Local museums support and promote citizens’ own interest and activity in preserving shared cultural heritage and the cultural environment.
Finland has approximately 1,000 local museum sites and collections maintained by associations, foundations, municipalities, companies and private individuals, among others, including museums focusing on local culture, museums focusing on the histories of specific individuals, art museums and various specialty museums. Local museums are primarily maintained on a part-time and voluntary basis.
Local museums are equal providers of local cultural services that offer experiences, promote a sense of community, provide information and organise activities. They also serve as educational environments, employers, service providers, cultural tourist sites and as experts and venues for volunteer work and other citizen participation.
The Finnish Heritage Agency supports the projects of local museums by awarding grants and engaging in cooperation with regional museums. The Finnish Heritage Agency also conducts a national statistical survey of local museums and public collections every five years.