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Helsinki is set to host the national Museum Days from May 24th to May 26th, 2023, with the theme of "Museums of the Future." Organized by the Finnish Museums Association, celebrating its centenary, this significant event brings together over 400 museum professionals and trustees for the most important museum industry gathering of the year. The Museum Days culminate in the Museum Awards Gala, where the prestigious "Museum of the Year" award will be presented.

The program for the Museum Days includes timely speeches, panel discussions, and the 100th Annual General Meeting of the Finnish Museums Association. The meeting and festivities will take place at Paasitorni in Hakaniemi, Helsinki.

Expert speeches and discussions during the Museum Days will focus on the future of museums. The diverse program also features thematic group work, allowing for in-depth discussions on various perspectives regarding the future of museums.

The keynote speaker on the first day will be museologist Bruno Brulon Soares, who will address museums amidst significant global changes. Brulon Soares will also delve into the new museum definition established by ICOM, an organization in which he played a significant role. Museology professor Dr. Leena Paaskoski, professor of European history Laura Kolbe, and Tommi Laitio, the director of culture and leisure activities for the City of Helsinki on leave, will engage in a joint discussion on the future of museums based on short presentations.

Thursday's program will begin with a thought-provoking talk by Associate Partner Loic Tallon, who will challenge our perceptions of museums and digital services. Museums will also have their voices heard as the possibilities and significance of digitalization in the development of museum services are explored.

The Museum Days reach their climax on Thursday, May 25th, with the Museum Awards Gala starting at 7 p.m. The finalists for the Museum of the Year 2023 award are Kuopio Museum, Museum of Play, Mobilia - The Automobile and Road Museum, and Riihisaari - Savonlinna Museum. Additionally, the Communication Achievement Award and the Museokortti Special Award will be presented.

On Friday, May 26th, Museum Days participants will have the opportunity to explore the history and present-day of Helsinki through study trips. These excursions include a day trip at sea on the historic coastal vessel m/aux Astrid and a visit to the historical Suomenlinna Fortress.