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Your Body – The Sweaty History of Gyms

Helsinki City Museum, Helsinki

  • 10.11.2023–25.2.2024

This November visitors can expect tights, sweatpants, iron, palm trees and, if not real, at least the imaginary smell of sweat as the Helsinki City Museum turns into an immersive gym.


The exhibition space on the fourth floor of the Helsinki City Museum presents perspectives on urban culture. Soon, you can break a sweat in a rowing machine, think about body image at different times and measure Arnold Schwarzeneggers biceps. The Your Body exhibition will contain authentic dressing rooms and a gym to evoke the atmosphere of the 1980s and 1990s.

Your Body – The Sweaty History of Gymstells the story of gyms and gym lovers. Competing bodybuilders, weightlifters, fitness athletes and amateurs improving their condition – what makes them move? Why do people go to the gym or take group exercise classes? The exhibition gives a voice to the various users of gyms and sports services. The topic contains subtle points of view and themes evoking strong emotions, focusing on ones own and others appearance, objects and meanings of ones gaze, body positivity, beauty and health.

The exhibition was designed byTuomas SiitonenandPivi Roivainenfrom Good Kombo. The exhibition is produced by City Museum LecturerSauli Seppland Head of UnitJari Harju. The exhibitions campaign look is designed by Hasan & Partners.

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Helsinki City Museum
Aleksanterinkatu 16, 00170 Helsinki

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Opening hours

Mon 11:00-19:00
Tue 11:00-19:00
Wed 11:00-19:00
Thu 11:00-19:00
Fri 11:00-19:00
Sat 11:00-17:00
Sun 11:00-17:00

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