Museums in Danger

47th Conference 2024

8-11 September 2024 in Finland
(+ post-conference tour on 12 September)

The 47th edition of IATM’s Annual Conference revolves around the role of museums in times of global crises. It looks at dangers transport and communication museums face. Asks how they can contribute to wellbeing, education, and safety of their customers, as well as respond to attacks, international conflicts and ecological and economic challenges and responsibilities. The conference takes delegates to Finland’s vast museum landscape from 8-11 September with an optional post-conference tour on 12 September. 

Museums in Danger focuses on museums in times of multiple global crises: The accelerating climate crisis, growing possibilities of destructions by warfare or severe budget cuts by governments. Further threats through cyber attacks, human misconduct, and natural disasters keep shaping the challenges museums face today.

How does this effect our museums?
In what ways can we secure our work or collections? How have political developments shaped our work, relationships with other countries and influenced our economic situation? Are museums places of guidance or support in unstable situations? What kind of responses and preparations exist at museums of transport and communication?

IATM’s 47th annual conference will provide an opportunity to discuss, and exchange on the work and experiences by museum professionals around the globe. Join us in Finland for Museums in Danger and to enjoy the network!

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Get together

The Finnish Railway Museum, Hyvinkäänkatu 9, 05800 Hyvinkää


Guided tours through the Finnish Railway Museum (Registration for both tours possible)

Tour 1: Genuine Journey Through Time

We start our journey in 1862 when the first railway line in Finland was opened. During the tour we will see The Russian Emperors Finnish train, the oldest preserved locomotive in Finland from the year 1868 and the famous diesel car “Lättähattu”, which made travelling more equal.

Tour 2: Private Railway, Station and Garden

The tour shows us the beautiful station and dwelling yard of the first private railway line in Finland. We’ll hear about the railway gardens in Hyvinkää and visit the old roundhouse with some interesting steam locomotives.



Vapriiki Museum Centre, Alaverstaanraitti 5, 33100 Tampere (Don’t worry, we’ll get you there by the museum train!)



Train ride with the historic museum train from Hyvinkää to Tampere
Meeting Point: TBA, bring your luggage if you are changing hotels (recommended)


Possible check-in at hotels in Tampere


Lunch at Restaurant Tampella, Kelloportinkatu 1, Tampere

Session 1


Welcome at the Museum Centre Vapriikki


Keynote: Emergency Preparedness in Museums – the Benefit of Emergency Alliances

Peter Giere, Curator Embryologic collections & head of the Competence Centre Collections, Museum of Natural History Berlin


Discussion & Break


Workshop: Three Streams of Danger for Museums. Environmental, Financial and Deterioration of Collections Due to Storage and Use.

IATM Board


News of the Field
IATM members share their recent news and development in a quick round (please inform us about your interest to speak via the registration form)


Coffee Break

Session 2


Talk: Between Old and New – A Delayed Capital Project’s Influence on a Museum

Richard Zima, Head of Content and Exhibitions, Hungarian Museum of Science, Technology and Transport


Talk: Museums in Crisis – Experiences (and Solutions) from around the Baltic Sea

Tuomas Värjö, Boat and Boat Engine Collections, Forum Marinum


Talk: Stronger by Networking. Resilience through Association

Heini Sorakivi, Project Manager, Finnish Association of Traffic Museums




Evening at the Museum Centre Vapriikki hosted by the Postal Museum and the Finnish Museum of Games


Dinner at the Museum Centre’s Restaurant Valssi

Session 3

The Finnish Lenin Museum, Hämeenpuisto 28, Tampere


Visit to the Lenin Museum & Introduction to the Changing Museum by Museum Director Kalle Kallio


Transfer by Museum Bus to Mobilia – Finnish Museum of Car and Road

Session 4

Mobilia – Finnish Museum of Car and Road, Kustaa Kolmannen tie 75, 36270 Kangasala




Talk: Turning a Challenge into an Opportunity: Echoes of the Blitz at London Transport Museum

Matt Brosnan, Head Curator, London Transport Museum






Keynote: Documentation and Highlighting of the Ongoing War: Experience of the War Museum in Ukraine

Yurii Savchuk, Director, National Museum of the History of Ukraine in the Second World War


Talk: Are Aviation Museums and Collections More in Danger during Armed Conflicts than other Cultural Institutions?

Matias Laitinen, Curator, The Finnish Aviation Museum


Discussion & Break

IATM General Meeting


IATM General Meeting
Further information will be provided to all IATM members in advance.
Session 5


Talk: The Climate Effects of Having a Hobby

Anni Antila, Development Manager, Mobilia


Talk: Sustainability Work at Mobilia

Elina Toukola, Customer Service Manager, Mobilia




Tours through the collections of Mobilia (registration in advance necessary and possible via the registration form)


Dinner at Mobilia


Bus transfer back to Tampere

The Finnish Aviation Museum, Karhumäentie 12, 01530 Vantaa (Don’t worry, a bus ride from Tampere is organised!)


