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Olympic Champion / Veikko Hakulinen / 50 km skiing / 3:33:33 / Oslo 1952 World record / Tiina Lillak / javelin throw / 74.76 / Tampere 1983 World champion ⁄ Kari Härkönen ⁄ 15 km cross-country skiing ⁄ 40:42.7 ⁄ Seefeld 1985 World record / Pekka Koskela / speed skating / 1:07.00 / Salt Lake City 2007
The Sports Museum of Finland
is the only museum in Finland dedicated to general sports and physical activity. The Sports Museum maintains the national collection of Finnish sports and physical culture, preserves the archives of major Finnish sports organisations and co-ordinates the activities of other sports-related museums in the country.
World record / Tiina Lillak / javelin throw / 74.76 / Tampere 1983 World champion ⁄ Kari Härkönen ⁄ 15 km cross-country skiing ⁄ 40:42.7 ⁄ Seefeld 1985 Olympic Champion / Veikko Hakulinen / 50 km skiing / 3:33:33 / Oslo 1952 World record / Pekka Koskela / speed skating / 1:07.00 / Salt Lake City 2007
Sports Museum Foundation of Finland
The Sports Museum is administered by the Sports Museum Foundation of Finland, established on 2 March 1938 to preserve, research and display material relating to Finnish sports and physical culture.
The Sports Museum Foundation receives funding from the Ministry of Education and Culture.
History of the Sports Museum
The Sports Museum was first opened for public on 8 August 1943. The Museum has occupied the western wing extension of the Helsinki Olympic Stadium since the beginning with only two exceptions. In June and July 1952 the premises served as press center of the Helsinki Olympic Games. In October 2015 the Olympic Stadium was closed for the duration of major renovation works, and the offices, archives and library of the Sports Museum were moved to a temporary location.
The present reconstruction is the fifth in the history of the Sports Museum: the premises have been extended before in 1963, 1982–83, 1991–92 and 1997–98. The Museum will be opened again in the renovated premises in 2020.