Sara Hildén

Sara Hildén Art Museum

The Sara Hildén Art Museum specializes in international modernism and contemporary art. The focus of its work is on research-based exhibition curating, publishing, and public programming for diverse visitor groups. The museum is administered by the City of Tampere, and it is the permanent home of the 1962-founded Sara Hildén Foundation.

Museum and open-air sculpture park

The museum is located in the Särkänniemi district of Tampere overlooking Lake Näsijärvi. The building was designed by Pekka Ilveskoski Architects. The museum opened in 1979, as did the adjoining open-air gallery, which features sculptures by 17 Finnish artists from the 1970s and 1980s, one work by the Norwegian artist Bråd Breivik, and an ensemble from the 2000s by the OLO Collective.

Sculpture park
Henry Moore, Reclining Mother and Child, 1960-61. Bronze, 84,5 cm. Sara Hildén Foundation.

Art collection

The Sara Hildén Foundation comprises over 5,000 works of modern and contemporary art. Highlights include world-famous names such as Joan Miró, Francis Bacon, Paul Klee and Alberto Giacometti. Recent additions include Kiki Smith and Marcel Dzama. The Finnish collection contains an extensive selection of modern and contemporary works by Finland’s leading artists.



The museum’s publication series consists of academic exhibition and collection catalogues. The first title in the series was published in conjunction with the inaugural exhibition in 1979. Currently comprising over 100 volumes, the series is widely respected in professional circles for its valuable contribution to art history and scholarship.

Available publications