FREE Museum Days

Helsinki is a beautiful city that has a lot to offer. Here you will find a great variety of architectural styles, cosy cafes, traditional saunas and, of course – museums! Helsinki is a city that actively promotes the cultural development of its citizens and FREE museum days are quite common. In this article you will find out which museums you can visit for free and when!

National Museum of Finland


The National museum of Finland is perhaps one of the most loved museums in Helsinki. The building for the museum was designed by a famous Finnish architect Eliel Saarinen in 1916. It is a great example of the Finnish National Romantic Style which was very popular at the time. The museum today takes the visitors though the history of Finland – from the Stone Age through to the modern day. The FREE entrance to the museum is every single Friday of the month, but only from 16:00-18:00. So make the most of your visit! The address is Mannerheimintie 34.

Incidentally, the first Friday of the month is the time when most of the city museums are open for FREE. If you are coming to Helsinki around that time then don’t miss that chance!

Kiasma museum

kiasma_1.jpgKiasma is a contemporary art museum, in an equally contemporary building. The building was designed by an American Architect, called Steven Holl, and is in a very modern and breath taking style. It is located in the very heart of Helsinki, only a 10 minute walk from the old city centre. The museum offers a great variety of exhibitions which promote the status of the modern art in Finland. The entrance to Kiasma is free on the first 1st Friday of the month from 16:00-20:00 o’clock. You can find the museum at: Mannerheiminaukio 2.

Museum of Finnish Architecture


The name of the museum speaks for itself. It is a brilliant place for those who love architecture. The museum is entirely devoted to the architecture in Finland and even has a specialised library. The museum offers permanent and temporary exhibitions which change every other month. You can visit the museum free of charge during the 1st Friday of the month from 11-16 o’clock .The address is Kasarmikatu 24.

Natural History Museum

504029e1297a49f48a6eda29bbc22892.jpgThe Natural History Museum is located in an attractive building that features a statue of two giraffes on its balcony.  The museum is great for kids and those interested in nature. Zoological, botanical and geological collections are the main collections there. On the 1st Friday of the month you can enter the museum for free from 14-17. The address is Pohjoinen Rautatiekatu 13.

Sinebrychoff Art Museum


The Sinebrychoff Art Museum is a beautiful place located in a historic building which used to belong to the one of the richest families in Helsinki. The building used to host the Sinebrychoff brewery offices on the first floor and the living quarters of the family on the second floor.  Today, the museum has the most valuable pieces of the old European masters to be found in Finland. You can visit this museum Free of charge during the 1st Wednesday of the month between 17:00-20:00 o’clock. The address is Bulevardi 40.
Looking for more free things to do? Check out this blog post.

Enjoy your time in Helsinki!

Helsinki Guru ^^

Liquorice&Salmiakki Festival

Are you a big fan of black gold?

If you are in the Nordics, Black Gold is what we call our delicious Liquorice! 11-12 November in the heart of Helsinki you have an amazing opportunity to visit the most ‘liquorishy’ event of the year – Liquorice and Salmiakki festival.

If you are wondering what ‘Salmiakki’ is, we can give you a few hints here. Salmiakki or otherwise known in Finland as a Finnish candy is a sweet made of salted liquorice. This is something extremely traditional in Finland and the Nordics. The main ingredient is the extract derived from the liquorice root known as ammonium chloride.

Salmiakki is also the reason for a big divide in the society; some people are very fond of it, but some absolutely hate it. For many foreigners who are coming from Asia or Latin America, the taste of Salmiakki sweet is reminiscent of a cough syrup. Indeed, liquorice root does have a power to help with healing a sore throat.  But regardless of its medicinal powers, any foreigners find that Salmiakki taste is a bit too much for them to handle. You can perhaps describe the phenomenon of Salmiakki as a Finnish marmite. Love it or hate it!

But anyway, the taste of the candy is very distinctive and can hardly be described in words. The best thing to do to work out whether you like it or not is just to try it! When visiting supermarkets in Finland, you will definitely notice that locals have a great devotion to the product. You will find products such as Salmiakki ice cream, Salmiakki chocolate, Salmiakki yoghurts and cookies; we even created a real Salmiakki vodka type drink! In fact there are not so many products that do not have Salmiakki in, so look out carefully for what you buy.

I would really recommend that you go and check out the liquorice festival just as a part of your local cuisine experience in Helsinki! Follow the information below to buy your tickets and find the venue!

Location: Wanha Satama, Taxpath in Helsinki
Open: Saturday 11th November at 10-18;  Sunday 12th November at 11-17
Entrance: 12 Euros, pre-purchase 10 Euros.

Here you buy your ticket

Enjoy the festival!

Helsinki Guru ^^