Cultural experiences & events in Espoo
Be amazed by Espoo’s cultural palette!
One of Espoo’s best-known cultural venues is WeeGee Exhibition Centre, which contains EMMA – Espoo Museum of Modern Art, Espoo City Museum (KAMU), Finnish Toy Museum Hevosenkenkä, the Finnish Museum of Horology and Futuro House. You can enhance your experience with a free guided tour, and we also recommend the centre’s year-round offering of events.
The unique ‘UFO-like’ Futuro House, designed by Matti Suuronen, stands outside of WeeGee and is open to the public from May to September. One of the most eagerly awaited cultural events of the year 2019 is EMMA’s Michael Jackson – On the Wall exhibition, which opens in August. And that’s not the end of pop art in Espoo: if you’re quick, you can get hold of tickets for the Andy Warhol opera, about the life and times of the famous artist and advertisement illustrator, at Espoo City Theatre at the start of the year.
Interesting history, from the archipelago to Finland’s national artist
Summer 2018 saw the opening of the Pentala Archipelago Museum on the charming island of Pentala, off the coast of Espoo. It tells visitors about life in the archipelago. You can jump onto a scheduled boat and spend a lovely summer’s day in the archipelago, visiting the museum, hiking on trails and even checking out an island-on-an-island. The seaside theme will continue in February 2019, when KAMU opens its exhibition Eyes on the Horizon, which illustrates the history and present day of maritime Espoo.
One of the top destinations in Espoo is the Gallen-Kallela Museum, right by the beautiful Laajalahti bay. The impressive studio at Tarvaspää was designed and built by Finland’s national artist, Akseli Gallen-Kallela. Its changing exhibitions present the art and lives of Gallen-Kallela and his contemporaries, as well as contemporary art.
All in all, the diverse museums located all around Espoo provide an extensive snapshot of the international art field, of the rural and maritime history of Espoo, of the life of our national artist, and the stories behind toys and clocks. You will also be transported back in time at Espoo’s numerous manors and villas, which each have their own stories. The historic venues can also be rented for events and meetings.