LUOMUS

Finnish Museum of Natural History

Kaisaniemi Botanic Garden


Opening hours

Outdoor garden

The outdoor garden is open daily from 9 am to 8 pm.

    Glasshouses

    UPDATED 17.3.2020: 
    The glasshouses are closed until further notice due to the coronavirus situation in Finland.

    Monday Closed
    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.

    Exceptional opening hours (for glasshouses)

    Day before Christmas (Mon.) 23.12.2019 closed
    Christmas (Tues.–Thurs.) 24–26.12.2019 closed
    Days between Christmas and New Year (Fri.–Sun.) 27–29.12.2019 open, normal opening hours
    Stocktake (Mon.) 30.12.2019 closed
    New Year (Tues.–Wed.) 31.12.2019–1.1.2020 closed
    Week 1 (Thurs.–Sat.) 2–3.1.2020 open, normal opening hours
    Epiphany Eve (Sun.) 5.1.2020 open 10 am – 4 pm
    Epiphany (Mon.) 6.1.2020 closed
    Service week (week 12) 16–20.3.2020 (Mon.–Fri.) closed
    21–22.3.2020 (Sat.–Sun.) open, normal opening hours
    Maundy Thursday 9.4.2020 open 10 am – 5 pm (no extended hours)
    Good Friday 10.4.2020 closed
    Easter Saturday 11.4.2020 open 10 am – 5 pm
    Easter Sunday 12.4.2020 open 10 am – 4 pm
    Easter Monday 13.4.2020 closed
    Thursday before May Day 30.4.2020 open 10 am – 5 pm (no extended hours)
    May Day (Fri.) 1.5.2020 closed
    Ascension day (Thurs.) 21.5.2020 open 10 am – 6 pm
    Pentecost (Sun.) 31.5.2020 open 10 am – 4 pm
    Thursday before Midsummer 18.6.2020 open 10 am – 5 pm (no extended hours)
    Midsummer (Fri.–Sun.) 19–21.6.2020 closed
    All Saints´ Day (Sat.) 31.10.2020 open 10 am – 5 pm
    Independence Day (Sun.) 6.12.2020 closed
    Christmas (Thurs.–Sat.) 24–26.12.2020 closed
    Days between Christmas and New Year 27.12.2019 (Sun.) open 10 am – 4 pm
    28–29.12.2020 (Mon.–Tues.) open 10 am – 5 pm
    Stocktake (Wed.) 30.12.2020 closed
    New Year (Thurs.–Fri.) 31.12.2020–1.1.2021 closed
    Week 53 (Sat.–Sun.) 2–3.1.2021 open, normal opening hours
    Week 1 (Mon.) 4.1.2021 open 10 am – 5 pm
    Epiphany Eve (Tues.) 5.1.2021 open 10 am – 5 pm
    Epiphany (Wed.) 6.1.2021 closed
    Week 1, after Epiphany (Thurs.–Sun.) 7–10.1.2021 cpen, normal opening hours

    Entrance Fees

    Outdoor garden

    Outdoor garden has free entrance all year round.

    Glasshouses

    General ticket prices
    Adults 10 €
    Children 7–17 years 5 €
    Students 5 €
    Pensioners 8 €
    Conscripts, persons undergoing non-military service 8 €
    The unemployed 8 €
    Employees of the University of Helsinki 8 €
    Family ticket (max 2 adults and max 4 children) 26 €
       
    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

    Pre-booking is not necessary for self-directed group visits to the glasshouses in Kaisaniemei Botanic Garden.

    Groups of 15 or more adults (also for groups attending guided tours) 8 €/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.
    4 €/person
    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.
    Students 7 €/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

    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 there is free entrance to the glasshouses on the first Friday in January, March, July, September and November as well as on the second Friday in May (Fri. 3.1., 6.3., 8.5., 3.7., 4.9. and 6.11.2020) for the whole day (10 am to 5 pm).

    Accepted methods of payment are

    • 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 glasshouses. For billing please take with you the necessary billing information (including business ID for registered organizations and businesses). Billing fee is 8 €.

    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.

    Show Kaisaniemi Botanic Garden on a bigger map.

    Public transport

    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.

    Bicycles

    Both garden entrances have bicycle stands.

    Parking space

    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:

    1. Kaisaniemenranta (Near the Kaisaniemi Botanic Garden)
    2. Mikonkatu, in front of the Grand Casino (so called Fennia house) (By the Rautatientori)

    Botanic Garden maps

    Outdoor garden

     Click the picture to print out the map.

    The glasshouses

    302
    African Violet Room

    Plants by an African mountain stream.
    303
    Rainforest Room

    Plants from African rainforests.

     

    304
    Palm House

    The evolution of the plant kingdom, tropical economic plants.
    305
    Savanna Room

    Plants from African and American savannas and tropical beaches.
    306
    Dry Forest Room

    Plants from African forests with sparse rainfall or seasonal drought.
    307
    Desert Room

    Plants from tropical and subtropical deserts and semideserts.
    308
    South African Room

    Plants from the Cape Floral Kingdom, southern Africa and Australia.
    309
    Island Room

    Endemic species from tropical and subtropical islands.
    310
    Waterlily Room

    Wetland plants, tropical economic plants.
    311
    Mediterranean Room

    Plants from the Mediterranean region and subtropical Asia.

    NB! The Room 301 is for staff only.


    Shop and customer service

    Cash desk: +3582941 24455 (during opening hours).
    Guided tours and bookingsopastukset@luomus.fi tel. +3582941 28855 Mon, Tue. and Thu. at 1-3 pm (starting from 13.1.2020).
    Professional filming/photography and facility rentalstilat@luomus.fi tel. +3582941 28855 Mon, Tue. and Thu. at 1-3 pm (starting from 13.1.2020).

    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.

    For more information on guided tours please visit the page Guided Tours. Enquiries by email opastukset@luomus.fi (cancellation three working days prior to the tour at the latest).

    For general enquiries please contact us by email at luonnontieteellinenmuseo@helsinki.fi

    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.


    Practical tips

    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!

    Kuva: Marika TurtiainenEating 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

    Forbidden

    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.


    Accessibility

    The outdoor garden and glasshouses are accessible to the disabled but café Viola is accessible only via stairs. 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.

     

    Person in charge of the page: 
    Laura Sandholm
    1.4.2020