There are 22 regional museums in Finland, which are tasked with
steering, developing and supporting museum operations as well as the management
and preservation of cultural heritage and the cultural environment in their
operating areas. Regional museums serve as experts and partners in matters
related to the cultural history of their regions.
The staff of each regional museum includes a regional museum researcher or curator responsible for regional operations, who steers and provides advice to the region’s local museums and other parties in matters related to the acquisition, documentation and conveying of cultural heritage. Some of the regional museums also employ archaeologists and/or building researchers. The museums that do are also responsible for serving as experts and authorities in matters related to the protection of the local cultural environment in accordance with their division of labour and cooperation agreements with the Finnish Heritage Agency.
The Finnish Heritage Agency holds periodic negotiations with regional museums on the focus areas and objectives of regional operations.