Themes of the new 20th century exhibition of Finland and Finns are daily life, cuisine, traffic, communication, as well as developments in politics and state. In what type of circumstances did Finns from different parts of Finland live and how was their daily life?
The 20th century was a time of great upheaval and fast economic and technological development. After Finland became independent on 6 December 1917, the country went through several wars and suffered great losses, but Finland and the Finns always recovered. In less than one hundred years, the country transformed from a poor, agrarian part of the Russian empire into an independent, wealthy western industrial and welfare state.
What kind of memories does the 20th century bring to your mind? Every one of us has our own images and memories from the last century. We hope that this exhibition brings back memories and evokes feelings, and that it will also help people to understand Finland as it is today.
The exhibition is on display in the rooms 127-130 at the first floor of the Museum.
For more information about the exhibition, please contact:
Exhibition Curator Ismo Malinen, tel. + 358 (0)40 128 6382, ismo.malinen(at)nba.fi
Curator Satu Frondelius, tel. + 358 (0)40 128 6390, satu.frondelius(at)nba.fi
Curator of Education Maiju Tuisku, tel. +358 (0)40 128 6453, maiju.tuisku(at)nba.fi
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Inside the UPO refrigerator, there are packaged foods from the mid-1970s. Photo: Markku Haverinen, The National Board of Antiquities.
Tove Jansson's Moomin character from the late 1950s, Atelier Fauni. Photo: Markku Haverinen, The National Board of Antiquities.
Daily programme and spectator programme leaflets for the 1952 Olympic Games. Photo: Markku Haverinen, The National Board of Antiquities.