The shine of silver, art treasures, and gifts from countries far away. Goldsmith Kustaa Hiekka (1855–1937) was a master craftsman, a skilful businessman, an art collector, and a globetrotter. The collection of the home museum Hiekka founded comprises mainly Finnish art from the 1850s to the present, as well as foreign art from 1630–1910. The collection also includes silver artefacts and furniture. Hiekka was a cosmopolitan man who travelled around the world in 1907–1908 and brought back artefacts for his collection from his numerous travels.
The building that houses the Hiekka Art Museum was designed by Oiva Viljanen and completed in 1928. It was the first building in Tampere specifically built for museum use. The museum opened in 1931. Other places worth visiting near the museum include Alexander Church, which is surrounded by an old cemetery, and also the modern library building Metso, designed by Raili and Reima Pietilä, is nearby.