Here you will find the complete set of 906 Signe Brander photographs depicting Helsinki a century ago, and many other materials illustrating the lives of Helsinki residents in the past. Browse the collection’s treasures, from plastic bags to blowdryers and transport tickets to works of art, and also find historical information on buildings in Helsinki.
Ask the Museum
We will answer your questions about Helsinki’s history and the museum’s operations. Send your question with or without a photo. You might already find the answer in the Ask the Museum service, so please also see the previously asked questions.
Museum Guide Uusimaa
Discover the broad range of museums in Helsinki-Uusimaa region! Find a museum using our versatile search functions or check out what’s happening now on our news page. Museum itineraries give you tips where to go and what places to visit.
The Picture Paths online exhibition is a part of a photo exhibition opened during spring 2011 on the streets of Helsinki. The old pictures form six paths that can be followed in the districts of Katajanokka, Töölö, Kallio, Pasila, Malmi and Herttoniemi.
Art Nouveau in Helsinki
Art Nouveau, or Jugend style, flourished in Helsinki at the turn of the 19th century. With the help of this guide, it is easy to pick out tasty treats from among Helsinki’s Art Nouveau treasures. The guide is available in eight languages, and it also includes Art Nouveau walking and tram tours.
Art nouveau online games for children
Helsinki is one of the nicest Art nouveau cities, and Helsinki City Museum is part of the international Réseau Art Nouveau -network. The network´s web page offers activities for children to discover Art nouveau through 3 interactive games allowing them to identify and memorize Art Nouveau patterns and characteristics.