HAM Helsinki Art Museum
Helsinki Art Museum, HAM
The Helsinki Art Museum, HAM, looks after an art collection that belongs to the people of Helsinki, which includes more than 9,000 works of art. HAM is tasked with maintaining and increasing this art collection that also includes public artworks on display around the city. HAM showcases modern and contemporary art in Finnish and international exhibitions organised at the Tennis Palace.
HAM at Tennis Palace
HAM’s main exhibition rooms are located at the Tennis Palace, next to the Kamppi Shopping Centre, which can be easily reached from anywhere in Helsinki using public transport. HAM’s ticket counter is located on the second floor of Tennis Palace. In the ticket lobby you can also find the HAM Shop, the cloakroom and a lounge. The exhibition facilities are located on the second and third floors. HAM’s newest facility in Tennis Palace is the HAM Corner, which is located at street level on the corner of Eteläinen rautatienkatu and Jaakonkatu.
HAM in the city
HAM’s collection comprises more than 9,000 works of art, of which roughly 3,500 are on public display in schools, health care centres and offices, for example. The most visible part of the art collection are the sculptures on display day and night in the streets, squares and parks of Helsinki. The goal is to distribute art evenly to all areas of Helsinki. The sculptures can also be viewed online in the sculpture bank maintained by HAM. HAM has also compiled self-guided trails for enjoying the sculptures. Artworks included in HAM’s collection are regularly on display in exhibitions organised at Tennis Palace.
HAM as a regional art museum
Finland has 16 regional art museums that promote and control the operations of art museums and develop cooperation between museums in their respective areas. HAM is the regional art museum for Uusimaa and its tasks include organising seminars, meetings and training and info sessions for the art museums operating in the region, and providing expert advice in its field of expertise.