City museum's collections
You can also visit the museum's collection space in Hiekkaharju. You can study the original photos, as well as search and browse digitized material in the museum's database. You must always agree on your visits in advance.
Finna search service
In the Finna search service, you can find more than 5,000 old and new photographs from Vantaa as well as archival items and other objects. New material is being added continuously. You can download printable high resolution images and smaller images of online quality freely for your use with a CC BY 4.0 licence. This means that you can download our images from Finna and use them freely, as long as you mention the Vantaa City Museum and the name of the photographer in connection with the publication.
You can also study the collections at the museum’s collection premises in Hiekkaharju.
Joint services of the collections
Customer service, information search and investigation, object, archival and image collections
Loans of the objects and archival material
The City Museum loans its collection materials to professionally managed museums.
The loan request must be submitted at least one month in advance.
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A basic fee is charged for all image orders; a digital file with a resolution of 300, tiff or jpeg, minimum size: A4
A licence fee
is added to the basic fee in the following cases.
The use of images published in the Finna search service is free in accordance with the terms of the image licence.
Minimum fee: 2 h
A licence fee is added to the photography fee in accordance with the price list of the image archives.
For museums and archives
The collections of the image archives include approximately 141,000 images (in 2021): prints of photographs, negatives, slides, image files as well as photo albums from the late 1800s until today. In addition, the collections include some postcards and other image materials.
Among other things, the subjects of the images include buildings, scenery, persons, municipal life and events in the Vantaa region. The collection consists mainly of donations. A large share of the image materials has been collected through process photography, and currently also by digitising photos borrowed from private individuals.
The museum documents the changes in the cityscape, events and phenomena through photography (see: ‘Collecting duties’ below on this page). In 2021, a group consisting of volunteer city photographers was founded; the group participates in recording the changing city together with the museum.
The collections of the Vantaa City Museum include approximately 25,000 objects (in 2021). Roughly 15,000 are a part of the Håkansböle manor collection. Other large collections include the school collection, objects related to municipal activities, as well as materials from industry in Vantaa, such as the products manufactured by the Tikkurila silk factory.
The archaeological finds in Vantaa are catalogued in the collections of the National Museum of Finland in accordance with the Antiquities Act.
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Archive and audiovisual archive
Among other things, the archival collection contains documents, maps, letters, educational posters and drawings as well as oral tradition and modern documentation material. The material includes more than 125 metres of shelf space in total (in 2021). Some of the material is stored in digital format. The goal is to preserve material in paper format as well as oral tradition related to the history of the region and its inhabitants.
Audio and video or film recordings in different formats are stored in the audiovisual archive of the museum. The collections include approximately 710 recordings (in 2021). The material consists of e.g. interviews, video recordings, open reel tapes, music and animations. The interview materials created by the museum are stored in electronic format. The archival and audiovisual collections have been built out of the donations received and recordings and copies made, as well as the museum’s own efforts to gather material.
The freezer room on our collection premises is intended for freezing objects and other materials. Freezing is used to combat insect pests. We only rent the freezer to museums, archives and associations. We do not freeze food.
The freezing period is 7 days. The temperature falls down to -38 °C in approximately one hour.
Price for museums, archives and associations: EUR 400/freezing period (+24% VAT).
Materials are brought in and picked up Mon–Fri 9:00–15:00 upon agreement in advance.
The City Museum is not liable for any damage to the object that may be caused by freezing. The customer must ensure that the material is suitable for freezing. The customer must sign a disclaimer form before freezing the material.
For further information and reservations, please contact the museum technician (contact information at the bottom of the page).
- The length of the freezer is 520 cm and the width is 190 cm.
- The height of the room is 199 cm (out of the length of the room, 435 cm is at full height and 85 cm has a height of 135 cm).
- The width of the door is 199 cm.
- The total volume is approximately 18.6 cubic metres, of which approx. 2.1 is at the lower height.
