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Changing exhibitions in Tampere


There are many interesting exhibitions in Tampere, permanent and changing – we have gathered here the current changing exhibitions, you can find more information on the permanent exhibitions from venues’ websites.


Moomin Museum

In this spring What happens next? exhibition will be renewed and the space for changing exhibitions (Observatory) in Moomin Museum will be expanded. Because of the renovation Moomin Museum will be closed during 22.3.-16.4.2021. All original Tove Jansson illustrations will also be changed to new treasures selected from the museums collection. 

As the museum opens in April, there’s From Mardie to the Noisy Village: Ilon Wikland’s storybook illustrations at Observatory. She is known especially for the illustrations of Astrid Lindgren’s books. Observatory’s winter exhibition is Joy Everyday: the Illustration Art of Camilla Mickwitz. Camilla Mickwitz’s personally colorful style is timeless and original. The exhibition has been implemented in collaboration with the Children’s Literature Institute.


Museum Centre Vapriikki

Museum Centre Vapriikki will open two big changing exhibitions in 2021. In March they are opening the Knights-exhibition which leads you to wild adventures and the Tampere liekeissä -exhibition opens in Juni. You can expect harsh training, brilliant tournaments, and luxurious life in castles, but also heroic stories of firefighters at Tampere.

The Theatre City 7.6.2019-31.12.2021. June brings the opening of an exhibition on the theatrical history of Tampere, rich with emotion, struggles, and great stories. With this exhibition, Vapriikki brings back selected scenes played out on the stages of our city’s numerous theatres. The spotlight is on the play – from Hamlet to West Side Story – and on famous thespians, among them the divas of their day.

Ostia, Gateway to Rome 1.11.2019—10.1.2021. This exhibition introduces the bustling life of Ostia, the ancient port city of Rome. Museum guests will walk the streets and alleys of Ostia, where the riverboats to Rome are loaded, and where the locals trade, worship the gods, visit the spa, and spend time at the tavern. On display are objects relating to the city and everyday life within it: statues, amphorae, money, gaming chips, toys, jewelry, and objects associated with beauty care, school, and slavery. Younger visitors can take part in the hunt for Fortuna’s lost treasure chest. 

Finlayson 200 – a factory that became a brand 23.6.2020—. The ‘Finlayson 200’ exhibition presents the development of the Finlayson factory on the banks of the Tammerkoski rapids into the Nordic region’s largest industrial enterprise and beyond, with adaptation to a new, post-industrial era.

Tuesday Dinner – A Food Trip to the Seventies 2.6.2020-31.1.2021. Tuesday Dinner dives into the world of the strong, bold, and colourful food pictures and easy recipes of the 1970s.

Postal Museum’s exhibition: Unforgettable letters from Finland 14.2.2020-31.1.2021. Letters conveying both big and small emotions are the stars of this exhibition. The touching letters are about love, joy, excitement, sadness, yearning, worries, hope, and sympathy. Visitors can enjoy some of the letters exhibited as interpreted by the much-loved actors Seela Sella and Esko Roine.

In 2021 Postal Museum is centralizing the newspaper and its delivery. The museum opens A cup of coffee and the morning paper -exhibition on 23 April. It brings out the importance of a morning paper, its digital breakout, and the role of the distributors. The exhibition shows the whole journey of the paper from print to the mailbox and to the breakfast table, ending to what is the paper used for after that.

Finnish Museum of Games’ exhibition: Old Board Game Treasures 8.9.2020-4.1.2021. The Old Board Game Treasures exhibition turns the spotlight on six nearly forgotten board games from 1879 to 1975. A selection of eloquent, visually appealing game boards from the 1870s to the present day is also on display. Replicas of old board games are available for visitors to play.


Tampere Art Museum

Tampere Art Museum is celebrating the centenary of the Tampere Artists’ Association with SKOOL!-exhibition. The museum presents works from the whole history of the association until 23.5.  

In summer 2021 there is the exhibition of the young artist of the year Joel Slotte and also Matti Kalkamo’s exhibition. The exhibitions are open from 12.6–5.9.2021. In the autumn the Tampere Art Museum 90 years -exhibition is showing the development of the collections and their special features and also the history and the ups and downs of the museum.


Hiekka Art Museum

The Art Collection consists of almost 400 pieces of art, mainly Finnish art from the 1850’s until today.

Double-Eagle 12.3.2020–17.1.2021. Items from the Tsarist era.


Sara Hildén Art Museum

Associates 12.9.2020–17.1.2021. The featured artists of the Associates exhibition are at the same time members of the Tampere Artists’ Association and represented in the Sara Hildén Foundation Collection: Tomas Byström, Tuula Lehtinen, Osmo Rauhala, Teemu Saukkonen, Jyrki Siukonen and Ilkka Väätti.

