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Design Museum, Helsinki

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#7 of 57 in Museums in Helsinki
Art Museum · Hidden Gem · Specialty Museum
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The boundary between fine art and design blurs at Design Museum, where a comprehensive set of exhibits cover all genres of design from clothing to furniture, and even advertising. Temporary and permanent exhibits showcase famous local designs, such as Tove Jansson's Moomin creations. Some exhibits are sculptures that take up an entire room, while others are functional designs that combine beauty and utility. On some evenings, the museum hosts a night with the artist. You can easily purchase a ticket the day of your visit; there are rarely lines or crowds. Add Design Museum to your Helsinki travel itinerary, and discover new vacation ideas by using our Helsinki tour planner.
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Design Museum reviews

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4.2
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  • Extremely disappointing maybe because one section was closed and it may have held one section of the gems. However the current display was almost no curation at all or left overs from way too long... 
    Extremely disappointing maybe because one section was closed and it may have held one section of the gems. However the current display was almost no curation at all or left overs from way too long...  more »
  • I enjoyed this museum, it's not too big so it's easy to absorb and enjoy all the exhibits. Nice highlight of all the designers we know! 
    I enjoyed this museum, it's not too big so it's easy to absorb and enjoy all the exhibits. Nice highlight of all the designers we know!  more »
  • An absolutely wonderful museum featuring both permanent and temporary exhibits. I loved that it showcased practical application of design work from broad to niche consumers. Added bonus:. terrific.....  more
    An absolutely wonderful museum featuring both permanent and temporary exhibits. I loved that it showcased practical application of design work from broad to niche consumers. Added bonus:. terrific.....  more »
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  • Well, this is very well done! It will show you the most important and iconic designers, products and thoughts in Finnish history of design. I really like how they apply equity and inclusion as a part of the presentation of the design. I would appreciate more engaging elements and more accessible materials for different needs. Otherwise it was nice experience.
  • Very nice collection. Perhaps a bit smaller than I would have expected taking into consideration the amount of important designers in the country. I’m an interior designer and enjoyed seeing the iconic pieces.
  • All in all, it is a nice museum and it provides interesting information! Unfortunately, many things were under maintenance or closed due to Covid. Furthermore, half of the exhibition is about Fashion which is quite a lot.
  • The Design Museum is another impressive Neo-Gothic edifice you’ll encounter in Helsinki. You can visit this museum together with the Architecture one, which is right next corner, with one combined ticket. Finland is internationally famous for its cutting-edge design and the Design Museum showcases the nation’s history of industrial, fashion, and graphic design from the late 19th century to the present day.
  • Pretty cool, not the biggest museum out there. It has a big focus on glassware and glass art on the second floor. The first floor has an exhibition with more broad design topics, like fashion and furniture which is interesting!

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