Packaging the material for freezing
The material to be frozen must be packaged so that pests cannot escape and enter the storage areas of the museum. Paper, cardboard or fibre, for instance, can be used as packaging materials. The easiest way to package small items is to put them in a cardboard box.
Pests can be prevented from escaping by adding plastic as the topmost layer. In that case, the material surrounding the item must be paper, cardboard or fabric, so that any water that may condense on the inner surface of the plastic during freezing cannot come into direct contact with the item and damage it. Packaging the material in airtight plastic alone is not recommended.
In the freezer, the material is placed on pallets. Large objects should be put on a pallet already in advance to make it easy to place them in the freezer. The museum will protect the material from any drops of water that may fall down from the inner surfaces of the freezer.
Stages of freezing
The freezing period is 7 days: it consists of 5 days of freezing and a final 2 days of levelling off. The freezing can be repeated, if the aim is to make sure that all possible insects at all stages of development have been destroyed. This is recommended especially if it is known that there are live pests active in the material.
The material is placed into the freezer, after which the freezer doors are closed and the freezer is turned on. The temperature falls down to -38 °C in approximately one hour. The freezer will not be opened after it has been turned on, because that would cause condensation to form. Once the freezing process is over, the freezer is turned off and the temperature is allowed to level off slowly to room temperature with the doors closed for roughly 1 day. After the doors are opened, the humidity is allowed to level off for 1 more day.
The Vantaa City Museum is not liable for any damage that freezing may cause to the material. A conservator familiar with the material should be consulted to make sure that the material is suitable for freezing.
The purpose of collection policy is to sum up the task of the museum and open up the operation and processes of the museum. The collection policy of the Vantaa City Museum is confirmed by the City Culture Board. The collection policy is updated roughly every five years. The first collection policy of the Vantaa City Museum was completed in 2004, among one of the first museums in Finland.
The Vantaa City Museum is responsible for collecting items locally. Material related to the Helsinge Parish, rural municipality, township and present-day city of Vantaa is added to the collections. The focus areas are:
urbanisation and suburbs
cultural landscape and building culture
living and everyday life in Vantaa
culture in Vantaa: organisational activities, hobbies, leisure time, events
industry in Vantaa
municipal life in different eras, industries and organisations
the museum’s own activities
Contemporary documentation and cooperation
The Vantaa City Museum actively records current phenomena in Vantaa. The topics being recorded are selected annually. The topics may be linked to the museum’s own theme year or another theme year, or they can be determined based on the exhibition or research material needed.
The City Museum participates in the TAKO network (Network for Collections Management and Contemporary Documentation in Finland). The goal of the TAKO network is to develop the cooperation by museums related to contemporary documentation as well as the national division of collecting duties. This prevents overlap in the collections of different museums.
The collecting duties of the Vantaa City Museum include the following themes:
Living in the suburbs
Shopping centres and clusters
The City Museum participates in the activities of TAKO’s collaborative group Pool 3 with the theme of everyday life. Among other things, we implement contemporary documentation projects related to the theme of the pool.
Päivi Yli-KarhulaVantaa City Museum
collections of objects, Deputy Museum Director
Maria KangasVantaa City Museum
museum technology and logistics
Anu MönkkönenVantaa City Museum
collections of the image archives, customer service
Sanni PenttinenVantaa City Museum
photography, image processing, work with collections and documentation
Stella KarlssonVantaa City Museum
Håkansböle manor collection
Anna-Reetta RikalaVantaa City Museum
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The museum examines the history of Vantaa from different perspectives, from pre-history to the present day.
The museum examines the history of Vantaa from different perspectives, from pre-history to the present day. The museum's current research projects look into the selected topics in detail. Exhibitions, publications and reports are prepared based on the museum's research projects.
TPR channel type
cultural landscape, built cultural environment, ancient relics
The collection facilities are located in the basement of Hiekkaharju School. Always arrange an appointment in advance.More information about The collection facilities of Vantaa City Museum