18.8.2012 – 31.12.2012
At Your Service!
Food and drink culture of Helsinki and Finland
in the new permanent exhibition at the Hotel and Restaurant Museum
The new permanent exhibition of the Hotel and Restaurant Museum – At Your Service! – will open at the Cable Factory on 18 August 2012. The interactive exhibition awakens your senses and takes you on a journey through the history of food, lodging and travel, enabling you to discover the lives of workers and customers alike and enjoy music, songs and dance.
The exhibition sheds light on the workers and their daily grind, be it at a bar entrance, in a hotel reception, kitchen, restaurant or pub. Attention is drawn to the educational history and the growing prestige of the hotel and restaurant industry.
Play the role of customer and peek into a speakeasy during Prohibition or try a night out in the 1960s. Soar on the dance floor to the favourite tunes of decades gone by. Finally, take break and sit down in a street café.
The legendary restaurant Ala-Kämp and the imaginary miniature hotel Belle Époque rep-resent early 20th century glamour. A suite at Hotel Vaakuna from the Olympic year of 1952 is a classic of its era. The British-style bar Big Ben from Lahti brings a touch of the 1970s to the exhibition.
It is always mealtime at the exhibition. Specialities and favourites from Finnish tables from different eras will be on display. Herbs and spices are introduced with the help of scents.
There is a wide array of thematic guided tours, workshops, a series of lectures and other events related to the exhibition. 2012 is a year of many celebrations, among them World Design Capital Helsinki 2012 and Helsinki 200 Years as Capital. Both are featured in the exhibition and the related events.
For more information on the programme, please visit: www.hotellijaravintolamuseo.fi
Please note: The Hotel and Restaurant Museum will remain closed until 17 August 2012. The following opening times and fees apply from 18 August 2012.
Hotel and Restaurant Museum, Cable Factory, Tallberginkatu 1 G, 00180 Helsinki.
Opening times: Tue-Sun from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. Entrance fee EUR 7/4.