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2017 Sports Museum on Wheels

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2017 Sports Museum on Wheels. Exhibition tour in various parts of Finland.

2017 Sports Museum on Wheels

15 May – 31 July 2017

Sports Museum on Wheels
Exhibition tour in various parts of Finland

One hundred years of Finnish Olympic and Paralympic history were put on display in a truck that toured in Finland during the summer of 2017. The tour visited 24 locations around the country. The exhibition was a part of the official program of the Centenary celebrations of Finland’s independence.

2016 Faces of the Olympic City 1952

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2016 Faces of the Olympic City 1952

2016 Faces of the Olympic City 1952

5 August – 30 November 2016

Faces of the Olympic City 1952
Photograph exhibition at Kellohalli

In 2016 the Sports Museum moved to a temporary location in Helsinki for the duration of the extensive renovation works at the Olympic Stadium. This photograph exhibition of scenes from Helsinki during the Olympic Games of 1952 was on display at Kellohalli restaurant at Teurastamo area near the premises of the Sports Museum.

2015 The Travelling Man – Tapio Rautavaara’s Story

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2015 The Travelling Man – Tapio Rautavaara’s Story. Photo: Jari Salo.

2015 The Travelling Man – Tapio Rautavaara’s Story

7 March – 25 October 2015

The Travelling Man – Tapio Rautavaara’s Story

The exhibition celebrated the centenary of the birth of Tapio Rautavaara, Olympic javelin throw champion of 1948 and one of Finland’s most beloved singers of all time. Rautavaara also starred in 20 films, mostly playing his trademark character of a romantic travelling man.

2014 Children’s Weeks – Around the World

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2014 Children’s Weeks – Around the World. Photo: Pasi Salminen.

2014 Children’s Weeks – Around the World

25 October 2014 – 28 February 2015

Children’s Weeks – Around the World

Children were invited to try various and sometimes exotic sports from different parts of the world. The range of sports on offer spanned from football to wife-carrying and from curling to coconut golf.

2014 Women’s Power

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2014 Women’s Power

2014 Women’s Power

9 May – 12 October 2014

Women’s Power

The exhibition presented the gradual empowerment of women in Finnish sports with particular emphasis on the early development of an independent women’s gymnastics movement around the turn of the 20th century.  The exhibition was created in co-operation with the Finnish Secretariat of the International Working Group on Women and Sport as well as Jane and Aatos Erkko Foundation.

2014 Sports Idols

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2014 Sports Idols

2014 Sports Idols

28 March – 12 October 2014

Sports Idols

This exhibition focusing on sports fan culture in Finland was a joint effort of the Sports Museum, The Finnish Hockey Hall of Fame and the Ski Museum. All three museums created their own exhibition based on the common research project.

The exhibition of the Sports Museum presented past and present Finnish sports idols from Paavo Nurmi to Kimi Räikkönen. Also highlighted was the vivid football fan culture.

2013 Snowboarding

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2013 Snowboarding. Photo: Jari Salo.

2013 Snowboarding

19 October 2013 – 20 March 2014

Snowboarding

Snowboarding is both an elite sport and a way of life. The Sports Museum created this exhibition in co-operation with members of the Finnish snowboarding community: active riders, photographers, video directors and experts. On display were photographs, films and snowboards that have belonged to Finnish pioneers and Olympic medalists.

2013 Finnish Sports Media

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2013 Finnish Sports Media

2013 Finnish Sports Media

11 June – 6 October 2013

Finnish Sports Media

The exhibition presented the development of Finnish sports media from the 19th century to present day. Some of the most memorable milestones along this road were the first radio broadcast from a sports event (1927) and start of regular television programs (1958). After the turn of the millennium sports media has been revolutionised by the internet. The exhibition included photographs, film clips and objects that have belonged to legendary sports reporters.

2013 Art Sport

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2013 Art Sport

12 April – 2 June 2013

Art Sport

This exhibition featured works of an international group of students who studied at the faculty of Art and Design at Aalto University in Helsinki. The objective of the artists was to interpret the connections between art and sport. All the works were inspired by collections of the Sports Museum of Finland.