Bus transfer from Tampere to the Finnish Aviation Museum near the Helsinki-Vantaa Airport (if you are leaving from the airport after this conference day or are staying in Helsinki for the remainder of the conference, you can take your luggage with you)


Welcome Coffee & Welcome at the Finnish Aviation Museum


Guided Tours through the Finnish Aviation Museum (registration in advance necessary and possible via the registration form)




Guided Tours through the Finnish Aviation Museum (registration in advance necessary and possible via the registration form)


End of Conference

Forum Marinum Maritime Centre, Linnankatu 72, 20100 Turku


Bus transfer from Helsinki to Turku


Guided Tours or free exploration of the museum




Guided Tours or free exploration of the museum


Bus transfer back to Helsinki

Conference Programme

IATM prepared a thoughtful conference programme for you. Keynotes, talks, and discussions take on different dangers and crises in and for museums. Additionally, lots of tours and locations will introduce you to the Finnish transport and communications museum landscape.

Registration & Conference Fee

Registration to the conference is open from 1 June 2024 until 30 August 2024 and possible via this IATM Website.


What’s included?

330 Euro

Participation in the Conference from 8-11 September 2024
includes all lunches & dinners, bus and train rides organized as part of the programme between 8 and 11 September

360 Euro

Participation in the Conference from 8-11 September 2024 and the study day
includes all lunches & dinners, bus and train rides organized as part of the programme between 8 and 12 September

The fee should be paid to the IATM office prior to the conference.
Further travel to and from the conference as well as costs for accommodation etc. are excluded.

You do not need to be an IATM member to be able to attend the conference.

IATM offers a special opportunity to employees of IATM member institutions that might otherwise not be able to attend the conference. Please see further information on our special Skill Bridge Bursary here.

Meet the Speakers

We’ll be introducing our conference speakers and their talks here soon!

Get to know Finland's transport and communication museums

As always, the conference will also include an in-depth look at several of Finland’s transport and communication museums. They will be spread across the conference days as well as a post-conference tour on Thursday, 12 September. Among the museums visited during the conference are the Finnish Railway Museum in Hyvinkää, Mobilia – Museum of Car and Road in Kangasala the Lenin Museum, and Tampere’s Museum Centre Vapriikki. Tampere’s Museum Centre Vapriikki includes – among others – the Finnish Museum of Games, and the Finnish Postal Museum. Additionally, on the study day on 12 September the Forum Marinum in Turku will be visited including a bus tour from Helsinki to Turku.


There are several options for your accommodation available.
We suggest two different hotel stays (or three, depending on your participation in the study day) for the entire conference. The suggested hotels offer a special rate for delegates.

You are free to make your own reservations at the suggested or different hotels. Please bear in mind that the distances for the conference are large and public transport is not always well-suited for such travels.

Hyvinkää (one night, 8-9 September)

Hotel Sveitsi, Härkävehmaankatu 4, 05900 Hyvinkää
Distance to Finnish Railway Museum: 2 kilometers
Reservation code: 080924SUO

Hotel Sveitsi is situated in the middle of the South-Finland region. It takes 45 minutes by car from Helsinki and 30 minutes to one hour from Helsinki-Vantaa Airport. The hotel is well connected to public transport and 1.5 km from the main train and bus station. Hotel shuttle busses operate between the city center and hotel throughout the day.

Scandic Hyvinkää, Hämeenkatu 2-4, 05800 Hyvinkää
Distance to Finnish Railway Museum: 1.5 Kilometers
Discounted rate via reservation at using the booking code FIARB

The hotel is located next to Hyvinkää railway station. It features a restaurant, a lobby bar and a pub that’s popular among locals. The same goes for the hotel’s popular night club. The hotel also features a sauna and a gym. 

Tampere (two nights, 9-11 September)

Radisson Blue Grand Hotel Tammer, Satakunnankatu 13, 33100 Tampere
Distance to Vapriikki Museum Centre: 500 meters, about 7 minutes
Reservation number: 27649090

The Radisson Blu Grand Hotel Tammer is located in a park right by the Tammerkoski river, in the city center. Among the amenities are the on-site bistro dining and a delicious breakfast, which is enjoyed in the impressive banquet hall. 

Solo Sokos Hotel Torni Tampere, Ratapihankatu 43, 33100 Tampere
Distance to Vapriikki Museum Centre: 1.5 kilometres, 20 min by foot, 15 by public transport
Reservation number: 2982306

Located in the heart of Tampere, Solo Sokos Hotel Torni Tampere is the highest hotel in Finland. The 88 metre high hotel tower is combined with old locomotive depots. Its Moro Sky Bar is a popular meeting place and viewpoint for Tampere. Tampere Railway Station and Bus Station can be reached in 2 and 10 minutes respectively. Tampere-Pirkkala Airport can be reached by car or bus in 20 to 40 minutes, while it takes approx. 2 hours by train or car to Helsinki-Vantaa Airport. 

Helsinki (applies to study day, one night, 11-12 September) 

Scandic Grand Central, Vilhonkatu 13, 00100 Helsinki
Discounted rate via reservation at using the booking code FIARB

A unique hotel in the centre of Helsinki. The former Helsinki Railway Station was designed by Eliel Saarinen in the Art Nouveau style. Today it houses this comfortable hotel.

Practical Information for your pleasant stay in Finland

We are delighted to welcome you to Finland! Please find some practical information on traveling, currency, and the like in our practical guide below.