LUOMUS

Finnish Museum of Natural History

Kaisaniemi Botanic Garden


Opening hours

Outdoor garden

The outdoor garden is open daily from 9 am to 8 pm.

    Glasshouses

    There are exceptions in the glasshouse opening hours around Christmas and New Year, please check daily opening hours from the Exceptional opening hours list below.

    Monday Closed
    Tuesday 10 am – 5 pm
    Wednesday 10 am – 5 pm
    Thursday 10 am – 6 pm
    Friday 10 am – 5 pm 
    Saturday 10 am – 5 pm
    Sunday 10 am – 4 pm

    The ticket sale ends 30 min. before closing time.

    Free entrance in 2018 to the glasshouses on the first Friday of every month at 2 – 5 pm.

    In 2019 there is free entrance to the glasshouses on the first Friday in January, March, May, July, September and November during the whole day (10 am to 5 pm).


    Exceptional opening hours (for glasshouses)

    Independence Day 6.12.2018 Closed
    Christmas 24–26.12.2018 Closed
    Days between Christmas and New Year 27–30.12.2018 Open, normal opening hours
    New Year 31.12.2018 – 1.1.2019 Closed
    Week 1, Wed.–Fri. 2.1.2019 Closed
    3–4.1.2019 Open, normal opening hours
    Epiphany Eve 5.1.2019 Open 10 am – 5 pm
    Epiphany 6.1.2019 Open 10 am – 4 pm
    Service week (week 12) 18–22.3.2019 Closed
    23–24.3.2019 Open, normal opening hours
    Maundy Thursday 18.4.2019 Open 10 am – 5 pm (no extended hours)
    Good Friday 19.4.2019 Closed
    Easter Saturday 20.4.2019 Open 10 am – 5 pm
    Easter Sunday 21.4.2019 Open 10 am – 4 pm
    Easter Monday 22.4.2019 Closed
    Tuesday before May Day 30.4.2019 Open 10 am – 5 pm
    May Day 1.5.2019 Closed
    Ascension day 30.5.2019 Open 10 am – 5 pm (no extended hours)
    Pentecost 9.6.2019 Open 10 am – 4 pm
    Thursday 20.6.2019 Open 10 am – 5 pm (no extended hours)
    Midsummer 21–23.6.2019 Closed
    All Saints´ Day 2.11.2019 Open 10 am – 5 pm
    Independence Day 6.12.2019 Closed
    Christmas 23–26.12.2019 Closed
    Fri.–Sun. after Christmas 27–29.12.2019 Open, normal opening hours
    New Year 30.12.2019 – 1.1.2020 Closed
    Week 1, Thurs.–Sat. 2–4.1.2020 Open, normal opening hours
    Epiphany Eve 5.1.2020 Open 10 am to 4 pm
    Epiphany 6.1.2020 Closed
    Independence Day 6.12.2018 Closed
    Christmas 24–26.12.2018 Closed
    Days between Christmas and New Year 27–30.12.2018 Open, normal opening hours
    New Year 31.12.2018 – 1.1.2019 Closed
    Week 1, Wed.–Fri. 2.1.2019 Closed
    3–4.1.2019 Open, normal opening hours
    Epiphany Eve 5.1.2019 Open 10 am – 5 pm
    Epiphany 6.1.2019 Open 10 am – 4 pm
    Service week (week 12) 18–22.3.2019 Closed
    23–24.3.2019 Open, normal opening hours
    Maundy Thursday 18.4.2019 Open 10 am – 5 pm (no extended hours)
    Good Friday 19.4.2019 Closed
    Easter Saturday 20.4.2019 Open 10 am – 5 pm
    Easter Sunday 21.4.2019 Open 10 am – 4 pm
    Easter Monday 22.4.2019 Closed
    Tuesday before May Day 30.4.2019 Open 10 am – 5 pm
    May Day 1.5.2019 Closed
    Ascension day 30.5.2019 Open 10 am – 5 pm (no extended hours)
    Pentecost 9.6.2019 Open 10 am – 4 pm
    Thursday 20.6.2019 Open 10 am – 5 pm (no extended hours)
    Midsummer 21–23.6.2019 Closed
    All Saints´ Day 2.11.2019 Open 10 am – 5 pm
    Independence Day 6.12.2019 Closed
    Christmas 23–26.12.2019 Closed
    Fri.–Sun. after Christmas 27–29.12.2019 Open, normal opening hours
    New Year 30.12.2019 – 1.1.2020 Closed
    Week 1, Thurs.–Sat. 2–4.1.2020 Open, normal opening hours
    Epiphany Eve 5.1.2020 Open 10 am to 4 pm
    Epiphany 6.1.2020 Closed

    Entrance Fees

    Outdoor garden

    Outdoor garden has free entrance all year round.

