Museums and exhibitions
KAMU – Espoo City Museum protects, studies and records the history and cultural heritage of Espoo and its residents. The City’s diverse offering of museums is also complemented by EMMA, the Gallen-Kallela Museum and the Helinä Rautavaara Museum.
KAMU – Espoo City Museum
KAMU – Espoo City Museum is a museum of cultural history founded in 1958. Through its collection and exhibitions, it illustrates the history of the City of Espoo and its residents. The purpose of the City Museum is to protect, research and record the history and cultural heritage of the Espoo area and its residents in many ways and present and share it with today’s people.
EMMA – Espoo Museum of Modern Art
EMMA presents Finnish and international modernism, modern art and design. The minimalist and modern architecture of WeeGee, designed by architect Aarno Ruusuvuori, allows for the collections and changing exhibitions of EMMA, Saastamoinen Foundation and Tapio Wirkkala Rut Bryk Foundation to be displayed in an experience-focused way.
WeeGee Exhibition Centre
WeeGee Exhibition Centre is a versatile museum, exhibition and event hub. WeeGee operates in the old Weilin&Göös printing press building designed by Professor Aarno Ruusuvuori (1925–1992) in Tapiola, Espoo.
Designed and built by the artist Akseli Gallen-Kallela (1865–1931), the castle-like Tarvaspää studio and residence was opened to the public in 1961 as the Gallen-Kallela Museum. In its changing exhibitions, the museum showcases the life and art of Gallen-Kallela and his contemporaries, as well as modern art. The museum offers a wide range of activities and events and serves as a centre for information on Akseli Gallen-Kallela.
Helinä Rautavaara Museum
Helinä Rautavaara (1928–1998) was a quirky explorer, journalist and collector who toured the world tirelessly. She wanted to see, experience, understand and participate in the life of various communities. The collection and stories of Helinä Rautavaara come alive in the museum. Rautavaara compiled Finland’s largest collection of West African items, tens of thousands of photos, hundreds of hours of audio recordings and dozens of hours of cine film. The museum continues Rautavaara’s legacy by bringing different people together and promoting understanding and dialogue between cultures in many ways.
Finnish Toy Museum Hevosenkenkä
Finnish Toy Museum Hevosenkenkä, located at WeeGee Exhibition Centre, is specialised in play, toys and childhood history. The Toy Museum will be closed from 8 March 2021 onwards due to renovations. The new Toy Museum, a wonderland of play and toys, will open in spring 2022, at an estimate.
Finnish Clock and Jewelry Museum
The Finnish Clock and Jewelry Museum is the only museum in the Nordic region specialised in horology and the history of clocks. The permanent exhibition Aika koneita is about the history of horology from sundials to wrist-tip computers. Due to changes, the museum is closed and will open in new facilities in spring 2022.
The exhibition operations of the Espoo Visual Artists Association are concentrated in Gallery Aarni. The gallery showcases modern art in exhibitions that change every four weeks. The facilities of Gallery Aarni also house the Espoo Artotheque which offers a wide variety of works by professional Espoo-based artists. Key parts of the operations include exhibitions, opening ceremonies, discussion events, school groups’ visits and cooperation with other operators in the culture sector.
Nature House Villa Elfvik
Villa Elfvik was built in 1904 as a private home. The building has served as an environmental education centre since 1992. Long Live Espoo, the permanent exhibition at the nature house, introduces visitors of all ages to Espoo’s diverse nature. The temporary exhibitions focus on nature and sustainable lifestyles from various perspectives. Exhibitions can also be borrowed from the nature house.