The Culture unit is responsible for the City of Helsinki’s cultural policy and, in addition to culture services, functions such as
art museum, orchestra, cultural centres and grants for culture. National and regional special tasks have been assigned specifically to the Culture function by law. The Unit is led by the Deputy Cultural Director Reetta Heiskanen.
The Culture unit comprises of the following units:
Helsinki City Museum is the world’s only museum focusing on Helsinki. Personal experiences and everyday life of people in Helsinki are highlighted and reflected in the museum’s items and photographs.
- Helsinki Art Museum HAM looks after an art collection that belongs to the people of Helsinki, which includes more than 9,000 works of art.
- Helsinki Philharmonic Orchestra is the first professional symphony orchestra to be founded in the Nordic countries and it has been operating non-stop for 132 years.
- Cultural Centres provide professional-level performance, education and exhibition spaces and a production environment and increase the city residents’ participation in art and culture.
- Cultural Services and Support strengthen the operating conditions for professional art in Helsinki and handle the preparations for culture grants.