Welcome to Baytuna’s interactive children’s story time workshop! 

Friday the 5th of August from 4 to 6 pm at the National Museum of Finland, inside the Baytuna Pop-up exhibition, Ateljee, 2nd floor. Free admission. 

The workshop aims to advocate the Arabic language and literature to Arabic-speaking families and any family interested in learning! Our active listening session runs from 4.30 to 5.30 pm. Listeners, big and small, can ask questions and share their thoughts. The stories are best suited for children between the ages of 3 and 5. Older siblings are welcome and will be offered suitable activities by our staff. Parents are encouraged to pick up any of the available books if they feel their child is distracted. The workshop is designed to feel comfortable, free, and inviting. We look forward to seeing you there! 

The workshop is given by Meri Helmi Särkkä. Meri is a multidisciplinary fine artist from Bahrain whose work has been shown in galleries and museums around the world. Mother of two, and passionate about children’s literature, she is keen to promote new literary trends from the Arabic-speaking world to families living in Finland.

When the workshop is over, or before it starts, you can climb up to the 3rd floor with the kids and visit the “Exploring the Ancient Near East” Exhibition. 

Opening of our Baytuna Pop-up exhibition in the National Museum of Finland!  

We are glad to announce that Baytuna will be visiting the National Museum of Finland, Helsinki, from Tuesday 2nd of August to Sunday 7th of August 2022. Come and visit us in the bright and airy Ateljee space, on the 2nd floor. We are open to the public from 11 am to 6 pm every day.  Entrance is free during our workshops on ancient Mesopotamian mathematics and our reading workshop for kids in Arabic! We are looking forward to your visit!  

Design and illustration by Shareef Askar

We would like to thank all our collaborators at the National Museum, it has been a real pleasure to organise this event together!


Join our workshop on ancient Mesopotamian mathematics !

Thursday 4th of August from 2 to 4 pm, National Museum of Finland, inside the Baytuna Pop-up exhibition, Ateljee, 2nd floor. Free admission.

Travel back in time to experience ancient Mesopotamian mathematics! 

How did ancient Mesopotamians count? How did they write numbers? What does a 3000-year-old maths exercise look like and are you ready to tackle it? Come to our workshop and find out! Cuneiform is one of the oldest writing systems of the world, originating around 3000 BC in Mesopotamia, present-day Iraq. In this hands-on workshop, adults and children can travel back in time to experience, with clay and styluses, the materiality of ancient mathematics. You can also learn to write your name or perhaps copy a Sumerian proverb on a clay tablet you can take home and keep for the next couple of thousand years! 

The workshop is given by MA Aino Haavisto. Aino has studied assyriology (study of ancient Mesopotamian cuneiform languages and cultures), various other languages, computer science, and mathematics at the University of Helsinki. Living history through practising cuneiform writing on clay and teaching this ancient handcraft is one of her hobbies. 

We would like to thank the research center Ancient Near Eastern Empires (CoE ANEE) for their support in the organization of this event. 

This workshop is organized in the framework of the Bridges 2022 Family Day & Math-Art Expo, taking place in the National Museum on the afternoon of the 4th of August. On this occasion, entrance is free to the museum from 1 to 5.30 pm.