This museum was a perfect introduction to the history of Finnish design for me, as someone who enjoys beautiful, practical things, but doesn't have much background knowledge.
The main exhibit on the first floor traces the evolution of Finnish Design from the latter part of the 19th century through today. Each room covered maybe 20 years. The chronological set-up was very user-friendly. Each room has one or two large explanatory notes on a wall that connects the design trends with the social/cultural/political/economic forces of the of that time period. Basic, but I got a lot out of reading them.
The exhibit was very traditional in the sense of "pottery behind glass" and "furniture behind rope" and "clothing hanging from hangers." But the items were interesting, and seeing them in a museum made me look at them in a different way.
The temporary exhibits upstairs didn't leave much of an impression, and the lighting was gloomy up there. There was no temporary exhibit when I went downstairs.
I only had about an hour to visit this museum, but it was sufficient to take my time and really enjoy the permanent exhibit. I prefer to spend about 90 minutes or less in a museum, after which I get museum fatigue, so this suited me well.
The small gift shop is a bit cramped, but has a nice selection of objects, some of which I didn't see elsewhere. When the items were ones I had seen elsewhere, the prices were the same. However, the gift shop doesn't do tax-free shopping.
For the rest of my trip, I felt like my visit to this museum made me see the items I saw in stores in a new light, and I feel like I have a better sense of the significance of every day objects, and their form, function, and provenance, than I did before.
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