LUOMUS

Finnish Museum of Natural History

Guided tours at the Finnish Museum of Natural History

UPDATED 13.5.2020: Due to the current coronavirus situation, bookings for guided tours are currently not accepted. Further information about the coronavirus situation at the University of Helsinki.


For English tour reservation please call +358 (0)2941 28855 (Mon., Tue. and Thu. at 1–3 pm) or contact us by e-mail opastukset@luomus.fi. Reservations can also be made through the links "Book a guided tour" further down on the page. Please note that the phone has no on call duty during week 8 (winter holidays), 25-31 (summer holidays), 42 (autumn holidays) and 52-2 (Christmas holidays) but you can leave us a message. During summer you may leave a message in the answering machine and we will call you back.

 

Kaisaniemi Botanic Garden

Unfortunately, we can not offer tours in English to the greenhouses in Kaisaniemi Botanic Garden in summer 2020.

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

Tours must be booked beforehand. For groups wishing to make a self-directed visit to the greenhouses in Kaisaniemi, there are school and kindergarten group tickets available for 4 € / pupil. The entrance fee for students over 18 years is 5 €/pers. and for adult groups 8 € / pers. The adult group must include 15 persons or more for the group price to apply. No pre-booking is necessary for self-directed visits to the greenhouses. The outdoor garden in Kaisaniemi has free entrance daily between 9 am and 8 pm.

Guided tour in the greenhouses of Kaisaniemi Botanic Garden

Unfortunately, we can not offer tours in English to the greenhouses in Kaisaniemi Botanic Garden in summer 2020.

Target group: all age groups.

The guided tour in the greenhouses of Kaisaniemi Botanic Garden takes you from tropical rain forests to dry deserts. The tour includes stories and information about many useful plants such as cocoa and banana. The carnivorous plants are good examples of how plants adapt to different environments.

  • Tour length: 55 min.
  • Price: 80€ (Sat and Sun 100€) + entrance fee for guided groups 8€/adult, 4€/3-17-year-old, 5 €/student
  • Schools and day-care centres 80€ (Sat and Sun 100€) including entrance fees
  • Group size: recommended max 25 persons

Kumpula Botanic Garden

Unfortunately, we can not offer tours in English to Kumpula Botanic Garden in summer 2020.

The Kumpula Botanic Garden is located near Kumpula campus (University of Helsinki), about 5 km from Helsinki city centre. The entrance to the garden is on Jyrängöntie 2.

The outdoor garden in Kumpula is open Tues-Sun from May to September between 11 am and 6 pm (exit via revolving gates until 8 pm). A visit to the outdoor garden in Kumpula is subject to a charge: groups of 15 or more adults for 5 €/pers, students and 7-17-year-olds 4 €/pers. If visiting with a school or kindergarten group the entrance fee is 3 €/child (teachers free of charge).

Guided tour in Kumpula Botanic Garden

Not available at the moment.
Target group: school groups and adults.

The guided tour will take you around the world. The geobotanical garden includes plants from Europe and the Far East as well as from the distant Rocky Mountains in the North America. In the garden of cultivated plants flourish both economic and ornamental species. The ornamental plants grow in the manor park and in the yard area near the buildings. The guided tour will give you a good overview of the 6-ha-garden area and its sections. A distance of 1 km will be covered. The tour is held outdoors, so please dress appropriately for the weather.

Tour length: 55 min. Price: 80€ + entrance fee 5€/adults, 4€/student, 3€/3-17-year-olds (on weekends and outside opening hours 100€ + entrance fee); schools and day-care centres 80€ (incl. entrance fees), Sat and Sun 100€. Group size: recommended max 30 persons.

Natural History Museum

The Natural History Museum is located on Pohjoinen Rautatiekatu 13 in the centre of Helsinki, only a few minutes’ walk from the central railway and bus stations.The building can be recognized from the Moose-statue next to the main entrance.

Guided tours in English to the Natural History Museum are available 20.1.-30.4.2020. Unfortunately, we can not offer tours in English in May 2020. If you wish to enquire about tours for later dates beforehand please contact us by phone or e-mail.

