Q&A

When will the New City Museum open?

The new museum is due to open in May 2016. The new site requires extensive renovation, and the refurbishment project kicked off in May 2014. The Children’s Town exhibition at Sederholm House closed at the end of April 2014 to make way for the building works.

Why is the City Museum moving?

The move is part of wider efforts to regenerate the old quarters in the centre of Helsinki and to make the area’s historic buildings, previously used as office space, accessible to residents and visitors alike. The New City Museum at Senate Square will offer a more up-to-date and connected setting for the City Museum. Furthermore, by concentrating our operations, we will be able to improve our services over the long term.

What sort of changes will you be making to the site in Senate Square during the renovation process?

As the buildings surrounding Sederholm House are renovated, new state-of-the-art exhibition and office spaces will be created for the City Museum. The museum will occupy several floors within the quarter. Sederholm House will be linked to the new premises via a walkway. Additionally, a new section will be constructed at the site to link Remander House and the Valkoinen sali building, allowing complete access across the entire space.

How many visitors is the new museum expected to attract?

We estimate that the new City Museum will attract 200,000 visitors in its first full year. In 2013, the six City Museum sites across Helsinki attracted a total of 202,000 visitors.

What will be the total floor area of the new City Museum?

A total of some 1600m² will be open to the public. The museum will also spread across three inner courtyards.

What will happen to the Children’s Town exhibition at Sederholm House?

Children’s Town closed at the end of April 2014 to make way for the refurbishment works. However, it will continue to form part of the New City Museum and will re-open in May 2016.

Where is the City Museum currently based?

The City Museum’s six different sites each tell the story of Helsinki in their own distinctive way. Sofiankatu 4, located between Kauppatori Market and Senate Square, is home to the Mad about Helsinki exhibition. Sederholm House, the oldest building in central Helsinki, is dedicated to young museum goers. Hakasalmi Villa at Töölönlahti Bay is known for example for its excellent photography exhibitions. The tiny Burgher’s House offers visitors a glimpse into bourgeois life in the 1860s. At the Worker Housing Museum, the so-called stove rooms look as though their inhabitants have only just popped out for an errand or two. Finally, at the Tram Museum at Korjaamo, visitors can explore the history of this fascinating mode of transport, including taking a seat inside a historic tram carriage.

Where will the City Museum be based after 2016?

From 2016, the Helsinki City Museum will be based at the corner of Aleksanterinkatu and Katariinankatu. The museum will occupy several floors within the quarter. The Children’s Town exhibition at Sederholm House will also be incorporated into the new museum. The museum will also continue to operate at Hakasalmi Villa, the Burgher’s House, the Worker Housing Museum and the Tram Museum at Korjaamo.

What will happen to Sofiankatu 4 after it is vacated by the City Museum?

The property will be managed by the Tori Quarters. It is envisaged that the space will be used for commercial purposes. Further information is available from Tori Quarter’s Operative Director, Peggy Bauer, tel: 040 828 3140 or [email protected]