All items are protected from dust and issued a barcode. Photo: Ilari Järvinen/Finnish Heritage Agency.

Research opportunities and collections services


Due to extensive collection relocations and construction work at the National Museum of Finland and the Finnish Heritage Agency, research visits to the collections of the National Museum of Finland will not be possible between 1 January 2023 and 31 December 2024. The extensive collection transfers and relocations will keep the museum’s collection staff exceptionally busy and limit the use of the collections. Visits that have already been scheduled and ongoing research projects will be carried out as agreed.


Research opportunities, see above

Researchers and other customers may use the National Museum’s collections, catalogues and index cards, photographs related to the artefacts and the reference library on request. Studying the material usually requires a research and/or photography permit.

Our staff will provide expert advice on collections. A sufficient amount of time must be allocated to accessing and handling the objects, and accessing an extensive number of artefacts simultaneously may not always be possible.

Some of the collections are open for the public at the Finna service, which is continuously being expanded.

The Archives and Information Services of the National Board of Antiquities is in charge of the prehistoric collections, picture collections and the library, open here.

The material in the Maritime Museum’s document collections can be reserved to be studied at the Information Centre Vellamo’s researchers’ workspace.

  • Material enquiries for the Maritime Museum: Timo Kunttu, tel. +358 (0) 295 33 6488,
  • Researchers’ workspace reservations: Information Centre Vellamo’s customer services, open here

Collections services

We provide collection care and storage services at the Finnish Heritage Agency’s Collections and Conservation Centre in Hakkila, Vantaa, which has 9,000 m2 of climate-controlled storage space.

More information about the storage services is provided by:

  • Heidi Rajala, tel. +358 (0) 295 33 6502,
  • Marja Pelanne, tel. +358 (0) 295 33 6343,