Museum Compass of Tampere Region

Museum Compass is a shared museum portal of the museums of Tampere Region from which you can find museums and their basic information in an easy and fun way. You can search for the museums by using themes, towns or key words. Every museum has its own information page where the museum is introduced with a short text and photographs. In addition, the page offers information on contact details, opening hours, entrance fees and accessibility. Using the map provided in the information page you can effortlessly find your way to the museum of your choice.

Museum Compass was opened in November 2010. It is part of a two-year Museums Online – project of the Pirkanmaa Provincial Museum, enabled by the development grant provided by the Council of Tampere Region. Pirkanmaa Provincial Museum is in charge of the design of the portal and regular updates.

Contents of More information page:

Participants

Updating the information

How can a museum become part of the Museum Compass?

Museum Themes

Museum accessibility – criteria and symbols

Museum service symbols

Social Media in Museum Compass

10 Gems – web exhibitions

Footage and copy rights

Participants

Project management

Pirkanmaa Provincial Museum, Cultural Environment Unit

Content

Pirkanmaa Provincial Museum in cooperation with the museums within its area of operation

Layout design

Luomistoimisto Fullsize, 2010

Multimedia realisation

MediaCurrent, 2010

Funding

Council of Tampere Region’s regional development fund and City of Tampere

Updating the information

The information provided by the museums will be surveyed annually before summer’s travel season. In addition, the museums in the portal are recommended to inform promptly of all changes in their information to the person updating the portal.

The person in charge of updating the information is Pirkanmaa Provincial Museum’s local culture researcher Kirsi Kaivanto tel. 00358-500 830 130, kirsi.kaivanto(at)tampere.fi

Pirkanmaa Provincial Museum strives to keep the museum information updated but visitors are advised to verify the opening hours in advance directly from the museum, particularly when planning group travel. Pirkanmaa Provincial Museum is not responsible for inaccurate information or possible costs arising to a visitor due to inaccurate information.

How can a museum become part of the Museum Compass?

All museums in the Tampere Region – small or large, funded by private or public funds, run by professionals or amateurs – are welcome to join the Museum Compass. At this moment there are 86 museums in the portal.

Joining the portal is free of charge for the museums. The only requirement is that the museum has a permanent collection and that it is accessible to the public. Additional information is provided by Pirkanmaa Provincial Museum’s local culture researcher Kirsi Kavanto tel. 00358-0500 830 130, kirsi.kaivanto(at)tampere.fi

Museum Themes

Museums have been divided into themes so that everyone can easily find a museum that particularly interests them. There are 15 themes and they have been created in the way that each theme has at least 4 museums. The museums have been able to choose 1-3 themes that are most suitable to their collections and exhibitions. Naturally almost every museum narrates, in addition to the themes they have chosen, of local history of their area. Themes are briefly presented below.

  1. Professions shoemaker, blacksmith, hairdresser, merchant, master glassblower, police: working, methods, equipment and working spaces
  2. Ideologies and societies political ideologies, people’s movements, ideologies, groups of people, nations, foreign cultures and people
  3. Specialities espionage, milk platforms, information networks and other unique rarities
  4. Historical figures authors, poets, printers, artists, politicians, statesmen, industrial councellors
  5. Church and religionbeautiful churches, ecclesiastical artefacts and textiles
  6. Home and decor drawing room, chamber, cottage, rooms with a stove, communal kitchen: interiors decorated according to time and manner
  7. Craftsmanshipthe art of working with one’s hands using different materials: wood, bone, stone, ceramics, glass, textiles
  8. Children and child-minded something to touch, to see, to play with and to do things with, museums especially suitable for families with children
  9. Traffic and communicationroads, bridges, canals, sledges and carriages as well as motor vehicles: trains, boats, cars, mopeds, motorbikes as well as data communications: newspapers, telegraphs, phones and computers
  10. Nature and gardens sceneries in their natural condition and worked by man, animate and inanimate nature, plants, animals, rock and minerals
  11. Agriculture and country living farmer, peasant, cotter, crofter: living and storage buildings in the countryside, yards, work on the farm and equipment
  12. War and wartimeFinland’s wars, warlords, soldiers, weapons and defence, wartime phenomena and living during depression and the consequences of the wars
  13. Art and artistsArt in its all states, artists, artist homes and patrons
  14. Technology and industrymotors, machines, appliances, inventions, factories and mechanical production
  15. Sports types of sport, clubs, equipment, awards, hobbyists and successful athletes

Museum accessibility – criteria and symbols

Many museums have paid attention to special groups. Museum Compass has five symbols describing accessibility, presented below. Museums are responsible for the authenticity of the information they have provided.

Museum service symbols

It is easier to plan a museum visit beforehand when the visitor knows what basic services the museum offers additionally to interesting exhibitions. The Museum Compass uses four service symbols, presented below, with which museums inform what basic services they have available for public. Some museums also offer other services that are mentioned in the museum’s presentation or on their own webpage.

Social Media in Museum Compass

Museum Compass offers the opportunity to share info about the portal to your friends and networks. The most popular social media on the internet are Delicious, Digg, Facebook and Twitter. They are free but require registration. With the help of social media links you can store and share links on the internet to your friends and networks in different social media services. At the same time you can access your favourite links from any computer connected to the internet. You can find the links to social media services from individual museum information page. When you want to share the information to your network on the internet, click on the link of the service to which you have registered.

In Museum Compass you can also recommend museums to your friends. If you have a Facebook account simply click the Recommend button of your favourite museum to share it with all your Facebook friends.

The Leave a Comment box in each museum’s page is like an online guest book. You can share your museum experience, praise or recommend improvements. Comments can be written under your own name or nickname. Posting the comment will send it to the page to be viewed by all visitors in Museum Compass. Irrelevant or insulting comments are deleted. Reports of such comments can be made via the Give Feedback form in the bottom right corner of via email to the administrator: kirsi.kaivanto(at)tampere.fi

10 Gems – web exhibitions

In 2011 the Museum Compass was supplemented with museum’s own web exhibitions. Museum’s 1o Gems present the treasures and specialities found in each museums’ collection with photographs and short captions.  Unfortunately some of the web exhibitions are only available in Finnish at this moment.

Footage and copy rights

All the photographic material on the Museum Compass portal is protected by copyright laws. The rights to the photographs are indicated with each photograph. Graphic material, like the maps of the region and towns have been designed especially for this project and Pirkanmaa Provincial Museum owns their copy rights. Copying and using the photographic images and other footage is forbidden.