Kaisaniemi Botanic Garden
N.B.! Pardia, JHL and JUKO have issued a strike notice concerning University of Helsinki. According to the notice, the strike would begin on 28.2. at 0.00 and end at 24.00., unless a conclusion is reached in the negotiations. In case of the strike, the glasshouses will be close on Wednesday 28.2.2018. We are sorry for the inconvenience.
N.B.! The glasshouses are closed 12.–26.3. due to a renovation. However, the outdoor garden is open daily from 9 am to 8 pm.
|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 on the first Friday of the month at 2 – 5 pm except in January 2018, when the free entrance is on January 12th at 2 – 5 pm.
Outdoor garden is open daily from 9 am to 8 pm.
Exceptional opening hours
|Epiphany||6.1.2018||Open 10 am – 4 pm|
|Maundy Thursday||29.3.2018||Open 10 am – 5 pm (no extended hours)|
|Easter Saturday||31.3.2018||Open 10 am – 4 pm|
|Easter Sunday||1.4.2018||Open 10 am – 4 pm|
|Easter Monday||2.4.2018||Open 10 am – 4 pm|
|Ascension day||10.5.2018||Open 10 am – 4 pm (no extended hours)|
|Thursday||21.6.2018||Open 10 am – 5 pm (no extended hours)|
|All Saints´ Day||3.11.2018||Open 10 am – 4 pm|
|Epiphany Eve||5.1.2019||10 am – 5 pm|
|Epiphany||6.1.2019||10 am – 4 pm|
|Epiphany Eve||5.1.2016||Open 10–16|
|Maundy Thursday||24.3.2016||Open 10–16 (no extended hours)|
|Easter Saturday||26.3.2016||Open 10–16|
|Easter Sunday||27.3.2016||Open 10–16|
|Easter Monday||28.3.2016||Open 10–16|
|Ascension day||5.5.2016||Open 10–16 (no extended hours)|
|All Saints´ Day||5.11.2016||Open 10–16|
Outdoor garden has free entrance all year round.
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 €.
Free entry on the last three opening hours (from 2 to 5 pm) of the first Friday of every month in 2017.
The sale of tickets ends 30 minutes before closing time.
Basic fees 2017
|Children 7–17 years||5 €|
|Conscripts, persons undergoing non-military service||7 €|
|The unemployed||7 €|
|Employees of the University of Helsinki||7 €|
|Free entrance - free, report at the ticket office|
|Children under 7 years (except in groups)|
|Assistants for the disabled|
|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|
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
|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.
|Guided groups booked in advance Regardless of group size, group leader and children under 7 years have free entrance||7 €/person|
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.
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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.
Both garden entrances have bicycle stands.
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:
- Kaisaniemenranta (Near the Kaisaniemi Botanic Garden)
- Mikonkatu, in front of the Grand Casino (so called Fennia house) (By the Rautatientori)
Botanic Garden maps
African Violet Room
Plants by an African mountain stream.
Plants from African rainforests.
The evolution of the plant kingdom, tropical economic plants.
Plants from African and American savannas and tropical beaches.
Dry Forest Room
Plants from African forests with sparse rainfall or seasonal drought.
Plants from tropical and subtropical deserts and semideserts.
South African Room
Plants from the Cape Floral Kingdom, southern Africa and Australia.
Endemic species from tropical and subtropical islands.
Wetland plants, tropical economic plants.
Plants from the Mediterranean region and subtropical Asia.
NB! The Room 301 is for staff only.
Cash desk: +3582941 24455 (during opening hours).
Guided tours and bookings: email@example.com tel. +3582941 28855 (Tue.-Thu. at 1-3 pm, no telephone duty during weeks 26–31).
Professional filming/photography and facility rentals: firstname.lastname@example.org tel. +3582941 28855 (Tue.-Thu. at 1-3 pm, no telephone duty during weeks 26–31).
NB! There is no telephone service (apart from the cash desk) during school holidays: weeks 52-1 (Christmas), week 8 (winter break), weeks 26–31 (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 general enquiries please contact us by email at email@example.com
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:
- 8.1.-16.4. Mon-Fri at 9 am - 3 pm (lunch is served daily at 11 am - 2.30 pm)
- 16.4.- 31.5. Mon-Sat at 9 am - 6 pm
- 1.6.-31.8. Mon-Sat at 9 am - 6 pm, Sun at 11 am - 4 pm
- There might be exceptions in the opening hours due to holidays and private events.
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!
Eating 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 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: firstname.lastname@example.org 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.
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.
The outdoor garden and glasshouses are accessible to the disabled. 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.