EMMA Espoo (or the Espoo Musem of Modern Art) is the largest of Finland's museums and home to one of Europe's most striking modern art collections: The Saastamoinen Foundation Art Collection, a 2000 piece strong portfolio by Finnish artists featuring classical modernist paintings, sculptures and contemporary artwork.
EMMA Espoo describes itself as an international and multi-purpose art gallery where people can visit major international exhibitions and learn about Finland's art and cultural heritage - all in a concrete 1960s print works that has protective national status as a 'remarkable monument': the 'WeeGee Building'.
The story behind the EMMA Espoo
Since 1996, a charitable organisation had been campaigning to establish an internationally important art museum in Espoo - Finland's second city.
After several years of fundraising, the city of Espoo agreed to found the EMMA to enable locals and tourists visiting Espoo and the wider Helsinki Metropolitan Area to learn more about and enjoy Finland's cultural heritage and contribution to modern art.
Visiting the EMMA Espoo
Visiting the EMMA Espoo is easy, particularly for guests to the Radisson Blu Hotel, Espoo. This modern hotel in Espoo, Finland is located on the city's stylish Otaranta waterfront, just a leisurely 30 minute walk, 15 minute cycle or 10 minute car journey or bus ride from the EMMA Espoo.
The EMMA Espoo is open to visitors from 11am-6pm on Tuesdays, Thursdays and Fridays; from 11am-8pm on Wednesdays; and from 11am-5pm on Saturdays and Sundays. Tickets are usually 10 euros per adult and free to children under the age of 18 and adults over the age of 70.