The Sports Museum Foundation of Finland
The Sports Museum of Finland is a national museum with permanent and temporary exhibitions on the history of sport and physical culture in Finland.
Its many exhibition halls contain an extensive collection of exhibits including 2,000 posters, 30,000 historical artefacts – the oldest is a ski dating from the 5th century B.C. – and 200,000 photos from the late 19th century to the current day.
The permanent exhibition traces the history of sport in Finland, with a special section on the Olympic Games. Visitors can learn about the events and sporting heroes that have marked Finland’s sporting history: legendary runners Paavo Nurmi and Hannes Kolehmainen, ski champion Matti Nykänen, ice hockey players Jari Kurri and Teemu Selänne, footballers Jari Litmanen and Sami Hyypiä, and Formula 1 champion Mika Häkkinen.
Finally, there is a special section devoted to the 1940 and 1952 Helsinki Olympics, with a wide range of photos and exhibits.