Helsinki’s Museum of Finnish Architecture dedicates three stories to design, with a special focus on Finnish architecture from 1900-1970 in its permanent collection on the second floor. The Finnish collection is especially interesting for those interested in Modernism and renowned Finnish architects like Alvar Aalto.
Located in Helsinki’s design district, first floor temporary exhibits showcase both international and Finnish architecture.
As the second-oldest museum of architecture in the world, a visit to the small museum is an interesting way to learn about Finnish culture and Scandinavian style. Located in a beautiful neo-renaissance building dating back to 1899, the archives on the second floor are open to the public and feature over 50,000 drawings, many of which are originals. The archives also include an extensive selection of photographs, slides, and models. On the ground floor there’s a bookshop and library.
On Kasarmikatu 24, the Museum of Finnish Architecture is open Tuesday to Sunday from 11am - 6pm, and on Wednesdays from 11 am - 8 pm. Admission costs 6 EUR for adults, though it’s worth getting the 12 EUR combi-ticket which will also give you entry to Helsinki’s Design Museum, two minutes’ walk round the corner. On the first Friday of every month, there’s free entry to the architecture museum. The museum is easily walkable from the city center, or you can take tram 10, which stops just in front of the Design Museum.