Kaisaniemi Botanic Garden
Opening hours 2023
Please visit the glasshouses when you are healthy.
The outdoor garden is open daily from 9 am to 8 pm.
|Tuesday||11 am – 6 pm|
|Wednesday||11 am – 6 pm|
|Thursday||11 am – 6 pm|
|Friday||11 am – 6 pm|
|Saturday||11 am – 6 pm|
|Sunday||11 am – 6 pm|
The ticket sale ends 30 min. before closing time.
Exceptional opening hours for glasshouses
|Epiphany||Fri. 6.1.2023||open 11 am – 6 pm|
|Maintenance week||Mon.-Fri. 20–24.3.2023||closed|
|Maundy Thursday||Thur. 6.4.2023||open 11 am – 6 pm|
|Good Friday||Fri. 7.4.2023||closed|
|Easter Saturday||Sat. 8.4.2023||open 11 am – 6 pm|
|Easter Sunday||Sun. 9.4.2023||open 11 am – 6 pm|
|Easter Monday||Mon. 10.4.2023||closed|
|Saint Walburga's Eve||Sun. 30.4.2023||open 11 am – 6 pm|
|May Day||Mon. 1.5.2023||closed|
|Ascension Day||Thur. 18.5.2023||open 11 am – 6 pm|
|Whit Sunday||Sun. 28.5.2023||open 11 am – 6 pm|
|All Saints' Day||Sat. 4.11.2023||open 11 am – 6 pm|
|Independence Day||Wed. 6.12.2023||closed|
|New Year||Sun.-Mon. 31.12.2023–1.1.2024||closed|
Entrance Fees 2023
Outdoor garden has free entrance all year round.
General ticket prices
|Children 7–17 years||6 €|
|Conscripts, persons undergoing non-military service||10 €|
|The unemployed||10 €|
|Employees of the University of Helsinki / Members of the Helsinki Alumni –community||10 €|
|Family ticket (max 2 adults and max 4 children)||31 €|
|Free entrance - register at the cash desk|
|Children under 7 years (apart from kindergarten and other groups of children)|
|Group leaders and bus driver|
|Assistants of disabled persons|
|Finnish war veterans|
|Press card holders|
|Museum card or 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
|Groups of 10 persons or more||10 €/adult, 4 €/7-17-year-old|
|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.
Fees for guided tour groups
For more information on guided tours, please visit the page Guided Tours. The price for a guided tour is 90 € on weekdays and 120 € on weekends. Apart from this, there might be a charge for the entrance:
The entrance fees are included in the price of the guided tours for groups from educational institutions, i.e. day care, pre-school, comprehensive school, upper secondary school and vocational school.
|Adult groups||10 €/pers.|
|Children (not including educational institutions):|
|0–2 years (together with guardian)||free of charge|
|3–17 years (childgroups or as part of a group consisting of both children and adults)||4 €/pers.|
Free entrance days
Free entrance days to the glasshouses in 2023: Friday 13.1., 3.3., 5.5., 7.7., 1.9. and 3.11. from 11 am to 6 pm.
Accepted methods of payment are
Cash, bank/credit cards (Visa, Visa Electron and MasterCard) Smartum 5-euro-Liikunta- ja Kulttuuriseteli ”culture voucher”, SmartumPay, Epassi app and Museum Card. Groups may also pay their entrance fees by invoice. N.B.! Invoices can only be sent to Finnish postal addresses. The invoice is filled in when arriving to the glasshouses. For billing please take with you the necessary billing information (including business ID for registered organizations and businesses). Billing fee is 8 €.
Culture Companion operation
Kaisaniemi Botanic Garden is part of the Culture Companion operation. The operation is intended for everyone who finds it difficult to visit a cultural attraction, or who would prefer to visit an attraction accompanied by another person. A voluntary culture companion will accompany you at the botanic garden and at the glasshouses, and assist or guide you there, if necessary. The Natural History Museum and Kumpula Botanic Garden are also part of the Culture Companion operation.
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.
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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
Click the picture to download the map of the outdoor garden.
Click the picture to download the map of the glasshouses.
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.
Shop and customer service
Cash desk: +3582941 24455 (during opening hours).
Guided tours and bookings: firstname.lastname@example.org tel. +3582941 28855 Mon. at 1-3 pm.
Professional filming/photography and facility rentals: email@example.com tel. +3582941 28899
NB! There is no telephone service (apart from the cash desk) during school holidays: weeks 52-2 (Christmas), week 8 (winter break), weeks 25–31 (summer break), week 42 (autumn break) and midweek holidays.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org (cancellation three working days prior to the tour at the latest).
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 operates in Kaisaniemi Botanic Garden. Café's opening hours and contact details can be seen here.
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 glasshouse cash desk. Café Viola operates in Kaisaniemi botanic garden.
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 or electric scooters, 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 but café Viola is accessible only via stairs.
- Kaisaniemi Botanic Garden is a disability card destination.
- The glasshouse building has a stairless entrance, an accessible toilet and a nursery room.
- Baby strollers and prams are allowed in the glasshouses. However, please note that the glasshouses are not accessible with twin pushchairs because of the narrow aisles and doorways. The glasshouses are accessible to wheelchairs and normal sized prams and strollers.
- It is difficult to use an electric scooter in the glasshouses due to narrow aisles.
- Personal assistants have free entry to the glasshouses.
- Guide dogs and service dogs are welcome at the glasshouses and outdoor garden.
- The garden does not have accessible parking spaces. The closest parking places are along Kaisaniemenranta.
- We have a sensory garden especially designed for visually impaired customers. The sensory garden gives joy to other customers too with its smells and the freedom to touch.
For more information on accessibility, please, call our ticket desk tel. 02941 24455 – we are happy to help!