Prison Museum

Finland’s first cell prison, the previous Hämeenlinna county prison, was completed in 1871, and on 2 May 2019, the National Museum of Finland will open it to the public. At the same time, the National Museum will begin a reform of the prison exhibition and the visitor experience to bring up the fundamental questions of humanity and many kinds of feelings. The county prison was used as a prison until 1993. The county prison was opened as a museum managed by the city of Hämeenlinna in 1997. The National Museum of Finland is now opening the site under the name The Prison. The reform is carried out in two phases, and many people who have experienced the prison from various perspectives will participate in the planning of the contents of the exhibitions together with the National Museum. The Finnish Cultural Foundation supports the reform.