The Postal Museum’s stamp collections cover the history of Finnish stamps from the very first one, issued in 1856. The collections also include earlier letters as well as a remarkable collection of Porto stempel envelopes introduced in Finland in 1845.

In addition to stamps, envelopes and other philatelic products, we also preserve materials resulting from their production: sketches, work drawings, print originals, proofs, printing sheets and various printing tools.

Researchers also have access to various reference collections on, for example, sheets of stamps and postmarks. In addition, the Postal Museum has purchased or been donated special and research collections from private collectors.

Philately as a hobby is represented in the collections by items like albums and stamp holder booklets from various eras as well as exhibition medals.

You can view the collections by arranging your visit beforehand; see Collection services >

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Porto stempel envelope, 1845
A delivery from Kristiinankaupunki to Porvoo equipped with Finland’s first stamp, 1856
A rare set of the first 5-kopeck stamps with large pearls
A delivery sent from Iisalmi to Berlin via St Petersburg in 1871, equipped with 1866 stamps with large teeth.
A sheet from the first print batch of Finland’s first stamp during its independence, designed by Eliel Saarinen.
Finland’s perhaps best-known misprint, the Zeppelin 1830 stamp on a delivery.
Part of the printing sheet for a stamp booklet published in 1972.
Signe Hammarsten-Jansson’s sketch and work drawing for the engraver for a 1954 anti-tuberculosis stamp.
Part of Erik Bruun’s sketch for the Owls mini sheet, 1998
The original engraving for the Diving stamp designed for the Helsinki Olympic Games by Aimo Ronkanen.
Stamp album, ca. 1900.
Medals for the Finlandia 88 World Philatelic Exhibition: an opened exhibition medal designed by Kauko Räsänen on the left and a commemorative medal designed by Pentti Rahikainen on the right.
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