The Finnish Heritage Agency
The Finnish Heritage Agency is a specialist of cultural heritage and a service provider, developing the sector and acting as its authority.
It collects, manages and presents the national heritage of cultural history, in addition to recording, producing and providing knowledge.
Together with other authorities and the rest of the museum field, the Finnish Heritage Agency is responsible for protecting environments with cultural history value, archaeological cultural heritage and built heritage, and other cultural property. It also collects and showcases a national cultural history collection, studies material cultural heritage and both supports and develops the museum field nationally
The object and picture collections of the Finnish Heritage Agency present information about people and phenomena embracing thousands of years. For over one hundred years, the Finnish Heritage Agency’s archives have collected material related to studying, maintaining and managing the cultural environment and cultural heritage.
The Finnish Heritage Agency provides varied and constantly developing services for all citizens. The agency operates under the Ministry of Education and Culture.
The National Museum of Finland
The National Museum of Finland is part of the Finnish Heritage Agency’s organisation. It is a museum of Finnish cultural history, serving as the central museum of its kind in the country, and its purpose is to study, collect, and display items and artefacts that represent cultural heritage.
The National Museum of Finland’s extensive and old cultural history collections comprise over half a million objects.
These objects illustrate Finnish history, contemporary life, folk culture and the culture of Finno-Ugric peoples as well as different cultures from various parts of the world.
The National Museum of Finland is also in charge of the operations of eight other museums, Häme Castle and Olavinlinna Castle, and engages actively in the development of museum activities in its field.