The collections of the National Museum of Finland and the Finnish Heritage Agency are our cultural heritage – our shared national heritage. They are our shared memory and resource. The collections describe people’s lives, the society, events and history. They also inspire, give rise to new ideas and increase understanding and knowledge.
Collections of the National Museum Of Finland
The collections of the National Museum of Finland were first established in the late 18th century. The collections consist of material from different eras that were originally acquired by different institutions. The collections were later combined to form the State Historical Museum in 1893. Since the 1880s, collections were gathered with the planned national museum in mind.
After the National Museum of Finland was opened in 1916, the collections have been expanded systematically. Currently, they consist of the Coin chamber collection, historical collections, ethnological collections, the independence era collection, ethnographic collections, Finno-Ugric collections and the collections of the Maritime Museum of Finland. With around 550,000 artefacts, they form the most comprehensive cultural history collection in Finland. The collections are expanded systematically and actively, also by documenting current phenomena.
Study the collections of the National Museum of Finland Each month, we present one interesting artefact from our collections: browse the objects of the month
The collections of the National Museum of Finland can also be browsed through the
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Browse the 3D models of artefacts of the Maritime Museum of Finland Watch stories about the National Museum’s artefacts in Yle Areena
Watch video presentations about the Häme Castle weapons and the stained glass of the National Museum of Finland
Spring sky blue images from the collections of the National Museum of Finland
Image 1: Decoration: Order of the White Rose of Finland, the Grand Cross with swords from 1919.
Image 2: Ten markka banknote from 1986. Coin chamber.
Image 3: Miniature from the late 18th century. Historical collections, Armfelt collection.