Finnish Museum of Natural History

Natural History Museum

Opening hours

Winter (1.1.–31.5. and 1.9.–31.12.)

Monday Closed
Tuesday 9–16
Wednesday 9–16
Thursday 9–18
Friday 9–16 (Free entrance on Friday 13.1., 3.2., 3.3., 7.4. and 5.5. at 13–16)
Saturday 10–17
Sunday 10–16

Summer (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
Sunday 10–17

The sale of tickets ends 30 minutes before closing time.

Exceptional opening hours

New Year's Day 1.1.2017 Closed
Epiphany Eve 5.1.2017 Open 9–16 (no extended hours)
Epiphany 6.1.2017 Open 10–16
Museums service week 16-20.1.2017 Closed
Monday 20.2.2017 Open 9–16
Maundy Thursday 13.4.2017 Open 9–16 (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
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 24.12.–26.12.2017 Closed
New Year 31.12.2017 – 1.1.2018 Closed

Entrance Fees

Accepted methods of payment are cash/bank card, credit cards Visa, Visa Electron and MasterCard. Smartum 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 museum. 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 during the last three opening hours (13–16 during winter and 14–17 during summer) of the first Friday of every month, except in January, when free entry is on the second Friday of the month (13.1.2017 at 13–16).

Entrance fees 2017

Adults 13 €
Children 7–17 years 6 €
Discount groups 8 €
Senior citizens
Conscripts and persons undergoing non-military service  
Staff of Helsinki University  
Helsinki Card (personal)  
Adults 11 €
Children 7-17 years 5 €
Free entrance - 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
War veterans
Press card holders
Museum card or ICOM card holders  
Biology and applied biology students
Kindergarten, primary and secondary school, upper secondary and vocational school teachers from Finnish institutes

Season ticket


A personal  season ticket is valid for 12 months and is accepted at the Natural History Museum and at the Kaisaniemi and Kumpula Botanical Gardens.

50 €

Entrance fees for groups

Pre booking is not necessary for self-directed group visits to the Natural History Museum.

Family ticket 32 €
max 2 adults and 1-4 children
Groups of 10 or more adults 8 €/person
Kindergarten, day care and school groups (of under 18 year olds) 4 €/person
Fee is collected from all group members (also under 7 year olds) apart from the group instructors
Guided groups booked in advance 8 €/person
Regardless of group size, group leader and children under 7 years have free entrance  

How to get there

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 and bus stations.

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Public transport

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.

Bus number 24 (Merikatu-Seurasaari) stops at the Pohjoinen Rautatiekatu, near the museum.

Parking space

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.

Shop and customer service

Museum Customer Service

Cash desk: +3582941 28800 (during opening hours)
Guided tours and tel. +3582941 28855 (Tue.-Thu. at 1-3 pm).
Professional filming/ tel. +3582941 28855 (Tue.-Thu. at 1-3 pm).
Facility +358(09) 867 8860

NB! There is no telephone service (apart from the cash desk) during school holidays: weeks 51-2 (Christmas), week 8 (winter break), weeks 23–33 (summer break), week 43 (autumn break) and midweek holidays.

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

For general enquiries please contact us by email at

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 wintertime (September-May) on Tues, Wed and Fri from 10 am to 4 pm (on Thurs until 6 pm), Sat from 11 to 5 pm and on Sun from 11 to 4 pm. The opening hours on summertime (June-August) are Tues-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 to 2 pm for 7,50 €. Bread, spread and water are included in the price. Contact museum café and shop by phone +358400 286202 (during opening hours).

Practical tips

An African elephant greets visitors in the lobby

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!


Person in charge of the page: 
Laura Sandholm