically to architecture. The museum was founded on the basis of the photographic collection of the Finnish Association of Architects, which was established in 1949.The museum is on Kasarmikatu street in Ullanlinna, housed in a neo-classical building, designed by architect Magnus Schjerfbeck and completed in 1899. The building was originally in the use of a scientific society and the University of Helsinki. The museum took over use of the building in 1981, before which it had been housed in a former wooden pavilion in Kaivopuisto Park. Occupying the same city block as the Museum of architecture is the Design Museum. In 1984 an architectural competition was arranged for a new building to be built in the gap between the two buildings, this linking them together as a single institution. The competition was won by architects Helin and Siitonen, but the project was abandoned soon afterwards, due to logistics and problems of finance. The building is currently owned by the State of Finland through Senate Properties.The museum has large collections of drawings, photographs and architectural scale models. It also has its own library and bookstore. The museum organises exhibitions on both Finnish and foreign architecture as well as exhibitions on Finnish architecture for touring abroad. It also publishes its own books.
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  • A rather small museum showing the development of Finnish architecture. Interesting if you like history. The presentation is not customer friendly and children would be bored. The museum is poorly acce...  more »
  • We were actually looking for the Design Museum - but came across the Architecture Museum first and bought a combined ticket to both. Clearly if you are "really in" to architecture this has more to off...  more »
  • I enjoyed both a permanent and temporary exhibition. A permanent is rather small but informative and from there I got to know about some hidden impressive buildings that are not mentioned in other sou...  more »
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  • Empty on a Sunday morning. Free with museum card. Not a big museum but you can learn something about architecture in last century. And from there you can bring a brochure and check which buildings deserve a visit in Helsinki.
  • Interesting, great place to See in a rainy day.
  • Small but very informative museum. The third-floor exhibit on the history of Finnish architecture was superb, bringing together economic, political, and architectural history in a way that taught me a lot about the country's development. The current second floor exhibit was a couple of dozen projects, some important, some less so, not particularly well presented. The building itself was superb. I would say that the history exhibit by itself was worth the time.
  • In process of updating displays. Limited viewing at present.
  • Extremely small museum, which is quite expensive. The exhibition is uninspired,boring and generally lacks English descriptions.

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