2013 Children’s Weeks – Watch the Kangaroo Jump

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2013 Children’s Weeks – Watch the Kangaroo Jump

14 January – 31 March 2013

Children’s Weeks – Watch the Kangaroo Jump

The Childrens’ Weeks of 2013 featured the sporting skills of animals. In the exhibition the children could do different tasks by moving like animals: jump like a kangaroo, climb like a spider or hang like a monkey.

 

2012 The Torch Arrives!

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2012 The Torch Arrives!

6 September 2012 – 6 January 2013

The Torch Arrives!

The Olympic torch was carried to the Helsinki Games of 1952 in relay through Greece, Denmark, Sweden and Finland in June and July 1952. The exhibition brought back memories from the torch relay through photographs, film clips and radio recordings. Naturally, the torches themselves took pride of place in the exhibition. Designed by Aukusti Tuhka, and made in only 23 copies, the Helsinki torches are the rarest of Olympic torches. On display were silver torches, brass torches and two later-made authorised copies.

 

 

2012 Pesäpallo 90 Years

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2012 Pesäpallo 90 Years

24 April–26 August 2012

Pesäpallo 90 Years

Pesäpallo is Finland’s national game. It was invented by Lauri “Tahko” Pihkala, who combined features of traditional Nordic folk games and American baseball.  The first official rules of the game were written in 1922.

The exhibition presented the basic rules and players’ roles as well as the history of the games from the beginnings to the present day. The oldest bats, balls and other equipment on display were from the 1920’s, the newest from 2012. Film clips from the 1930’s and today shed light on the development of the game over the years.

 

2012 What am I thinking when I am thinking of running?

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2012 What am I thinking when I am thinking of running?

15 March–15 April 2012

What am I thinking when I am thinking of running?

The exhibition of the visual artist Matti Tainio (born 1967) featured the connection between art and sport, in particular running. All works on display were inspired by the collections of the Sports Museum of Finland.

The video work “Finland is running” featured the artist’s heroes: ordinary Finns who practice running. “False memory” presented gilded running shoes in a glass case: whose shoes were they and how did they reproduce a false memory?  “Attempt to run” was a series of six pictures depicting the artist’s attempt to run cities onto the map. Also on display were the works “Unfinished thoughts on running” and “Runner’s career (tools of art and sport)”.

2012 Children’s Weeks – Time Travel to the Olympic Games

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2012 Children’s Weeks – Time Travel to the Olympic Games

16 January – 11 March 2012

Children’s Weeks – Time Travel to the Olympic Games

This exhibition took children to past and present Olympic Summer Games. The children could try several Olympic sports, including discontinued ones such as tug of war and standing long jump. At the end the winners were presented with medals in a podium ceremony.

2011 Football Landscapes

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2011 Football Landscapes. Mikko Auerniitty Yyteri 2008

2011 Football Landscapes

4 October 2011 – 8 January 2012

Football Landscapes
Photographs by Mikko Auerniitty and Harri Heinonen

The photographic artists Mikko Auerniitty and Harri Heinonen have for many years portrayed football-related phenomena in several European countries. In this exhibition they studied the cultural significance of football. On display were photographs of milieus where football is being played. The artists made observations of the cultural stratification of football by presenting the game as an integral part of landscape and urban space.

2011 Liiku! Move!

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2011 Liiku! Move!

20 May – 25 September 2011

Liiku! Move!

The exhibition of the Sports Museum was a part of a series of events celebrating the centenary of Ornamo Art and Design Finland, the national organisation of industrial art in Finland. On display were sportswear and equipment by Finnish designers inspired by sports practiced in modern urban environment.

2011 Children’s Weeks – Sporting Circus

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2011 Children’s Weeks – Sporting Circus

17 January – 10 April 2011

Children’s Weeks – Sporting Circus

The special exhibition room of the Sports Museum was turned into a circus arena, where children could practice their motoric skills. The exhibition was targeted at children in preschool age and pupils of the first two years of elementary school.

2010 Veikkaus 70 Years

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2010 Veikkaus 70 Years

7 October 2010 – 9 January 2011

Veikkaus 70 Years

The Finnish national betting agency Veikkaus was founded in the autumn of 1940 to procure funding for Finnish sports. In later years the most of its proceeds have been distributed to other causes, such as youth work, culture, arts and sciences. The exhibition presented the history of Veikkaus from its modest beginnings to its present state as a major lottery and gaming company. The photographs and objects on display were mostly provided by the museum and archive department of Veikkaus.

