The Helsinki City Museum is the world’s only museum focusing on Helsinki. Personal experiences and everyday life of people in Helsinki are highlighted and reflected in the museum’s items and photographs. A Kiss-kiss candy wrapper, a squeaky steel spring bed and a photo of a suburb home yard are precious treasures in the museum. The Helsinki City Museum is located in the oldest blocks of the city near the Senate Square, and entrance is always free of charge. In the City Museum, everyone has the opportunity to fall in love with Helsinki. Four other museums—the Hakasalmi Villa, the Burgher’s House Museum, the Worker Housing Museum and the Tram Museum—are also a part of the Helsinki City Museum. The museum’s collections comprise of approximately one million photographs and 450,000 items. In addition, it fosters buildings and environments of cultural historical value and operates as the regional museum for Central Uusimaa. Helsinki City Museum's vision for 2018 is: Everyone has the opportunity to fall in love with Helsinki.
Helsinki Art Museum, HAM, is located in 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. HAM showcases modern and contemporary art in both Finnish and international exhibitions.
HAM tends to an art collection that belongs to the people of Helsinki. The collection includes more than 9,000 works of art that are on display not only at the Tennis Palace, but all over the city. HAM's mission is to bring joy and courage to the city and its citizens. The goal is to distribute art evenly to all areas of Helsinki.
The most visible part of the art collection are the sculptures on display day and night in the city’s streets, squares and parks. HAM maintains and accrues the City of Helsinki’s collection of public art. In total, there are nearly 500 outdoor sculptures, works of environmental art and historical monuments on display for everyone to enjoy in the Helsinki region. The sculptures can also be viewed online in the sculpture bank maintained by HAM. Public art can also be appreciated through self-guided, app-based sculpture trails.
HAM is also present at Kamppi, one of the busiest metro stations in Helsinki. The HAM metro is located on the platform, and the artworks on display there can be enjoyed by everyone who purchased a ticket for the metro. In addition to the changing exhibitions of the HAM metro, the art collection that belong to the people of Helsinki is showcased in other parts of the Kamppi metro station. Ipi Kärki’s painting 'Maa, ilma, tuli ja vesi' (Earth, wind, fire and water) can be seen by anyone going down the escalator, and Otto Karvonen’s sculpture ensemble 'Kaupungin juuret' (Roots of the city) brightens the day on the platform.