- About Ateneum
When is Ateneum Art Museum open?
The museum’s opening hours are 10–18 on Tuesdays and Fridays, 10–20 on Wednesdays and Thursdays, and 11–17 on weekends. Ateneum is closed on Mondays. If you are planning to visit on a public holiday, please check our website for any possible changes to the opening hours.
Where can I buy tickets?
The ticket counter is situated on the ground floor of the museum to the left when entering through the front doors on Kaivokatu street. The side entrance in the Ateneuminkuja alley is accessible by wheelchair and can also be used by groups and advance ticket holders. Advance tickets can be purchased from Lippupalvelu: www.lippupalvelu.fi
Is it possible to reserve a guided tour for groups?
Yes, tour bookings should be booked at least one week in advance by calling +358 (0)9 6122 5520 (Tue-Fri 9-12). Guided tours are available in the following languages: Finnish, Swedish, English, French, Italian, Spanish and Russian. Introductory lectures are also offered and are available in the following languages: Finnish, Swedish, Russian and English. For further information and prices, go to www.ateneum.fi/tours.
Please note that self-guided group tours are not permitted in the exhibition halls. Tours can be given only by the museum’s authorised guides. The only exception to this rule is school groups led by a teacher.
Can I take pictures inside Ateneum?
Photography is not permitted inside the exhibition halls.
Why are bags and umbrellas not allowed inside the exhibition halls?
To help protect the works of art on display, large objects are not permitted inside the exhibition halls. The maximum permitted size of bags is 30 x 20 x 10 cm. Food and drinks are also prohibited inside the exhibition halls.
A guarded cloakroom, self-service coat racks and lockers can be found on the ground floor of the museum for storing coats, bags and umbrellas.
Why is it not allowed to touch the artworks?
The works of art on display are fragile and irreplaceable, which is why they must never be touched by visitors. Although some damage may not be visible immediately, it can manifest itself over time, which is why it is essential that this restriction is adhered to at all times. This applies not only to paintings, but also to sculptures, which can be easily damaged or become dirty if touched. The restriction also applies to the pedestals beneath the sculptures.
Can I carry my baby on my back inside the exhibition halls?
For the safety of the child and the works of art on display, it is not permitted to carry infants on your back or shoulders inside the exhibition halls.
Can I use my mobile phone inside the museum?
To prevent disturbing other visitors, the use of mobile phones inside the exhibition halls is prohibited.
Why is the lighting in some exhibition halls so dim?
Many works of art are sensitive to light. These include the Japanese woodcuts that are on display on the third floor in the Ukiyo-e Cabinet. Art that is painted on paper must be protected from the light and only displayed for short periods at a time. For this reason, the selection of Japanese woodcuts alternates at regular intervals.
The lighting inside the museum is also an integral part of the exhibition architecture and is used to create the right atmosphere and to highlight contrasts.
Is admission to Ateneum ever free of charge for adults?
Yes, when only the Collection Display is being exhibited, admission is free of charge on the first Wednesday of each month from 17–20. Accordingly, in 2013 admission is free of charge on 6th of March, 3rd of April, 4th of September and 2nd of October. Admission is also free of charge on International Museum Day on 18th of May.
Can I purchase posters or postcards of the artworks in the Ateneum Collection?
Reproductions of many of the artworks in the Ateneum Collection can be purchased in the museum shop on the ground floor, as well as from Ateneum’s online shop at www.ateneum.fi/shop. The Ateneum Shop can be found next to the ticket counter and currently sells a wide selection of products from the Helene Schjerfbeck exhibition, including magnets, notebooks, postcards and posters.
Can I purchase an exhibition catalogue without having to visit the museum shop?
Yes, our publications can be purchased from our online shop at http://shop.fng.fi