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.
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Enjoy your time in Helsinki!

Helsinki Guru ^^


Ateneum National Art Gallery



From the outside, Ateneum art museum is perhaps one of the most prominent buildings in Helsinki. Due to its close proximity to the Central Railway station Central Railway station in Helsinki, Ateneum attracts the attention of every visitor coming into the city centre, as the beautiful exterior of the building in which the museum is contained is one of the first things a visitor will see. Constructed in 1887 in a style much grander than any other building surrounding it, Ateneum was known as a ‘Palace of a million marks’ – when you see it, you’ll understand why.

Indeed, Ateneum was a great project for a small nation like Finland. When you look above the entrance to the building, you can observe a text in large letters – which reads ‘Concordia res parvae crescunt’. For those of you who don’t speak Latin, the translation is ‘Through unity small things do grow’ – this was the original motto of Ateneum. It is a direct reference to Art and crafts being contained under the same roof – the Helsinki Drawing School was located there, and also the School of Applied Art, and that was the original aim of the building.  In fact, Ateneum used to have multiple functions during its early years. In both the interior and exterior, most of this old heritage still survives.


Today however, the museum has a large collection of Finnish art from some masters, and also some lesser known artists. There you can also enjoy the works of Vincent Van Gogh, Paul Cezanne and some other world famous artists.  The museum regularly hosts various temporary exhibitions. The building has served its current purpose of a National gallery from 1990s.

You can find the museum at the address Kaivokatu 2, which is just a 2 minute walk from the central railway station and Rautatientori metro station. The museum is open every day, except Mondays. The entrance fee is 15 euros per adult. For more information you can visit

Enjoy the museum!

Helsinki Guru ^^