My old work place, HAM Helsinki Art Museum exhibits modern and contemporary art in a beautiful 1930s building called the Tennis Palace. The museum just got a new name and look and now we try to live by the idea that “Art is popcorn for the brain”! What I loved the most about working at HAM was that I was actually working for all the people of Helsinki by taking care of their own art collection.
My tip, if you’re traveling on a budget, is to visit HAM’s free galleries. One showcase works from the museum collection, HAM Gallery is dedicated to young, upcoming Finnish stars and HAM Corner on the ground floor exhibits works that the visitor can somehow become part of. I also urge you to visit the toilets inside the museum – don’t ask, just go and have a look. The last Friday evening of the month the whole museum is always free.
The part of the museum which requires an entrance ticket displays changing contemporary art exhibitions. The first floor halls are dedicated to the museum’s collection of Finnish modern art and works of the beloved Finnish artist Tove Jansson, also known as the mother of the cute but peculiar Moomintrolls.