Reaching out across Finland – and beyond
As Finland’s sole national museum specializing in architecture, the MFA is the custodian of an extensive and internationally significant collection of exhibits. The museum is also an active and prominent expert contributor in seminars, lectures and architectural forums both in Finland and around the world. Founded in 1956, we are the world’s second oldest museum of architecture. Housed in a striking neo-Renaissance edifice in the Helsinki Design District of Kaartinkaupunki, the museum offers a unique experience for onsite visitors.
We offer an individualized experience of architecture and tools for understanding our common built heritage. Our changing lineup of exhibitions takes an in-depth look at Finnish and international architecture from its early history to the present day, while our permanent exhibition takes visitors on a journey through past decades in Finnish architecture. As part of our community outreach programme, we move beyond the walls of the museum with our lineup of experiential architectural walks and other community events, inviting the public to see and appreciate the built environment from fresh perspectives in its native context. Our services also include an extensive public library and museum bookshop, open during the museum’s opening hours. The archives are open from 10 am to 4 pm from Tuesday to Friday.
Moreover, our A&O room is an inspiring space, where families and children can learn about architecture through fun and play. The room is open for all visitors during the regular opening hours of the museum. The last Saturday of every month, we organise family workshops at 1 pm. Welcome!