    Glasshouses

    Accepted methods of payment are cash/bank card, credit cards Visa, Visa Electron and MasterCard. Smartum's 5-euro-Liikunta- ja Kulttuuriseteli ”culture voucher” and Smartum Visa are also accepted as well as the Museum Card. Groups may also pay their entrance fees by invoice. The invoice is filled in when arriving to the glasshouses. For billing please take with you the necessary billing information (including business ID or the birth date of the invoice receiver). Billing fee 8 €.

    Entrance fees 2018

    Free entry on the last three opening hours (from 2 to 5 pm) of the first Friday of every month in 2018.

    General ticket prices
    Adults 10 €
    Children 7–17 years 5 €
    Discount groups  
    Pensioners 7 €
    Conscripts, persons undergoing non-military service 7 €
    The unemployed 7 €
    Students 5 €
    Employees of the University of Helsinki 7 €
       
    Free entrance - free, report at the ticket office  
    Children under 7 years (except in groups)
    Group leaders
    Assistants for the disabled  
    Finnish veterans  
    Press  
    ICOM card holders  
    Students at the faculty of Biological and Environmental Sciences at University of Helsinki (only basic degree students)  
    Kindergarten, primary and secondary school, upper secondary and vocational school teachers from Finnish institutes  
    Members of Kasvitieteellisen puutarhan ystävät ry  
    Entrance fees for groups

    Pre booking is not necessary for self-directed group visits to the glasshouses in Kaisaniemei Botanic Garden.

    Family ticket (for children and adults)
    Max 2 adults and 4 children
    26 €
    Groups of 10 or more adults 7 €/person
    Kindergarten and school groups (of under 18 year olds)
    Fee is collected from all group members (also under 7 year olds). The group instructors have free entrance.
    4 €/person
    Guided groups booked in advance Regardless of group size, group leader and children under 7 years have free entrance 7 €/person
    Guided tours

    For more information on guided tours and their prices, please visit the page Guided Tours.


    Entrance fees 2019

    In 2019 there is free entrance to the glasshouses on the first Friday in January, March, May, July, September and November during the whole day (10 am to 5 pm).

    General ticket prices
    Adults 10 €
    Children 7–17 years 5 €
    Discount groups  
    Students 5 €
    Pensioners 8 €
    Conscripts, persons undergoing non-military service 8 €
    The unemployed 8 €
    Employees of the University of Helsinki 8 €
       
    Free entrance - free, report at the ticket office  
    Children under 7 years (except in groups)
    Group leaders
    Assistants for the disabled  
    Finnish veterans  
    Press  
    ICOM card holders  
    Students at the faculty of Biological and Environmental Sciences at University of Helsinki (only basic degree students)  
    Kindergarten, primary and secondary school, upper secondary and vocational school teachers from Finnish institutes  
    Members of Kasvitieteellisen puutarhan ystävät ry  
    Entrance fees for groups

    Pre booking is not necessary for self-directed group visits to the glasshouses in Kaisaniemei Botanic Garden.

    Family ticket (for children and adults)
    Max 2 adults and 4 children
    26 €
    Groups of 15 or more adults (also for groups attending guided tours) 8 €/person
    Kindergarten and school groups (of under 18 year olds)
    Fee is collected from all group members (also under 7 year olds). The group instructors have free entrance.
    4 €/person
    Guided tours

    For more information on guided tours and their prices, please visit the page Guided Tours.


    How to get there

    The Kaisaniemi Botanic Garden is located in Kaisaniemi, in the centre of Helsinki. The entrance to the garden is through the gate on Kaisaniemenranta 2. The distance from the central railway station is approximately 600 meters.

    Show Kaisaniemi Botanic Garden on a bigger map.

    Public transport

    Trams 3, 6, 7 and 9 and many buses travel through Unioninkatu. The Hakaniemi and University of Helsinki metro stations are located 700 m from the Kaisaniemenranta entrance.

    Bicycles

    Both garden entrances have bicycle stands.

    Parking space

    The garden does not have parking space reserved for visitors. You can park on the Kaisaniemenranta street, on the garden’s side. There is also a parking lot near the restaurant Kaisaniemi, in the intersection of Kaisaniemenranta and Kaisaniementie streets.

    For parking buses, we recommend two options:

    1. Kaisaniemenranta (Near the Kaisaniemi Botanic Garden)
    2. Mikonkatu, in front of the Grand Casino (so called Fennia house) (By the Rautatientori)

    Botanic Garden maps

    Outdoor garden

     Click the picture to print out the map.

    The glasshouses

    302
    African Violet Room

    Plants by an African mountain stream.
    303
    Rainforest Room

    Plants from African rainforests.

