The Museum’s Birthday Party: Children’s Disco
Saturday the 13th of May is a day of celebration at the Helsinki City Museum. It has been a year since the new museum opened, and we would like to invite everyone to party with us!
Starting at 1 P.M, the museum’s lobby is taken over by DJ Luca Gargano and his five-year old sidekick DJ Wilma. The air will be filled with danceable tunes both kids and grown-ups can dance and party to! Alongside the disco, from 1 P.M to 4 P.M, a magician twists and turns balloons into wondrous shapes and figures.
The more artsy-and-craftsy guests can venture into Falkman’s Wing where kids can use a treasure trove of materials to create birthday crowns of their liking.
Early evening program
After 4 P.M, the birthday program goes on a trip through the decades. The industriously talkative duo Aune & Hilma bring their greetings from the 1950s, as they ponder and comment the modern way of life. In the Kasari Room, guests can snap Polaroids and handle strange 1980s stuff. A crowd favorite from the Music!-exhibition makes a grand return, as the Dance Wall teaches guests about dances from the decades.
Adventurous guests can join the museum’s new Ghost Walk -tour, which visits the dead returned who still haunt the museum’s vicinity. Learn about urban legends and how they are created at 4 and 6 P.M. The Ghost Walk guidance is in Finnish.
Producers of the soon-to-open Helsexinki exhibition meet-and-greet guests on the 4th floor of the museum.
The Museum’s Birthday Party: Part Two – Disco Fever
Get ready to get down! As the program in the museum quiets down, the doors of the Valkoinen Sali are opened, and inside we find – Disco Fever! From 7 P.M until 11 P.M, the legendary DJ Mr. A will spin his disco records, not forgetting the latest hits from this era. The theme of the night is 1970s-80s disco, and so the groove will be on. If for some reason the groove fails to be on, do not worry: dance teacher extraordinaire Kimmo L is there to show you the moves!
One cannot be truly disco without some glitz and glamour, and we have that covered as well: the super-popular makeup & mayhem team of Glitternisti paints willing guests with their amazing designs.
If the fever runs too hot, guests can cool off in the museum, and watch some Eurovision Song Contest on the side. The museum is open until 1 A.M.
The Helsinki City Museum on the corner of the Senate Square opened in May 2016. In less than a year, the museum has attracted over 400 thousand visitors, making it one of the top three museums in Finland. The new museum and its visual identity have garnered both national and international acclaim, the latest being a nomination in the prestigious Museums+Heritage Awards.