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Last Christmas we wanted to give each other unmaterial gifts so we ended up getting Museum Cards! The “Museum card”, which costs about 60 euros, gives free access to over 200 museums in Finland. That’s why we spend often the weekends in different museums.
This weekend we went to the Museum of Natural History and HAM, The Helsinki Art Museum. The first one was decided for Iris’s interest in animals, and the second for us. We also went for a coffee break to a Moomin Cafe (click the link to read more) nearby the museums. We highly recommend it!
The Museum of Natural History is classified into different categories and this time we focused on Finnish nature and wildlife. Iris was our leader and she made all the decisions about what to see.
The most interesting animal was definitely the lobby’s huge elephant.
he Museum has very dark lights and it can be scary – the animals look so real and they are really huge in their natural size but Iris didn't care, she just laughed and ran all over the place.
We were really interested in HAM, because there’s a new exhibition of Finnish Modernism. The exhibition is a wonderful mixture of Finnish architecture, design, visual art and photography between 1917 and 1968. The exhibition has been kicked up to celebrate Finland’s 100th anniversary this year in 2017!
In the first decades of its independence, Finland was transformed from a poor country into a modern, urbanizing and international country by the generation of talented artists who succeeded in the international markets and gained the reputations for Finland all around the world. “The Finnish success story” is thus based mostly on immaterial assets and craftsmanship.
We Finns love our own designers and most of us have our own pot of Alvar Aalto or other famous pieces of glass art at home. Almost everyone owns at least one piece of clothing designed by Marimekko or a decorative by Aarikka. We never seem to get bored with them and they have remained as popular gift items for decades and reached international reputation.
This exhibition was stunning! Unfortunately, Iris couldn’t concentrate on the exhibition for very long and she got tired and hungry quite fast. (She clearly liked more the animals…)
HAM has also other very interesting exhibitions and we visit there a lot! It is one of our favourite museums in Helsinki at the moment and it is easy to go with kids.
Cover Photo by Visit Finland
Aura & Elias
A father, a mother and a daughter, Iris, born in July 2015. Like many little girls, Iris loves to take care of her dolls and play with her toys. Father, Elias, is a classical musician. He plays the flute and teaches flute playing. He dreams about extending his professional skills to the field of instrument repairing. Mother Aura has finished her studies at the University of Helsinki and at the moment she takes care of Iris at home. Together we love to travel, enjoy cultural events and eat tasty food. We appreciate clean, healthy and ecological lifestyle even though we live in the middle of Helsinki. In our blog you’ll find stories about our urban life as a Finnish family.