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Design Museum Helsinki is a National Special Museum in Finland that selects and maintains a design collection. The museum is responsible for research and documentation in its field, and for holding exhibitions on design history and contemporary design. The museum also organizes international touring exhibitions on Finnish art and design.
Design Museum Helsinki was founded in 1873 as a study collection for the arts and crafts school. It has operated in its current premises since 1978. The museum building was designed in 1894 by Architect Gustaf Nyström. In 1989, the Foundation of the Museum of Art and Design was established to support the activities of Design Museum.
Design Museum has three exhibitions on display: Collections Exhibition Utopia Now – The Story of Finnish Design, and two changing exhibitions, at the moment available exhibitions Travel as a Tool – Nordic Designers on the Road, and Soil Matters. The Collections Exhibition presents the integral role of design in the evolution of the Finnish welfare state. It has five themes illustrating the history of design through living stories.
Design Museum Helsinki also hosts lovely Design Café Taito, and Design Shop.