The lovely blue building that houses City Hall began as the Hotel Seurahuone in 1833. It was designed by Carl Engel and was taken over by the city in 1901 and became City Hall in 1913. The offices of the Mayor and Deputy Mayor and meeting facilities for the City Council and City Board are here.
Virka Info is a public information service for Helsinki residents and for services for immigrants. There are 6 public access computers available. As well as this, Virka gallery organises exhibitions, concerts, movie screenings and other free events in the lobby and banquet hall.
When I was at City Hall in early July there was a delightful exhibition of advertising posters from the Finnish Co-operative Union from 1949 to 1957. The posters from the Labour Archives constitute one of the most extensive collections of posters related to commercial activity in Finland. The archives have a total of 1,891 co-operative advertising posters.
The exhibition is on until 31st August.
City Hall is in the Kruunhaka district next to Market Square at Pohjoisesplanadi 11 – 13.
City Hall is open Monday to Friday from 9.00 – 19.00 and Saturday and Sunday from 10.00 – 16.00.