One good reason to visit the Töölö area is the historic house museum of the Reitz Foundation.Photos : Reitz Foundation
The Reitz Foundation Museum houses art and antique collections from many decades. The collections include some masterpieces of Finnish art history well as antique Finnish silver. Some of the most notable items include weaponry from the 16th century and Meissen and Sévres porcelain. The collections are on display in the former Reitz family home, and the atmosphere of the place is crowned with antique furniture.
The art collection includes all in all 150 paintings by renowned Finnish artists such as Albert Edelfelt (1854–1905), Helene Schjerfbeck (1862–1946), Akseli Gallen-Kallela (1865-1931) and Ferdinand von Wright (1822–1906). One of the latest additions to the collection is a delicate painting by Helene Schjerfbeck called The Californian from 1934. It was formerly owned by the actress Ingrid Bergman.
Lauri Reitz was one of the biggest property developers in Helsinki in the period 1920–1950. He procured a large collection of art and antiques during his lifetime. Later, when his wife Maria passed away, she made a bequest in her will that a foundation should be established to curate the collection and expand it. The Reitz family’s home was opened to the public in 1972.
The museum is open only on Wednesdays and Sundays 15.00–17.00. Admission is free.
Apollonkatu 23 B 64, 6th floor, www.reitz.fi