The Helsinki University Museum preserves the cultural heritage of the University of Helsinki and manages its artefact, art and photographic collections. Through its exhibitions the Museum imparts knowledge about the history of science and the University, thereby contributing to the building of the University community.
The Helsinki Observatory is a part of the University Museum. The Observatory, which was completed on Observatory Hill (Tähtitorninmäki) in 1834, now functions as an astronomy visitor centre that tells the story of the astronomical craft and its history to people of all ages. The Observatory houses a planetarium and offers venues for hire. The Art Room of the University of Helsinki is also a part of the University Museum.