Natural History Museum
UPDATED 1.6.2020: The Natural History Museum re-opens on Tue. 9.6.2020.
Winter (1.1.–31.5. and 1.9.–31.12.)
|Tuesday||9 am – 4 pm|
|Wednesday||9 am – 4 pm|
|Thursday||9 am – 6 pm|
|Friday||9 am – 4 pm|
|Saturday||10 am – 5 pm|
|Sunday||10 am – 4 pm|
|Tuesday||10 am – 5 pm|
|Wednesday||10 am – 5 pm|
|Thursday||10 am – 5 pm|
|Friday||10 am – 5 pm|
|Saturday||10 am – 5 pm|
|Sunday||10 am – 5 pm|
The ticket sale ends 30 minutes before closing time.
|Days between Christmas and New Year (Fri.–Sun.)||27–29.12.2019||Open, usual opening hours|
|New Year (Mon.–Wed.)||30.12.2019–1.1.2020||Closed|
|Week 1, (Tuhrs.– Sat.)||2–4.1.2020||Open, usual opening hours|
|Epiphany Eve (Sun.)||5.1.2020||Open 10 am – 4 pm|
|Service week (week 3)||13–17.1.2020 (Mon.–Fri)||Closed|
|18–19.1.2020 (Sat.–Sun.)||Open, normal opening hours|
|Maundy Thursday||9.4.2020||Open 9am – 4 pm (no extended hours)|
|Easter Saturday||11.4.2020||Open 10 am – 5 pm|
|Easter Sunday||12.4.2020||Open 10 am – 4 pm|
|Thursday before May Day||30.4.2020||Open 9 am – 4 pm (no extended hours)|
|May Day (Fri.)||1.5.2019||Closed|
|Ascension day (Thurs.)||21.5.2020||Open 9 am – 6 pm|
|Pentecost (Sun.)||31.5.2020||Open 10 am – 4 pm|
|Thursday before Midsummer||18.6.2020||Open, normal opening hours|
|All Saints´ Day (Sat.)||31.10.2020||Open 10 am – 5 pm|
|Independence Day (Sun.)||6.12.2020||Closed|
|Days between Christmas and New Year||27.12.2020 (Sun.)||Open 10 am – 4 pm|
|28–30.12.2020 (Mon.–Wed.)||Open 9 am – 4 pm|
|New Year (Thurs.–Fri.)||31.12.2020–1.1.2021||Closed|
|Week 53, (Sat.–Sun.)||2–3.1.2021||Open, usual opening hours|
|Week 1, (Mon.)||4.1.2021||Closed|
|Epiphany Eve (Tues.)||5.1.2021||Open 9 am to 4 pm|
|Epiphany (Wed.)||6.1.2021||Open 9 am to 4 pm|
|Week 1 after Epiphany (Thurs.–Sun.)||7–10.1.2021||Open, usual opening hours|
General ticket prices
|Children 7–17 years||7 €|
|Senior citizens||12 €|
|Conscripts and persons undergoing non-military service||12 €|
|Staff of Helsinki University||12 €|
|Family ticket (max 2 adults and max 4 children)||38 €|
|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|
Entrance fees for groups
Pre-booking is not necessary for self-directed group visits to the Natural History Museum.
|Groups of 15 or more adults||10 €/pers.|
|Kindergarten, day care and school groups of age 0-17 years. The group instructors have free entrance.||4 €/pers.|
Fees for guided tour groups
For more information on guided tours, please visit the page Guided Tours. The price for a guided tour is 80 € on weekdays and 100 € 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 (child groups or as part of a group consisting of both children and adults)||4 €/pers.|
Free entrance days
UPDATED 16.3.2020: An exceptional situation has been declared at the University of Helsinki due to coronavirus. The free entrance days are canceled until further notice. Further information about the coronavirus situation at the University of Helsinki.
In 2020 free entry to the Natural History Museum during the first Friday in February, April, June, August, October and December: Fri. 7.2., 3.4., 5.6., 7.8., 2.10. and 4.12. Free entrance for all during the whole day (wintertime 9 am – 4 pm and summertime 10 am – 5 pm).
Accepted methods of payment
- Cash, bank/credit cards (Visa, Visa Electron and MasterCard)
- Smartum 5-euro-Liikunta- ja Kulttuuriseteli ”culture voucher”, Smartum Visa, SmartumPay
- 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 museum. For billing please take with you the necessary billing information (including business ID for registered organizations and businesses). Billing fee is 8 €.
The Natural History Museum is located on Pohjoinen Rautatiekatu 13 in the centre of Helsinki, behind the Parliament House. The building can be recognized from the Moose-statue next to the main entrance. It's only a few minutes’ walk to the museum from the Central Railway Station and bus stops.
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The Natural History Museum is located near the bus and metro stations in Kamppi. It’s only a walk from the Central Railway Station and the Eliel Square. The tram routes 1 and 2 stop outside the museum.
Bus number 24 (Merikatu-Seurasaari) stops at the Pohjoinen Rautatiekatu, near the museum.
The Museum does not have parking space reserved for visitors. The P-Presidentti car park is situated near the museum. The streets close-by also have paid parking space.
Museum Customer Service
Cash desk: +3582941 28800 (during opening hours)
Guided tours and bookings: firstname.lastname@example.org tel. +3582941 28855 on Mon., Tue. and Thu. at 1-3 pm (starting from 13.1.2020).
Professional filming/photography: email@example.com tel. +3582941 28855 on Mon., Tue. and Thu. at 1-3 pm (starting from 13.1.2020).
Facility rentals: firstname.lastname@example.org +358(09) 867 8860
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. 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. Facility rentals, museum café and shop are maintained by Ruokalähettiläs Oy. Contact by email email@example.com or phone +358(09) 867 8860. Please, let us know which facilities you are interested in, the date and time of the rental, whether you want food and drink service and for how many persons.
For general enquiries please contact us by email at firstname.lastname@example.org
Café and museum shop
The Natural History Museum has a café and a museum shop. They’re located on the first floor and maintained by Ruokalähettiläs Oy.
The museum café and shop are open summertime (June-August) onTues-Sun from 10:30 to 5 pm (on Thurs until 6 pm).
The café serves soup (also a vegan option) for lunch Tues-Fri from 11 am to 2 pm for 9,20 €. Salad, bread, spread and water are included in the price. Contact museum café and shop by phone +358400 286202 (during opening hours).
Download the map of the museum: Map of the Natural history Museum (.pdf)
Audio guided tours in English, French and Russian
You can listen to an audio guided tour on your own mobile device by connecting to the museum's free wifi and visiting www.luomus.fi/en/audio-guided-tours. We recommend that you bring your own headphones. The audio guided tours available are in English, French and Russian.
Cloakroom and safety boxes
Coat racks and safety boxes with locks can be found in the lobby. If you leave possessions, you do so at your own risk.
Eating and refreshing
You can eat packed lunch on the stairhead of the 4th floor. Eating in the exhibitions is forbidden.
Taking pictures and filming
You may take pictures in the museum 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.
Pets are not allowed in the museum. Guide dogs are welcome.
The museum has accessible facilities. You can find an elevator and an accessible toilet / a nursery room from the museum lobby. If arriving by wheelchair or walker or with a large pram or stroller please contact the cash desk (tel. 02941 28800). Accessible entrance for physically handicapped or for people with prams or strollers is available through the courtyard. You may inquire more about accessibility or anything else related to your museum visit from the cash desk – we are happy to help!