The Helsinki City Museum records life in Helsinki into its collections with items ranging from candy wrappers to square pianos, calling cards to trams and works of art to building parts – with a treasure of one million photographs of Helsinki. The collections do not only include old items; documenting the present-day life is just as important.
Each item or photograph of the collection tells its own, tiny part of the history of Helsinki and its residents. Work with the collections aims at bringing the stories told by them also to the ears of future Helsinkians. Pictures, items and other treasures of the collections can be browsed online in the Finna service. Photographs can be ordered from the Picture Archives.
The collections mainly grow through donations and documentation of the present time. Each acquisition is carefully considered as the collection is already quite extensive in many parts and the storage space is limited. The majority of the collection is processed in the collection centres. Only a fraction of the collection is presented in exhibitions at any given time.