I love Helsinki and I’m definitely a bit of a sucker for the days gone by, which makes the Helsinki City Museum one of my favorite places in the city. And I’m not alone! The recently completely rebuilt museum is one of the most popular museums in the city competing with the big national art museums. There’s no excuse not to have a look inside, because the museum is always free!
On the first floor you can jump into a real(!) time machine or take funny photos in a photo booth, in the Helsinki Bites exhibition you can sit in a 1950s’ living room listening to the radio or sit in an old pub listening to old tunes from a jukebox. There are sad tales of the war time and crimes committed in Helsinki. And also a cool bit about the skateboarding culture!
The top floor houses changing exhibitions that always surprise you – no tales of boring old Finnish people you’ve never heard of and will forget after a second, but in everyday life in Helsinki. The one until September 2018 is called ‘Helsinki Clubbing – 30 years of smoke and strobe’ and the museum promises that there will be some parties coming up!
The museum is situated in the oldest city blocks of Helsinki. Look for a pale blue house in the corner of the Senate square next to the white Helsinki Cathedral. It is the Children’s Town section of the museum, dedicated especially for kids.