Finnish Museum of Games

The Finnish Museum of Games (Finnish: Suomen pelimuseo) is a museum dedicated to the history of Finnish games located in Vapriikki Museum Centre in Tampere, Finland. The museum exhibition consists of 100 Finnish games, six thematic period rooms, a video game arcade and a changing exhibition space. Overall, the museum has around 85 playable digital games.[1]

Finnish Museum of Games
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LocationVapriikki Museum Centre, Tampere, Finland
Coordinates61°30′07″N 23°45′35″E / 61.501944°N 23.759722°E / 61.501944; 23.759722
TypeGame history museum

The museum was created with the help of a crowdfunding campaign arranged in 2015. The crowdfunding campaign raised €85,860 from 1,120 backers. Major backers included game companies Supercell, Housemarque and Colossal Order.[2]

In addition to digital games, the Finnish Museum of Games also collects and exhibits board games, card games, miniature games, roleplaying games and larps.[3]

The museum opened in January 2017. By the end of June 2017, over 100,000 people had visited the museum.[4]

Changing exhibitions have dealt with personal play histories,[5] the role-playing convention Ropecon,[6] the development of the virtual reality game P.O.L.L.E.N. and pixel art.[7]

The museum was awarded the Sensation of the Year award at the Finnish Game Awards [fi] in April 2017.[8] The Society for the History of Technology awarded the Finnish Museum of Games with the Dibner Award for Excellence in Museum Exhibits in 2018.[9]


  1. ^ "The Finnish Museum of Games - Museokeskus Vapriikki". Museokeskus Vapriikki. Retrieved 2017-08-15.
  2. ^ "Suomen pelimuseo". Retrieved 2017-08-15.
  3. ^ "Games - Museokeskus Vapriikki". Museokeskus Vapriikki. Retrieved 2017-08-15.
  4. ^ Heinonen, Mikko (2017). "From our garage to the Finnish Museum of Games - History in the making". Skrolli International Edition. 1E: 82–83.
  5. ^ "Personal Play Histories". Jaakko Stenros. 2017-01-10. Retrieved 2017-08-15.
  6. ^ "Tapahtumasta museonäyttelyksi". Ropecon 2017. 2017-06-20. Retrieved 2017-08-15.
  7. ^ "Studio - Museokeskus Vapriikki". Museokeskus Vapriikki. Retrieved 2017-08-15.
  8. ^ "Suomen peliparhaimmisto palkittiin näyttävästi The Finnish Game Awards -juhlagaalassa". Mikrobitti (in Finnish). Retrieved 2017-08-15.
  9. ^ "Finnish Museum of Games wins acclaim • Nordic Game Community". Nordic Game Community. 2018-11-12. Retrieved 2018-11-15.

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