PARTNERS / Helinä Rautavaara Museum

Helinä Rautavaara Museum is maintained by the Helinä Rautavaara Ethnographic Museum Foundation, an independent charity. It seeks to advance knowledge on non-European cultures. The museum specialises particularly in cross-cultural interaction and related phenomena and is actively involved in projects related to global education and cultural diversity. Helinä Rautavaara Museum is the most visited ethnographic museum in Finland with 50 000 annual visitors. In 2008 the museum was a nominee for the European Museum of the Year Award. The museum has conducted a series of succesful outreach programs and community curated exhibitions with vulnerable groups like young immigrants, juvenile asylum seekers, illiterate immigrant women and hiv-positive people . At the moment the museum is involved with first large scale exhibition project concerning the life and traditions of Somalia immigrants in Finland.