For the spring Sara Hildéns Art Museum is filled with a collection of artist Kari Vehosalo’s private exhibition. In summer there’s Sara Hildén foundation based theme exhibition Taiteen tiloja, tilojen taidetta, which discusses the relation of art and space. Autumn’s international exhibition presents Marcel Dzama’s art. It’s the first museum exhibition of Dzama in Nordic countries. 


The National Police Museum

The Police Museum brings us the special exhibition celebrating the centennial year of Finland’s independence, Public order collapses 1917 – When hatred became a virtue and revenge a merit takes museum visitors through the turmoil of the birth year of independent Finland. What happens when opposing opinions divide a country and citizens no longer trust the authorities? The exhibition is on display until October 31.


The Finnish Labour Museum Werstas

The Steam Engine Museum introduces the largest steam engine in Finland at its original location. The flywheel of the machine is eight meters wide and it has 1600 horsepower. The machine was used at the Finlayson mill in the early 20th century. Exhibition Meirän kaupunki tells about the working life of the factory city in the decades of the 20th century. In the exhibition you can step into the cooperative shop or feel the workplace’s atmosphere. The Museum of Freedom is an exhibition which looks at Finnish society and the history of independence. The protagonists of the conducting exhibition are ordinary Finns and different minorities instead of great men.

Memories from Finlayson – 200 years of the factory site 21.2.2020-6.1.2021. Memories from Finlayson exhibition tells about the experiences of people who have worked in the factory area for 200 years. In addition, the exhibition features personal portraits of those currently working in the area.


Lenin Museum

The changing theme of the exhibition currently presents socialist childhood in socialist countries and families based on socialism in the 1970s and 1990s. You can listen to the memories of people who grew up in the Soviet Union and Eastern Europe, as well as in Finland, and take a peek into the room of a Finnish pioneer child. In addition, you can watch nostalgic children’s programs from all over Eastern Europe, listen to old children’s songs and try out the early version of the Tetris computer game from 1984.


Museum Milavida

Vapriikki’s sister museum, Museum Milavida is opening the Back to the 20’s -exhibition by the end of February. It’s leading you to the cheerful, jazz-filled decade.



Corona information: Mobilia has a limit of 10 people for a museum exhibition, but otherwise the museum is normally open every day from 10 am to 4 pm. The museum is closed from 21 December 2020 to 1 January 2021.

For small museum guests, there is a search for elf hats in the Tanks Full exhibition until December 20 and the finders of the lost elf hats get a small craft bag to take home.


Kimmo Pyykkö Art Museum

The autumn exhibition of the Kimmo Pyykkö Art Museum in Kangasala is From Images to Collection – The art of the city of Kangasala. The exhibition examines with examples of how the public art collection is created and accumulated. It appears to the townies as portraits in the council hall, graphics in the workrooms and waiting areas of health centers, illustrations on the walls of schools and kindergartens, and sculptures in parks and squares. Exhibition is on display 19.9.2020-3.1.2021.


Serlachius museums 

The Serlachius museums are located in the Art Town of Mänttä-Vilppula.

Gösta Art Museum

Procedural Memory 21.3.2020—7.3.2021. Petri Eskelinen’s interactive sculptures. How do we interpret something as alive? Could the basis of discussion be movement? The works of Petri Eskelinen are often thought experiments on topical issues that he has modelled into various kinds of devices. Eskelinen, who is known for his moving interactive sculptures, works by means of technical experimentation.

How About the Future? 1.2.2020—7.3.2021. Photographic artist Nanna Hänninen addresses the themes of insecurity and otherness as well as climate change. In her works, she has focused on depicting the individual’s experience in society and has addressed themes such as insecurity and otherness as well as the need for and the impossibility of control.

Forthcoming: Artists and Models Disguise Self-Portraits 24.10.2020—18.4.2021. In his exhibition, Artists and Models, renowned Canadian artist Rodney Graham brings to the Serlachius Museums his disguise self-portraits for which he is best known.

Gustaf Museum

Behind the Pulp Gate – Work and Stories from Mänttä pulp mill 29.2.2020—. The exterior form of a pulp mill is familiar to many people. But what happens inside a mill?

Forthcoming: Glamour – Famous Gowns on the Silver Screen 26.9.2020—10.1.2021. Awarded costumes of Rome legendary costume house Tirelli Costumi from classic motion pictures and theatre. In addition to the costumes, the exhibition includes jewellery, costume sketches, fabric samples, interviews with directors, costume designers and costume makers, as well as photographic material from the everyday life of a costume house.



Pekka Vuori is celebrating his 85th birthday with Alushameita, hajusuolaa ja tonttuja – Pekka Vuori lastenkirjakuvittajana -exhibition.

Voipaala Art Centre

Panorama. Pajunen, Pajunen, Caplan -exhibition is showing work from art teachers Timo Pajunen and Pirkko Pajunen and their artist daughter Asta Caplan.



Explore more exhibitions in the Tampere Museums 2020 brochure