Frequently asked questions

What is the Museum of History and the Future?

The Museum of History and the Future is a new attractive museum site in Turku. The museum examines histories, presents and futures.

Why do we need a new museum in Turku?

Turku is the oldest city in Finland. There are many wonderful speciality museums here, but we are missing a museum that tells the story of the city and its people comprehensively. The Museum of History and the Future also patches up the lack of a modern venue for cultural historical exhibitions. 

What kind of content will the Museum of History and the Future have?

The Museum of History and the Future will have an extensive main exhibition and attractive changing exhibitions. The main exhibition will tell the history and stories of Turku and its residents, utilising new ways of presenting and the collections of the City of Turku. The museum is a place for events, topical discussions and meetings.

History creates links with the present and the future.

Where will the new museum be located and why has that location been selected? 

The Museum of History and the Future will be built in Linnanniemi, the tip of the Turku cape. The land will be released back to the city as port operations and tracks move to a new location north of the area. The Linnanniemi area will evolve into a pleasant and green, modern part of the city. The museum will be the first new building in the area and a driver of development.

The new museum will be located on the waterfront, on the tip of the Turku headland. Image: City of Turku, Museum of History and the Future. 

How much will the museum cost?

The budget for the museum will be specified as planning progresses. The final price tag is influenced by the level of ambition at which the museum is to be implemented. At the current cost level (summer 2022), the construction of the museum building according to the present-day facility programme is approximately 39 million euros. The cost estimate for furnishing and exhibition implementations will be specified in the coming years. According to the current schedule, Turku City Council will make an investment decision on the building in 2026.

How will the museum project be funded?

The funding consists of both public and private funding. The aim is that the funding of the museum will be implemented in an economically sustainable manner through partnerships. The City of Turku participates in funding the museum project, and as project decisions progress, it will be investigated which other funding channels could be utilised, such as the EU, the State, the Turku 2029 Foundation and private parties. 

When will the museum be finished? 

The museum building is expected to be completed in 2029. Café and restaurant services and the museum shop will be opened during the first phase. In the second phase, the exhibitions will open to the public.

How is carbon neutrality considered in the planning of the museum?

The City of Turku complies with its progressive climate targets in all its construction projects. Ecology is one of the six design principles of the museum, and more detailed planning to meet climate objectives is being carried out all the time. An architectural competition will be organised for the building, and the competition programme will focus on designing in accordance with the climate objectives.

How is accessibility considered in the planning of the museum?

An effort has been made to take accessibility into account already in the designing phase of the museum in as many ways as possible. Accessibility has been considered in all museum facilities. The museum will be made an equal and safer space for everyone. Accessibility is borne in mind in the planning of all content and services.

Why is the new museum already being announced?

Openness is part of the city's operating methods. The aim is to create the museum together with city residents, and active communication aims to involve people in the development of the museum.

Who oversees the progress of the project?

The City of Turku is responsible for the project, and all major decisions related to the project are made by the City Board and the City Council. The project steering board oversees the progress of the whole project. The chair of the steering board is the Director of Corporate Governance Jarkko Virtanen. The project manager leads the entire project towards completion.