Kansallismuseo

Finnish history dressed in pastels

A large portion of Finnish history is housed in the National Musem of Finland, a historically significant National Romantic building designed by famed architects Herman Gesellius, Armas Lindgren and Eliel Saarinen. The museum, surrounded by a peaceful garden, was first opened to the public in 1916.

The building’s long history, along with the newly reformed brand identity and service design process, gave a clear direction for the new interior design concept of the entrance and museum shop. The aim was to serve different groups of people and strengthen the visitor experience. The spaces were designed to feel more welcoming and open, and to cater for various museum activities and events.

The museum shop is now located in a beautifully vaulted space that formerly housed the pre-historic exhibition. The shop space now includes a pop-up exhibition area, separated and defined with playfully shaped folding screens. On the second floor, a picturesque space with views over Töölönlahti bay was designed to be used for various types of workshops and events. A pedagogical collection of historical items was placed in a large vitrine, which al-lows the items to be viewed from various angles.