Finnish Museum of Natural History

Natural History Museum

Opening hours

N.B.! On Wednesday November 30th the Natural History Museum will be closed at 3 PM (15:00) due to a private event.

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 the first Friday of every month at 13–16)
Saturday 10–16
Sunday 10–16

Summer (1.6.–31.8.)

Monday Closed
Tuesday 10–17
Wednesday 10–17
Thursday 10–17
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

Christmas 24.12.–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
Monday 22.2.2016 Open 9–16
Maundy Thursday 24.3.2016 Open 9–16 (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 (no extended hours)
Midsummer 24.–26.6.2016 Closed
All Saints´ Day 5.11.2016 Open 10–16
Independence Day 6.12.2016 Closed
Christmas 24.12.–26.12.2016 Closed
New Year's Eve 31.12.2016 Open 15-18, free entrance
New Year's Day 1.1.2017 Closed

Entrance Fees

Accepted methods of payment are cash/bank card, credit cards Visa, Visa Electron and MasterCard. Smartum Liikunta- ja Kulttuuriseteli ”culture voucher” is also accepted. 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 €.

From October 12th 2016 you can visit the Natural History Museum with the Museum card. The card can also be bought or renewed at the museum cash desk.

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.

Entrance fees 2016

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) or Viking Club card (max. 1 adult and 2 children) holders  
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.

Show The Natural History Museum on a bigger map

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

Café and museum shop

The Natural History Museum has a café and a museum shop. They’re open wintertime from 10 am to 4 pm (on Thursdays until 6 pm) and summertime from 10:30 am to 5 pm (on Thursdays until 6 pm). They’re located on the first floor and they’re maintained by Ruokalähettiläs Oy.

Ticket sale

Cash desk: Tel. 02941 28800

Information about guided tours and how to book them is here.

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