Finnish Museum of Natural History

Kaisaniemi Botanic Garden

Kuva: Luomus/Marika Turtiainen



Opening hours


Wintertime (1.9.–31.5.)
Monday Closed
Tuesday 10–16
Wednesday 10–16
Thursday 10–18
Friday 10–16 (Free entrance on Friday 13.1., 3.2., 3.3., 7.4. and 5.5. at 13–16)
Saturday 10–16
Sunday 10–16
Summertime (1.6.–31.8.)
Monday Closed
Tuesday 10–17
Wednesday 10–17
Thursday 10–18
Friday 10–17 (Free entrance on the first Friday of every month at 14–17)
Saturday 10–17


The sale of tickets ends 30 minutes before closing time.

Outdoor garden

Outdoor garden is open daily from 9 am to 8 pm. Outdoor garden is partly closed 2014-2016 because of maintenance.

Exceptional opening hours

Christmas 24.–26.12.2016 Closed
New Year 31.12.2016–1.1.2017 Closed
Epiphany Eve 5.1.2017 Open 10–16
Epiphany 6.1.2017 Open 10–16
Tuesday 28.2.2017 Closed
Tuesday 7.3.2017 Closed
Tuesday 14.3.2017 Closed
Maundy Thursday 13.4.2017 Open 10–16 (no extended hours)
Good Friday 14.4.2017 Closed
Easter Saturday 15.4.2017 Open 10–16
Easter Sunday 16.4.2017 Open 10–16
Easter Monday 17.4.2017 Open 10–16
Saturday 30.4.2017 Open 10–16
May Day 1.5.2017 Closed
Ascension day 25.5.2017 Open 10–16 (no extended hours)
Thursday 22.6.2017 Open 10–17 (no extended hours)
Midsummer 23.–25.6.2017 Closed
All Saints´ Day 4.11.2017 Open 10–16
Independence Day 6.12.2017 Closed
Christmas 24.–26.12.2017 Closed
New Year 31.12.2017–1.1.2018 Closed
Christmas 24.–26.12.2015 Closed
New Year 31.12.2015–1.1.2016 Closed
Monday 4.1.2016 Open 10–16
Epiphany Eve 5.1.2016 Open 10–16
Epiphany 6.1.2016 Open 10–16
Maundy Thursday 24.3.2016 Open 10–16 (no extended hours)
Good Friday 25.3.2016 Closed
Easter Saturday 26.3.2016 Open 10–16
Easter Sunday 27.3.2016 Open 10–16
Easter Monday 28.3.2016 Open 10–16
Saturday 30.4.2016 Open 10–16
May Day 1.5.2016 Closed
Ascension day 5.5.2016 Open 10–16 (no extended hours)
Thursday 23.6.2016 Open 10–16
Midsummer 24.–26.6.2016 Closed
All Saints´ Day 5.11.2016 Open 10–16
Independence Day 6.12.2016 Closed
Christmas 24.–26.12.2016 Closed
New Year 31.12.2016–1.1.2017 Closed

Entrance Fees

Outdoor garden

Outdoor garden has free entrance all year round.


Accepted methods of payment are cash/bank card, credit cards Visa, Visa Electron and MasterCard. Smartum's 5-euro-Liikunta- ja Kulttuuriseteli ”culture voucher” and Smartum Visa are also accepted as well as the Museum Card. Groups may also pay their entrance fees by invoice. The invoice is filled in when arriving to the glasshouses. For billing please take with you the necessary billing information (including business ID or the birth date of the invoice receiver). Billing fee 8 €.

Free entry on the last three opening hours (13–16 during winter and 14–17 during summer) of the first Friday of every month in 2016. N.B.: In January free entry is exceptionally on the second Friday 13.1.2017 at 13–16.

Basic fees 2017

Adults 9 €
Children 7–17 years 4,5 €
Discount groups 6 €
Conscripts, persons undergoing non-military service  
The unemployed  
Employees of the University of Helsinki  
Helsinki Card (personal)  
Adults 7 €
Children 7-17 years 3,5 €
Free entrance - free, report at the ticket office  
Children under 7 years (except in groups)
Group leaders
Assistants for the disabled  
Finnish veterans  
ICOM card holders  
Biology students of Helsinki University  
Kindergarten, primary and secondary school, upper secondary and vocational school teachers from Finnish institutes  
Members of Kasvitieteellisen puutarhan ystävät ry  

Season card

Personal season ticket, Luomus (valid for 12 months) 50 €
Personal season ticket, Kumpula Garden
(valid for May-September 2016)
20 €

Group fees

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

Family ticket (for children and adults)
Max 2 adults and 4 children
20 €
Groups of 10 or more adults 6 €/person
Kindergarten and school groups (of under 18 year olds)
Fee is collected from all group members (also under 7 year olds) exept from the group instructors
4 €/person
Guided groups booked in advance Regardless of group size, group leader and children under 7 years have free entrance 6 €/person

How to get there

The Kaisaniemi Botanic Garden is located in Kaisaniemi, in the centre of Helsinki. The garden has two entrances: one on Unioninkatu 44 and the other on Kaisaniemenranta 2. The distance from the central railway station is approximately 600 meters.

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Public transport

Trams 1, 1A, 3B, 3T, 6, 7A, 7B, 9 and many buses travel through Unioninkatu. The Hakaniemi and University of Helsinki metro stations are located a few minutes’ walk from the Unioninkatu entrance.


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)

Shop and customer service

You can buy cold beverages, sweets, ice cream, plant themed literature and small souvenirs from the shop at the cash desk.The Café Viola in the Kaisaniemi garden is open from Monday-Friday 9 am - 4 pm.

Cash desk inquiries: 02941 24455 (during opening hours)

Information about guided tours and how to book them here.

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 on the glasshouse benches. You can also 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, sweets, ice cream, plant themed literature and souvenirs from the small shop at the cash desk. Café Viola in Kaisaniemi Botanic Garden is open from September to May, Mondays to Fridays, 9 am - 4 pm. (closed 23.12.2016-8.1.2017). For more information please e-mail: or call us, tel (+358) 50 305 9500.

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.

Riding a bicycle, 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. 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