The Design Museum, or Taideteollisuusmuseo in Finnish, is a specialized design collection and Finland’s national design museum located in the capital Helsinki. The museum hosts an ever changing array of special exhibitions throughout the year, featuring contemporary as well as historical design from Finland and beyond. It also manages to offer a schedule choke full of various events, workshops and lectures on all things art and design. Accordingly, the art exhibited, from post-modernism to industrial, is constantly changing and with the Design Museum’s constant attention to new trends and designers, the museum is incredibly attractive to first time guests as well as repeat visitors intent on discovering new shapes, forms and perspectives.
Especially interesting for visitors from abroad might be the Design Museum’s Collections Exhibition called “Finnish Form,” which focuses on the uniquely Finnish styles influenced by Nordic functionalism, the harsh seasons and the cold Arctic environment. All in all, the museum hosts over 75,000 objects that date from the mid-19th century all the way to the present day.
The Design Museum can be visited Monday to Sunday from 11am to 6pm in June, July and August. The rest of the year, the museum is closed on Mondays, although this is compensated by the museum opening until 8pm on Tuesdays. The museum is located in the Kaarti section of Helsinki and you can get there by taking bus number 24 or tram number 10 to the Johanneksen Kirkko station.