2010 The Baron – Jarno Saarinen 1945–1973

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2010 The Baron – Jarno Saarinen 1945–1973

11 May – 26 September 2010

The Baron – Jarno Saarinen 1945–1973

Jarno Saarinen was the first Finnish world champion in motorcycle road racing. In Finland he was called “The Baron”, elsewhere known as “The Flying Finn”. Jarno Saarinen left his mark in the sport of road racing by pioneering a hang-off riding style where the rider’s knee almost touches the ground in corners.

Saarinen was considered a talent who could become one of the greatest legends of all time. His riding skills were seen as phenomenal. In 1972 he won the world championship title in the 250 cc class. In the next season he looked destined to win the world titles in both 250 cc and 500 cc classes, having won won five of his first six races, but fate decided otherwise. Jarno Saarinen died in a crash in the Grand Prix race at Monza on 20 May 1973, in the age of 27.

On display in the exhibition of the Sports Museum of Finland were two of Jarno Saarinen’s motorbikes: a 125 cc Puch from 1968 and a 250 cc Yamaha from 1971. Also featured were his riding suits and trophies as well as photographs, texts and a documentary film with commentaries from his family, friends and competitors.

2010 Children’s Weeks – The Paralympic Games

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2010 Children’s Weeks – The Paralympic Games

Children’s Weeks – The Paralympic Games

For kindergartens 1 February – 28 March 2010
For schools 1–25 April 2010

The Children’s Weeks of 2010 featured the Paralympic Games. The children could play many Paralympic sports, such as sitting volleyball, goalball, boccia and indoor curling, and throw a foam plastic javelin from a special chair. Also on display was a childrens’ wheelchair rugby chair.

The exhibition introduced to children the world of Paralympic sports and encouraged them to adopt open-minded attitudes in sports.

2009 Elite Sport – Disability Sports in Finland

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2009 Elite Sport – Disability Sports in Finland

5 October 2009 – 24 January 2010

Elite Sport – Disability Sports in Finland

The status of disabled sports in physical culture has strengthened over the years and attitudes towards it have become more positive. The Paralympic movement has reached worldwide dimensions, as have the Special Olympics for people with intellectual disabilities.

The exhibition was created by the Sports Museum of Finland, Finnish Association of Sports for the Disabled and the Finnish Paralympic Committee in co-operation with Finnish Federation of the Visually Impaired and Finnish Sports Federation for Persons with Intellectual Disabilities / Special Olympics Finland. The exhibition included features that improved accessibility for disabled people, such as touchable items, texts written in Braille, guided tours spoken in simple Finnish and floor markings to show directions to visually impaired visitors.

2009 The Story of Finnish Women’s Football Team

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2009 The Story of Finnish Women’s Football Team

16 May – 27 September 2009

The Story of Finnish Women’s Football Team

The Finnish women’s national football team played its first match in 1973. In the beginning only a couple of international matches took place in a year, mostly against Sweden or Denmark. After the modest start football has become the most popular team sport among women and girls in Finland.

The exhibition of the Sports Museum of Finland featured some of the most interesting and important moments in the history of the Finnish women’s football team. The exhibition was created in co-operation with the Finnish Football Association and the UEFA Women’s Euro 2009 organisation.

2009 Children’s Weeks – A Walk in the Woods

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2009 Children’s Weeks – A Walk in the Woods

9 February – 3 May 2009

Children’s Weeks – A Walk in the Woods

The theme of the Children’s Weeks of 2009 of the Sports Museum of Finland was “A Walk in the Woods”. The children could climb on a suspended bridge, slide down a slide, walk on a balance beam, crawl through tunnels, detect animal tracks on the ground or sit down and “angle” for little presents.

2008 100 Years on Skates

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2008 100 Years on Skates. Ludowika ja Walter Jakobsson.

