Museum Centre Vapriikki is the Museum of the Century
Museum Centre Vapriikki, which is situated in Tampere, has been crowned Museum of the Century. The musician A.W. Yrjänä rewarded Vapriikki at the Cultural Gala of the Century organized in Logomo in Turku on the 18th of October.
The one hundred year old country of Finland celebrated cultural agents and acts from the time of its independence, at the Cultural Gala of the Century. At the occasion, the musician and writer A.W. Yrjänä rewarded Museum Centre Vapriikki with the title of Museum of the Century.
–Vapriikki in Tampere is of this day. Fresh, broadly networked, multi-facial, situated in the middle of the everyday life of the city’s inhabitants. It’s deeply rooted in the history of Pirkanmaa, its industry, bedrock and waters, and has its top in the future. Happy, dynamic, skilful, for people of all ages and categories, from ice hockey fans to contemporary art freaks. Maybe not emblematically the museum of the past century, but definitely the museum of the next century!, was how Yrjänä excitedly motivated his choice.
The audience took part in selecting the Museum of the Century by voting for their favourites at the beginning of summer. The Expert Board of the Board of Directors of the Finnish Museums Association selected six finalists from the group of ten that had received the greatest number of public votes.
Among the finalist museums were Aboa Vetus & Ars Nova, Ateneum, Museum Centre Vapriikki, the Serlachius Museums, The Finnish National Museum, and Visavuori Museum.
A.W. Yrjänä acquainted himself with the finalist museums in September, and considered from many angles the question of which one to choose to be the Museum of the Century. The one to receive this unique honour and the title of winner was Museum Centre Vapriikki.
The Finnish Museums Association donates Museum Cards to all the candidates of the different categories of agents of the Cultural Gala of the Century that are still alive, such as Karita Mattila, Vesa-Matti Loiri, Kaija Saariaho, Eija-Liisa Ahtila, Jörn Donner and Jari Sillanpää.
Text Suvi Syynimaa