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Kiasma Museum of Modern Arts

Kiasma – Museum of Modern Arts

What is Kiasma Museum?

Fans of modern and contemporary art will find them wanting to go Kiasma, located perfectly downtown Helsinki and easily reached from anywhere in the city center. Many of the exhibitions presented here are quite controversial and sure to stimulate the guest's mind and senses. Since it is so easily accessible, it is a perfect place to fill in time in your itinerary or to just admire the architecture and take pictures of the magnificent building.

"Kiasma is a contemporary art museum located in Helsinki, Finland. Kiasma is part of the Finnish National Gallery. One of the leading museums of contemporary art in the Nordic region, Kiasma delights and provokes, impresses, surprises and entertains.

The museum showcases and collects art of our time. It seeks to make contemporary art accessible to as large an audience as possible and thereby to offer people new experiences and new perspectives on life. Kiasma is the perfect place to enjoy and experience art.

What does Kiasma mean?

Kiasma is Finnish for chiasma, a term that describes the crossing of nerves or tendons or the intertwining of two chromatids, the thread-like strands of a chromosome. The name is a fitting symbol for a museum of contemporary art: Kiasma is a place of encounters. It is an arena for the exchange of opinions and the redefinition of art and culture."

Kiasma Museum of Modern Arts in a Nutshell

  • Completed 1998
  • about 300 00 visitors in a year
  • Main venue for the Ars-art exhibitions (every 5-12 years)
  • Kiasma collection of art consists of over 8000 pieces of art
  • Hosts temporary exhibitions, collection exhibitions as well as performances
  • The building was designed by Steven Holl
  • Free admission every first friday of the month

How To Get To Kiasma Museum?

Address: Museum of Contemporary Art Kiasma, Mannerheiminaukio 2, Helsinki

From around Helsinki:

  1. Easily reached by walking from anywhere downtown Helsinki
  2. Get to Central Railway Station, Elielinaukio, Rautatientori or Kamppi stations and walk from there.
  3. The closest subway station is Central Railway Station
  4. Trams 2, 4, 7, 10 pass just by Kiasma Museum

What to do at Kiasma Museum?

Start by admiring the architecture of the four-floor building designed by American Steven Holl. The building is best viewed from the street side of Mannerheimintie, across the Eduskuntatalo - Parliament House. Take pictures and see how the big windows of this beautiful building take in the natural light of Finland and reflect the city and life of Helsinki.

Inside you can pay to get into the current exhibition. Prices are 14€ per person, 12€ for elderly and free for guests under the age of 18. The exhibitions are contemporary and often challenges the mind and opinion of the viewer. Sometimes Kiasma's ever-growing collection of art will be presented at the exhibition. See the exhibitions here:

If you plan ahead, you can find a performance to see when you visit, great chance to experience some live modern art. See upcoming performances here:

If you are in need of a break or wish to visit without entering the exhibitions, it is a great idea to visit the downstairs cafe which offers lunch, ala-carte dinner alongside coffee, desserts, and snacks.


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Ateneum Art Museum Helsinki

Ateneum Art Museum Helsinki

What is Ateneum?

Ateneum is an art museum in Helsinki, Finland and one of the three museums forming the Finnish National Gallery. It is located in the centre of Helsinki on the south side of Rautatientori square close to Helsinki Central railway station. It has the biggest collections of classical art in Finland. Previously the Ateneum building also housed the Finnish Academy of Fine Arts and University of Art and Design Helsinki, but has solely been a museums since 1991. The Ateneum building is owned by Senate Properties (Finnish: Senaatti-kiinteistöt), the government real estate provider.

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Ateneum is a jewel in the heart of the Helsinki for classic art lovers. Permanent Finnish art exhibition is complimented by world class rotating art exhibitions. Easy to access and truly appetite-pleasing for art lovers who visit Helsinki

How to Get to Ateneum Art Museum?

Address: Kaivokatu 2, 00100 Helsinki

From Downtown Helsinki:

  1. Opposite of Central Railway station, walk across
  2. Easy to walk to from Kamppi Center
  3. Reachable by citybike
  4. Central Railway Station is just moments away from Ateneum
  5. Busses heading to Elielinaukio or Rautatientori are very close to Ateneum
  6. Trams 1-7 and 9 all stop at Rautatieasema tram station

Contact information:

Phone: +358(0)29 4500401


What to do at Ateneum Art Museum?

Inside Ateneum Art Museum

Three main reasons to visit Ateneum:

  1. Visit the permanent exhibition to see classic Finnish paintings and art pieces
  2. See current rotating exhibition. To know what is currently on, see:
  3. The gift shop has many good ideas for souvenirs and things you can not find elsewhere.

Nearby Ateneum

During summertime, there are many terraces to enjoy alcohol while taking in the sun. Ateneum is literally in the heart of the city, so heading to dinner or lunch afterwards gives you full of choices. Short distance walk to Kauppatori or Tuomiokirkko, maybe even go and take a ferry to Suomenlinna.


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