History of the Finnish Hockey Hall of Fame
The Finnish Hockey Hall of Fame was founded in 1979 in connection with the 50th anniversary of the Finnish Ice Hockey Association. The first exhibition facilities were located at the Tampere Ice Arena. They were first opened for public on 13 December 1979. The principal founder of the Hockey Hall of Fame was Aarne Honkavaara, who served as its first attendant for almost 20 years.

In 2001 the Finnish Hockey Hall of Fame moved to new premises at Vapriikki Museum Centre. The exhibition and collections were reorganized according to professional museum standards. The latest refurbishment of the Permanent Exhibition took place in 2009.

The fresh Stanley Cup winner Ville Nieminen meets Aarne Honkavaara, the Honorary President of the Finnish Ice Hockey Museum Association, at the opening ceremony of the new Museum exhibition rooms in September 2001. Photo: Carlos Salinas Bascur. Tampere Museums.