International collaborative projects

MOI! Museums of Impact

MOI! Museums of Impact is a European cooperation project funded by the Creative Europe Programme. The project aims to develop a self-evaluation model for European museums. The model helps museums to critically evaluate their operations, and to develop their capacity to meet the demands of a changing, more diverse, increasingly digital and ageing society.

The framework will be developed in a series of collaborative cooperation workshops. Throughout the process, the framework will be tested at a number of pilot museums and to allow stakeholders’ knowledge and needs to feed into the developing model. At regular Stakeholders Forums, developers and museums will meet for open dialogues. The final version of the framework will be published in seven languages together with guidance and promotional material. The framework will be openly accessible for all.

Project duration: 1.12.2019 - 30.11.2022

Contact information:
Finnish Heritage Agency, Pirjo Hamari, +358 40 1286005,

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Coordinator: Finnish Heritage Agency, FI
BAM! Strategie Culturali, IT
Directorate of Archaeological Museums, Exhibitions and Educational Programmes (DAMEEP),Hellenic Ministry of Culture and Sports, EL
Deutscher Museumsbund/NEMO Network of Museum Organisations, DE
Museum of Cycladic Art, EL
Estonian National Museum/Eesti Rahva Muuseum, EE
Finnish Museums Association, FI
European Museum Academy, NL
Museum Council of Iceland, IS
Stiftung Preussischer Kulturbesitz SPK, DE
MUSIS Steirischer Museumsverband, AT

Associate Partners:
AIM Association of Independent Museums, UK
Danish Agency for Culture and Palaces, DK
National Institute for Museums and Public Collections, PL
Netherlands Museumregister Foundation, NL
ICOM Austria, AT

Creative Europe programme of the European Union (COOP2)
Finnish National Agency for Education
The total budget: 735 000 €

CultureLabs workshop in Barcelona. Photo: Platoniq (CC-BY-SA 4.0)
CultureLabs workshop in Barcelona. Photo: Platoniq (CC-BY-SA 4.0)
The CultureLabs project promotes participation, digital solutions and social innovations in cultural heritage work

CultureLabs is a three-year project funded by the EU’s Horizon 2020 programme, involving nine organisations from six European countries. The units responsible for the project at the Finnish Heritage Agency are the Picture Collections of the Finnish Heritage Agency and the Museum Sector Development Unit.

The project develops innovative methods, digital solutions and tools for participatory cultural heritage work. The open CultureLabs online platform being developed in the project will offer a diverse range of material and support for implementing projects based on participation and cooperation. The goal is to promote different types of cooperation and social innovation in cultural heritage work.

A connection to cultural heritage promotes a feeling of social cohesion and well-being. The CultureLabs project focuses on the cultural heritage of people with different cultural backgrounds and their perspectives on culture and history. The project aims to reach immigrant communities whose cultural heritage is not represented in the work of cultural heritage institutions in Europe and Finland, and to offer them experiences and opportunities to create something new using cultural heritage materials.

The project is being carried out in collaboration with the cultural heritage sector, other sectors and industry actors and immigrant communities. The project will carry out need and experience surveys with different interest and target groups, which will steer the planning of the recipes for the participatory methods to be developed and tested during the project. The project’s key operating methods include co-creation methods, which are utilised particularly in the pilots being carried out in Finland, Italy and the United Kingdom. The project’s deliverables will be compiled on the CultureLabs online platform.

The party responsible for the pilot organised in Finland is the Picture Collections of the Finnish Heritage Agency. The pilot will make extensive use of existing picture materials, in addition to which participants will produce new picture material to add to Finland’s national collections. The pilot will examine the meaning of and change in cultural heritage, with the aim of increasing the diverse cultural heritage awareness of Finns and communities with different cultural backgrounds living in Finland.

Project duration: 1.4.2018 - 31.3.2021

Contact information:
Ismo Malinen:
Pirjo Hamari:
Inkamaija Iitiä:

Project website:
The project’s Facebook page:

The project participants:
Institute of Communication and Computer Systems of the National Technical University of Athens, Greece – The Lead Partner
The Finnish Heritage Agency, Finland
Sheffield Hallam University, United Kingdom
People’s History Museum, United Kingdom
COOSS Marche ONLUS scpa, Italy
European Forum for Migration Studies, Germany
Platoniq, Spain
Fondazione Sistema Toscana, Italy
Singular Logic, Greece

EU’s Horizon 2020
The total budget: 2 492 380 €

The possibilities of developing the cooperation between cultural heritage and tourism mapped in 2020

In 2020, the Finnish Heritage Agency coordinates a project aimed at strengthening the basis of cooperation between cultural heritage and tourism. The guiding principles of the project are the sustainable use and utilisation of cultural heritage and the national strategies for cultural heritage and tourism. The project is funded by the Ministry of Education and Culture, Finland.

The project seeks to examine the national coordination and governance of cultural heritage and tourism and to map the possibilities of developing network-based cooperation between different stakeholders. The possibilities of networked cooperation between cultural heritage and tourism will be explored in network meetings organised over the project.

The project is linked to the international activities of the Finnish Heritage Agency. International cultural heritage conventions, initiatives and the actions carried out as part of their implementation are considered as providing possible means for strengthening the cooperation of cultural heritage and tourism. Special attention will be paid to the Enlarged Partial Agreement on Cultural Routes of the Council of Europe. The unit responsible for the project at the Finnish Heritage Agency is the Museum Sector Development Unit.

Project duration: 1.3.2020—31.12.2020

Contact information: Emma Harju:

BALTACAR: Baltic History Beneath Surface: Underwater Heritage Trails In Situ and Online

The Estonian-Finnish-Swedish cooperation project BALTACAR is aiming to harness the tourism potential of the underwater cultural heritage of the Baltic Sea. BALTACAR is a three-year project, started in 2017. During the project, a tourist attraction including wrecks in Estonian, Finnish and Swedish waters will be established in the Baltic Sea.

Joint efforts will be made to market and promote underwater heritage tourism in order to raise awareness of the unique underwater heritage of the Baltic Sea and its excellent preservation conditions. In the framework of this project, new underwater parks will be opened in Hanko and Kemiönsaari, and the wreck park opened in Helsinki in 2000 will be further developed. In Estonia, the focus will be on wrecks in waters off the islands of Hiiumaa and Saaremaa. Also Dalarö Dive Park outside Stockholm will be further developed.

Information will be brought from the bottom to the surface and from archives to pop-up exhibitions in the form of 3D models and prints, NFC tags, guidebooks and brochures, and a virtual diving experience created with 360-degree videos. In addition to gathering and sharing information, an essential part of the project is developing infrastructure of the parks.

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Project duration: 1.1.2017–31.12.2019

Contact information:

Päivi Pihlanjärvi:

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Muinsuskaitseamet, Estonia - Leading partner,

Finnish Heritage Agency, Finland, Adrianto Oy, Estonia, Aalto Group, Finland, Municipality of Haninge, Sweden, West-Estonia turism, Estonia

Associated partner: Museibyrån, Åland

Financing: EU Central Baltic -program

Total Budget: 1 633 242,71 € EAKR (Euroopan aluekehitysrahasto): 1 294 568,19 € Finnish Heritage Agency: 250 685,69 € EAKR: 188 014,26 €