(FINNBAY) – Helsinki, 16 February 2014. Helsinki City Museum will open a new museum in May 2016 in a unique location at the corner of the capital’s iconic Senate Square.
The new museum will act as a hub within Helsinki’s historic centre, offering free entry to all visitors. Visitors will be able to access buildings of great historic and cultural value, which until now have been used as office space. The city’s historic quarters will gain a new focal point, where the stories of the city and its people will come to life.
“Helsinki City Museum has a really great location. This is an excellent opportunity to get the public to join in renewing the museum’s activities. The Museum will be home to the facilities that are flexible for many purposes such as hanging out or exhibitions”, says project manager of the City Museum, Ulla Teräs.
Access to the museum will be via entrances on Aleksanterinkatu and Katariinankatu. The museum will extend across much of the quarter’s northern side and will also encompass the Children’s Town exhibition at the Sederholm House (1,600 square feet in total). The museum quarter’s delightful inner courtyards will also become part of the museum experience.
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In the new setting, the museum’s activities will also undergo an overhaul. Together with Helsinki’s residents, we hope to create something entirely new – something that we, for now, cannot even imagine. Above all, the new City Museum is intended to be a museum for all – and an opportunity for absolutely everyone to fall in love with Helsinki, says The New Museum.