For groups wishing to make a self-directed visit to the Natural History Museum, there are school and kindergarten group tickets available all year around for 4€/pupil. However, normal student prices 7 €/student apply for students over the age of 18. For adult groups (15 or more visitors) a group price of 10 €/pers. applies. No pre booking is necessary for self-directed visits to the Natural History Museum.

The following tours to the Natural History Museum are now available 20.1.-30.4.2020. 

 

Explore Finland in 1 hour

Target group: all age groups

The Finnish Nature -exhibition offers us a fascinating journey through Finland from southern coast to northern fells. In this guided tour you'll be able to explore the Finnish nature in four seasons and see how the plant and animal life has adapted to our northern conditions.

Explore Finland in 1 hour is carried out with a humoristic touch. Since there is a strong connection between Finnish nature and culture, we will also take up some interesting details of Finnish culture & mentality. The tour is especially suitable for foreigners and people who are getting to know Finland.

  • The tour is available by request (opastukset@luomus.fi).
  • Tour length: 55 min.
  • Price: 80€ (Sat 100€) + entrance fee for guided groups
  • Schools and day-care centres 80€ (Sat 100€) incl. entrance fees
  • Group size: recommended max 25 persons

 

A Year in Finnish Nature

Target group: school groups (Secondary and Upper Secondary Schools) and adults.

Spring is a time of reproduction and summer a season of rapid growth. In autumn, animals store reserve nutrition and nature prepares to survive through winter. The tour takes you across Finland through the four seasons, from the southern groves to the northern fells. You will also make acquaintance with numeral animal and plant species and hear about their unique survival strategies. The tour is situated in the Finnish Nature exhibition.

  • Tour length: 55 min.
  • Price: 80€ (Sat 100€) + entrance fees for guided groups
  • Schools and day-care centres 80€ (Sat 100€) including entrance fees
  • Group size: recommended max 25 persons, max two groups can be guided at a time

 

Giraffes in the Gymnasium

Target group: all age groups (available in English and Chinese).

Giraffes in the Gymnasium is a general guided tour of our museum. The tour takes you around the museum's most interesting places and its historical phases. It gives an overview of the museum's exhibitions.

  • Tour length: 55 min.
  • Price: 80€ (Sat 100€) + entrance fees for guided groups
  • Schools and day-care centres 80€ (Sat 100€) including entrance fees
  • Group size: recommended max 25 persons, max two groups can be guided at a time
 
Wildlife of the World

Target group: all age groups.

This guided tour takes you on a journey through five climate zones, from arctic Greenland to tropical Borneo and African savanna. The tour presents plants and animals from different environments, with the emphasis on how animals have adapted to these environments. The tour takes place in the exhibition Wildlife of the World.

  • Tour length: 55 min.
  • Price: 80€ (Sat 100€) + entrance fees for guided groups
  • Schools and day-care centres 80€ (Sat 100€) including entrance fees
  • Group size: recommended max 25 persons, one group can be guided at a time
 
Change in the Air

Target group: school groups (Secondary and Upper Secondary Schools) and adults.

The tour, Change in the Air, takes you from the past to the future. It tells you about the effects of climate change on our northern environment and how we can adjust to the changing climate. The stars of the tour are the losers from the last Ice Age – the woolly mammoths, cave lion and Irish elk – and the winners are also represented – several animal and plant species that still exist in Finland today. The tour presents how climate change research is conducted and what it has revealed.  

  • Tour length: 55 min.
  • Price: 80€ (Sat 100€) + entrance fees for guided groups
  • School groups 80€ (Sat 100€) including entrance fees
  • Group size: recommended max 25 persons, one group can be guided at a time.
 
Long Live Life!

Target group: school groups (Secondary and Upper Secondary Schools) and adults.

This guided tour takes you on a journey through time. You will explore evolution in the light of the most recent scientific knowledge. During the tour we are going to unravel how different theories evolved and how our perceptions about peculiar species and mass extinctions constantly change as new evidence arises. The tour takes place at the History of Life exhibition.

