The truth is that it looks like anything but a museum. Because when you see it from afar, it looks like a church, a reformatory, or a convent. But once you get a little closer you can see that it's built with educational purposes in mind. As I said, there were three winners of an architectural competition that took place at the beginning of last century. Each wing has something that distinguishes it from the others, but overall it is a perfect example of Finnish neo-Romanticism. I was very sorry not to be able to go, because it seems that the way it's presented is quite fun. It has become the nation's favorite museum.
The Atheneum Art Museum is the country´s national gallery. Its purpose is to care, develop, explore and present the most important art collections in Finland. Through its exhibitions and other activities, The Atheneum promotes awareness and appreciation of the visual arts and cultural heritage both in country and internationally. It is located in the main square of Helsinki´s central railway station.
The Atheneum building was designed by architect Theodor Höijer and opened in 1887 and is considered a national monument. Among its recent exhibitions have been figures as important as Picasso and huge Finnish artists in painting and photography. Its one of the most important museums to visit in Helsinki, and across the country. Its costs about 9 euros to get in and is closed on Mondays.
Located in Espoo, Uusimaa province, Finland, this interesting museum is called The Gallen-Kallela Museum. It was built to be dedicated to the great Finnish artist Akseli Gallen-Kallela. The artist had his studio at this location between the years of 1911 and 1913, and he called it his castle in the air. In this museum you will find a large collection of his paintings, graphics, posters, paintings, drawings, photographs and works of applied art, in addition to personal effects and documents.
The Museum "Espoon Automuseum" is one of the best places to visit in Espoo town, in the province of Uusimaa, Finland. Besides having excellent works, you'll be able to appreciate the whole place, and it has been set up so that the visitor can quietly contemplate everything.
The Espoo City Museum (Espoo) is in Weegee, former Weilin & Goos presses in Tapiola. The building is made of concrete and glass. It houses a permanent exhibition about time travel in Espoo. There is a new exhibition every year relating to current events. Workshops, demonstrations, lectures and tours as part of the exhibition are available.
The Museum Kello (Espoo) is a museum whose main objective is studying and collecting watches manufactured or used in Finland and to promote the dissemination of the knowledge of watchmaking. The museum is open from Friday to Sunday from 11-6 pm and Wednesday and Thursday from 11-20. At this museum, visitors can admire a variety of clocks made by Maukonen and considered great rarities.