Photography tour of the tower of the National Museum of Finland

Image: Hugo Sundström / Helsingin kaupunginmuseo

Event Introduction

Over the decades, several photographers from Signe Brander to Kari Hakli have climbed the tower of the National Museum of Finland to photograph the scenery that opens up. What kind of changes to that scene have taken place?

On this Helsinki Day photography tour, we climb the tower of the National Museum of Finland and look at Helsinki from a bird’s eye view and compare old photographs to the modern landscape that is being photographed now. This creates then and now picture pairs, showing the passage of time and the evolution of the city. You need to register for the event in advance.

The photography tour starts at the bear statue in front of the National Museum of Finland. At the start of the tour, we practice taking pictures with the Ajapaik app in the Museum’s park and record the yard in its current state, before the scene changes with the construction of the expansion wing. The app helps you find the angle from which the old photograph was taken. Then a museum guide will lead the group up the ca. 200 steps to the tower to photograph the view from up high and listen to stories about the Museum’s history and future.

Participants do not need to have prior rephotography experience. You need a mobile phone, on which you can download the app in advance. Ajapaik currently only works on Android devices.

You can download the app from the App Store.

The photography tour is free, but the participant numbers are limited. Mandatory registration opens at 9 a.m. on 25 May. Register to the photography tour.

The tour is organised by Wikimedia Suomi and the National Museum of Finland.


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Event Information

  • Time:

    • Sun 12.6.2022 16:00–17:30

  • Organiser:

    Wikimedia Suomi ja Kansallismuseo

  • Address:

    Photography tour of the tower of the National Museum of Finland
    Mannerheimintie 34
    00100 Helsinki

  • Accessibility:

    The event is not accessible with a wheelchair.

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