  • Tour length: 55 min.
  • Price: 80€ (Sat 100€) + entrance fees for guided groups
  • School groups 80€ (Sat 100€) including entrance fees
  • Group size: recommended max 25 persons, one group can be guided at a time.
 
The World of Dinosaurs

Target group: 3-6-year-olds.

On this tour, young explorers get to know both large and small dinosaurs, and plan a menu for some of them. But what other creatures lived at the time of the dinosaurs? The children explore the world of the dinosaurs by playing and moving. At the end of the tour everyone has a chance to draw the most interesting creature as a memory. The tour takes place at the History of Life exhibition.

  • Tour length: 55 min.
  • Price: 80€ (Sat 100€) + entrance fees for guided groups
  • Schools and day-care centers 80€ (Sat 100€) including entrance fees
  • Group size: recommended max 25 persons, one group can be guided at a time.
 
Researcher for an Hour

Target group: preschool (6-year-olds) and 1st and 2nd graders.

The tour is an interactive tour intended for preschoolers and first and second graders. On the tour, research and observation assignments shed light on the work of scientists and encourage children to observe nature and their environment independently. There may be no single right answer! The children get to classify invertebrates into groups and identify bird feathers among other things. The tour takes place in different exhibitions.

  • Tour length: 55 min.
  • Price: 80€ (Sat 100€) + entrance fees
  • School- and preschool groups: 80€ (Sat 100€) including entrance fees
  • Group size: recommended max 25 persons, one group can be guided at a time.
 
The Four Seasons

Target group: day-care and preschool groups, 4-6-year-olds.

Do you remember what summer smells like? In summer, beavers swim in the lake and you will most certainly hear the high-pitched drone of mosquitoes. It is easy for animals to find food in summer, but it gets more difficult in autumn. Soon you can hear the snow crunching under your shoes and it is time for the mountain hare to change into winter coat. The brown bear returns to its winter den and everybody is waiting for the arrival of spring.

The tour shows you Finnish nature in different seasons. The last part of the tour consists of a workshop where children can print animal tracks. 

  • Tour length: 55 min.
  • Price: 80€ + entrance fees
  • Day-care and preschool groups: 80€ including entrance fees
  • Group size: recommended max 25 persons, one group can be guided at a time.

 

 

Audio tour in English, French or Russian

Photo: Hanna Hyvönen

Download the free audio tours as separate mp3-files or all audio tour stops as one zip-file to your own mobile device. All tours are available in English, French and Russian. The audio files are 2–4 MB each.

When you have the tours on your mobile device you may listen to the guided tours as you come across audio stops in the exhibitions. You can listen to all or just some of the tour stops. You recognize the tour stops from the green headphone-symbol and each stop has a separate stop number corresponding to the audio file names. A map of all tour stops can also be downloaded below (separate map for each language).

The audio tour will take you through The Story of BonesWildlife of the WorldThe History of Life, and The Finnish Nature exhibits. Enjoy!


In English

Entrance hall Story of bones History of Life The Finnish Nature Wildlife of the World

Аудио тур на русском / In Russian

Во время экскурсии вы посетите выставки «Кости рассказывают», «Природa Мира», «История Жизни», и «Финская природа». Вы можете прослушать все три аудио экскурсии или выбрать те, которые наиболее вас интересуют. Места аудио записей отмечены на карте, которую вы можете получить в фойе.

Вестибюль Кости рассказывают История Жизни Финская природа   Природa Мира

En français / In French

Le guide audio vous accompagnera à travers les expositions “Une histoire d’os”, “Natures du monde”, “Histoire de la vie” et “Nature finlandaise”. Vous pouvez écouter les commentaires des quatre expositions ou choisir celles qui vous intéressent plus particulièrement. Les sites commentés sont marqués sur le plan disponible au guichet.

Entrance hall Une histoire d’os Histoire de la vie Nature finlandaise Natures du monde

 

Person in charge of the page: 
Laura Sandholm
9.6.2020