Finnish Museum of Natural History

Kaisaniemi Botanic Garden

Opening hours

Outdoor garden

Due to the security guard strike the outdoor garden will be closed 24–26.10. on Wed. at 5 pm, Thurs. at 6 pm and on Fri. at 5 pm. We apologize for any inconvenience!

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


    The Glasshouses in Kaisaniemi Botanic Garden are open on All Saints' Day Sat. 3.11.2018 from 10 am. to 4 pm.

    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.

    Free entrance in 2018 to the glasshouses on the first Friday of every month at 2 – 5 pm.

    In 2019 there is free entrance to the glasshouses on the first Friday in January, March, May, July, September and November during the whole day (10 am to 5 pm).

    Exceptional opening hours (for glassgouses)

    Epiphany 6.1.2018 Open 10 am – 4 pm
    Renovation 12.3.–29.3.2018 Closed
    Good Friday 30.3.2018 Closed
    Easter Saturday 31.3.2018 Open 10 am – 4 pm
    Easter Sunday 1.4.2018 Open 10 am – 4 pm
    Easter Monday 2.4.2018 Open 10 am – 4 pm
    Monday 30.4.2018 Closed
    May Day 1.5.2018 Closed
    Ascension day 10.5.2018 Open 10 am – 4 pm (no extended hours)
    Thursday 21.6.2018 Open 10 am – 5 pm (no extended hours)
    Midsummer 22.–24.6.2018 Closed
    All Saints´ Day 3.11.2018 Open 10 am – 4 pm
    Independence Day 6.12.2018 Closed
    Christmas 24.–26.12.2018 Closed
    New Year 31.12.2018–2.1.2019 Closed
    Epiphany Eve 5.1.2019 10 am – 5 pm
    Epiphany 6.1.2019 10 am – 4 pm
    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 (from 2 to 5 pm) of the first Friday of every month in 2017.

    The sale of tickets ends 30 minutes before closing time.

    Basic fees 2018

    Adults 10 €
    Children 7–17 years 5 €
    Discount groups  
    Pensioners 7 €
    Conscripts, persons undergoing non-military service 7 €
    The unemployed 7 €
    Students 5 €
    Employees of the University of Helsinki 7 €
    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  
    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  

    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
    26 €
    Groups of 10 or more adults 7 €/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
    Guided groups booked in advance Regardless of group size, group leader and children under 7 years have free entrance 7 €/person

    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.


    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

    African Violet Room

    Plants by an African mountain stream.
    Rainforest Room

    Plants from African rainforests.


    Palm House

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

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

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

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

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

    Endemic species from tropical and subtropical islands.
    Waterlily Room

    Wetland plants, tropical economic plants.
    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 tel. +3582941 28855 (Tue.-Thu. at 1-3 pm, no telephone duty during weeks 25–31).
    Professional filming/photography and facility tel. +3582941 28855 (Tue.-Thu. at 1-3 pm, no telephone duty during weeks 25–31).

    NB! There is no telephone service (apart from the cash desk) during school holidays: weeks 52-1 (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 (cancellation three working days prior to the tour at the latest).

    For general enquiries please contact us by email at

    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 in Kaisaniemi garden is open in 2018 as follows:

    • 8.1.-16.4. Mon-Fri at 9 am - 3 pm (lunch is served daily at 11 am - 2.30 pm) 
    • 16.4.- 31.5. Mon-Sat at 9 am - 6 pm
    • 1.6.-31.8. Mon-Sat at 9 am - 6 pm, Sun at 11 am - 4 pm
    • There might be exceptions in the opening hours due to holidays and private events.

    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. The café's opening hours are listed below the headline "Café and shop". For more information on Café Viola, please e-mail: or call 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. 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.


    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