     

    304
    Palm House

    The evolution of the plant kingdom, tropical economic plants.
    305
    Savanna Room

    Plants from African and American savannas and tropical beaches.
    306
    Dry Forest Room

    Plants from African forests with sparse rainfall or seasonal drought.
    307
    Desert Room

    Plants from tropical and subtropical deserts and semideserts.
    308
    South African Room

    Plants from the Cape Floral Kingdom, southern Africa and Australia.
    309
    Island Room

    Endemic species from tropical and subtropical islands.
    310
    Waterlily Room

    Wetland plants, tropical economic plants.
    311
    Mediterranean Room

    Plants from the Mediterranean region and subtropical Asia.

    NB! The Room 301 is for staff only.


    Shop and customer service

    Cash desk: +3582941 24455 (during opening hours).
    Guided tours and bookingsopastukset@luomus.fi tel. +3582941 28855 (Tue.-Thu. at 1-3 pm, no telephone duty during weeks 25–31).
    Professional filming/photography and facility rentalstilat@luomus.fi tel. +3582941 28855 (Tue.-Thu. at 1-3 pm, no telephone duty during weeks 25–31).

    NB! There is no telephone service (apart from the cash desk) during school holidays: weeks 52-1 (Christmas), week 8 (winter break), weeks 25–31 (summer break), week 42 (autumn break) and midweek holidays. During summer you may leave a message in the answering machine and we will call you back.

    More information on museum facility rentals are found on the page Reservations and photography permissions.

    For more information on guided tours please visit the page Guided Tours. Enquiries by email opastukset@luomus.fi (cancellation three working days prior to the tour at the latest).

    For general enquiries please contact us by email at luonnontieteellinenmuseo@helsinki.fi

    Café and shop

    You can buy cold beverages, ice cream, plant themed literature and small souvenirs from the shop at the glasshouse cash desk. Café Viola in Kaisaniemi garden is open in 2018 as follows:

    • until 20.12.2018, Mon.-Fri. 9 am - 3 pm
    • 21.12.2018 - 6.1.2019 closed
    • 7.1. - 14.4.2019 Mon.-Fri. 9 am - 3 pm
    • 15.4. - 1.6.2019 Mon.-Sat. 9 am - 6 pm
    • 2.6. - 31.8.2019 Mon.-Sat. 9 am - 6 pm, Sun. 12 - 4 pm
    • There might occur exceptions in the opening hours during holidays and due to private events.

    Practical tips

    Cloakroom and safety boxes

    Cloakroom and safety boxes with locks can be found behind the cash desk in the entrance lobby. We’ve also reserved three carts with locks for backbags for groups to use. Toilets are located right next to the coat racks.

    Take off extra layers of clothes before going into the glasshouses! The temperature varies from 15-25°C. The air is also very humid.  Leave your jumper on the coat rack and dive into the warmth of the tropics!

    Kuva: Marika TurtiainenEating and refreshing

    Eating packed lunch is possible in the cash desk lobby and, weather permitting, outside the glasshouses. It is forbidden to eat in the glasshouses. You can have a picnic on the garden lawn. Be careful of the plantings. You must clean up after yourselves. When packing lunch, one is advised to adhere to sustainable values by using few packaging materials!

    You can buy soft drinks, ice cream, plant themed literature and souvenirs from the small shop at the glasshouse cash desk. Café Viola operates in Kaisaniemi botanic garden. The café's opening hours are listed below the headline "Café and shop". For more information on Café Viola, please e-mail: tarjoilu@cafeviola.fi or call tel (+358) 50 305 9500.

    Taking pictures and filming

    You may take pictures for your own use. If you intend to publish any pictures, you must mention the location. Taking pictures for commercial use must be discussed beforehand

    Forbidden

    Touching the plant collections and taking parts of plants home is forbidden. Some of the plants in the collections are poisonous and some cause irritation. It is forbidden to eat in the glasshouses.

    Riding a bicycle, jogging, walking a dog (excluding guide dogs), swimming and being drunk in the garden is not allowed.


    Accessibility

    The outdoor garden and glasshouses are accessible to the disabled but café Viola is accessible only via stairs. Please note that the historical glasshouses have narrow hallways and doorways. They’re accessible to people with normal sized pushchairs and wheelchairs, but not accessible with twin pushchairs for example. The glasshouse building also has a stairless entrance, an accessible toilet and a nursery room.

     

    For the visually impaired customers we’ve built a sensory garden in the outdoor garden, where the plant labels are written also in braille. The sensory garden gives joy to other customers as well with its smells and the freedom to touch.

     

    Person in charge of the page: 
    Laura Sandholm
    17.12.2018