In 2017, altogether 357,270 visitors explored the WeeGee Exhibition Centre. The centre hosted a total of 24 exhibitions and 2,438 related events during last year.
In addition to the high-quality exhibition programme and events, the number of museum visitors was also surged by the opening of the new visible storage, Finland 100 centenary year, the opening of the West Metro line, which improved the reachability of Tapiola and the popularity of the Museum Card.
EMMA – Espoo Museum of Modern Art, KAMU – Espoo City Museum, the Finnish Toy Museum Hevosenkenkä and the Finnish Museum of Horology offered an abundant and intriguing exhibition programme with related events.
Finland 100 centenary year was present at the exhibition centre throughout the year. The Espoo City Museum’s exhibition A Shattered life – Espoo in the Finnish Civil War told of the fates of people from Espoo during the Civil War. In honour of the centenary year, the Finnish Museum of Horology showcased unique Finnish jewellery from the years of independence in its Finnish Jewellery exhibition. The Finnish Toy Museum Hevosenkenkä celebrated the 100th anniversary of Finland with its event series Return to Childhood, which featured ten events.
The largest joint event of 2017, the Children’s Museum Festival celebrated the hundred-year-old Finland with its 1980s theme, which attracted 7,500 visitors to the exhibition centre during the weekend. The national truck tour of the Suomi 100 (Finland 100) satellite culminated in the Space Station WeeGee exhibition, which opened at the WeeGee in the autumn. As part of the centenary festivities, WeeGee also joined forces with the Etelä-Tapiola Upper Secondary School to set up a cricket farming container.
The celebratory year was crowned by EMMA, Tapio Wirkkala Rut Bryk Foundation and the City of Espoo opening a permanent visible storage based on the personal working collections of Rut Bryk and Tapio Wirkkala.
Children’s Museum Festival 2017, photo: Samuli Pentti