2008 100 Years on Skates

5 November 2008 – 1 February 2009

100 Years on Skates

The joint centenary exhibition of the Finnish Skating Association and the Finnish Figure Skating Association presented Finland’s long and respectable traditions in both speed skating and figure skating. Speed skaters Gustaf Estlander (1898) and Fredrik Wathén (1901) became the first Finnish European and world champions in any sport, respectively. As for figure skating, the pairs skaters Ludowika and Walter Jakobsson won the first Olympic gold medal for Finland as an independent nation in Antwerp 1920. The exhibition featured a wide range prizes, skates and skating outfits spanning a full century.

2008 The Helsinki Olympic Stadium 1938–2008

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2008 The Helsinki Olympic Stadium 1938–2008

10 June – 26 October 2008

The Helsinki Olympic Stadium 1938–2008

The Olympic Stadium of Helsinki is the most famous sports facility in Finland and a prime example of Finnish modern architecture. The beautiful functionalist building was inaugurated in 1938. The outlook of the Olympic Stadium has changed considerably during the decades, but the building has always retained its symbolic value.

The Olympic Stadium is the most important venue for track and field sports in Finland. It has a unique history in hosting major international championship events. In addition to the 1952 Olympic Games the Helsinki Olympic Stadium has served as the venue for two World Athletics Championships (1983 and 2005) and three European Championships (1971, 1994 and 2012).

Even if the Olympic Stadium is best known for track and field sports and football, over the years it has hosted competitions in more than 20 different sports. As the largest outdoor arena in Finland the Stadium is also a preferred venue for major concerts. The versatile indoor facilities of the Olympic Stadium are available for all in the winter.

The exhibition was created in co-operation with the Stadium Foundation.

2008 Beijing Welcomes You

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2008 Beijing Welcomes You

17 April – 1 June 2008

Beijing Welcomes You

This photographic exhibition was produced by the Embassy of the People’s Republic of China. It presented the venues of the Beijing Olympic Games, famous Chinese touristic sights and preparation of Chinese athletes for their home games. The exhibition featured a total of 66 photographs.

2008 Children’s Weeks – Chinese Sports

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2008 Children’s Weeks – Chinese Sports

Children’s Weeks – Chinese Sports

The Children’s Weeks of 2008 were inspired by the Beijing Olympic Games and sports relating to China. The children could play table tennis and badminton, build a jigsaw puzzle with a Chinese motif and try Chinese acrobatics on balancing boards.

2007 Olympic Coins

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2007 Olympic Coins

12 October 2007 – 6 January 2008

Olympic Coins

This exhibition featured all official Olympic coins that were struck in Finland from 1952 to 2008. The first Olympic coin of all time was a 500-mark coin struck in 1951 in connection with the Helsinki Olympic Games of 1952. The latest coins on display commemorated the Games in Beijing 2008 and Vancouver 2010.

2007 Player Number 12

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2007 Player Number 12. Photo: Juha Tamminen

09.05.2001, Kuressaare, Estonia. Friendly International Match, Estonia v Finland. Suomen faneja. / Finland fans. ©JUHA TAMMINEN

2007 Player Number 12

19 May – 30 September 2007

Player Number 12

Football supporter culture is a relatively new phenomenon in Finnish sports. However, improving performances of the Finnish national team around the turn of the millennium started to attract a growing number of passionate fans who made their presence seen and heard in the stadiums.

The exhibition featured colourful supporter items of the Finnish national team and various clubs, ranging from official licensed products to self-made flags and banners, as well as photographs and selected quotes that shed light on various aspects of football fandom.

2007 Permanent Exhibition

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Permanent Exhibition 2007-2015

2007 Permanent Exhibition

29 May 2007–25 October 2015

Permanent Exhibition

The 2007–2015 Permanent Exhibition of the Sports Museum of Finland presented the history of Finnish sports from the 19th to the 21st century. Memorable moments were featured in film clips in the Kino Nurmi video theatre and in audio recordings in a sports jukebox.

The upper floor of the exhibition was dedicated to the Olympic Games, with the Helsinki Games of 1952 naturally occupying pride of place. One of the most popular features was the Virtual Viren running simulator, where visitors could challenge the Olympic champion Lasse Viren on the last 200 metres of the 5,000-metre final at the Montreal Games of 1976.

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Kaisa Laitinen
development director
kaisa.laitinen(at)urheilumuseo.fi
tel. +358 50 565 0640