Tampere Art Museum

Tampere Art Museum presents art-historical themes and phenomena related to Finnish and international contemporary art. The art museum is known for its activity in the field of exhibitions, for the Young Artist of the Year event, and its extensive work as publisher.

The collections under the museum’s management comprise approx. 14.000 works, for the major part Finnish art from the early 19th century onwards. The collection of contemporary art consists of works by artists elected as Young Artist of the Year and the collection of Tampere Museum of Contemporary Art. Internationally,  the best known part of the Museum is The Moominvalley collection of Tove Jansson’s original illustrations and Moomin tableaux. The Art Museum also has deposits from several depositors, such as the Finnish Medal Art Guild.

History of Tampere Art Museum

Tampere Art Museum was founded in 1931 by the association Tampereen Taideyhdistys (Tampere Art Society), and became property of the City of Tampere in 1985. Today the Art Museum operates as part of the city’s museum services and museums of Tampere.

During its entire existence, the museum has been located in the quarter of Amuri, in a former granary designed by C.L. Engel, built in 1838. The renovation plans for the Art Museum, in 1931, were made by Hilja Gestrin, a Tampere-based architect. The brick walls, stoves for heating, and grain containers were turned into up-to date exhibition an office premises. The second important renovation of the building was carried out between 1982 and 1984, when the premises were extended by an underground floor and contemporary museum technology.