Finnish Museum of Natural History

Kaisaniemi Botanic Garden

Opening hours

The glasshouses are closed due to renovation work. The glasshouses reopen on 1.3.2024. The outdoor garden has normal opening hours.

Outdoor garden

The outdoor garden is open daily from 9 am to 8 pm. NB! During stormy weather or when wind gusts exceed 16-18 m/sec, the outdoor garden is partially closed to ensure the safety of customers and staff. The outdoor garden will be reopened when it is safe to do so. The glasshouses and the café are open according to the opening hours. During a storm special caution is needed, thank you.


Monday Closed
Tuesday 10 am – 5 pm
Wednesday 10 am – 5 pm
Thursday 11 am – 6 pm
Friday 11 am – 6 pm 
Saturday 11 am – 6 pm
Sunday 11 am – 6 pm

The ticket sale ends 30 min. before closing time.

Exceptional opening hours for glasshouses

Renovation 30.10.2023–28.2.2024 closed
Maundy Thursday Thur. 28.3.2024 open 11 am – 6 pm
Good Friday Fri. 29.3.2024 open 11 am – 6 pm
Easter Saturday Sat. 30.3.2024 open 11 am – 6 pm
Easter Sunday Sun. 31.3.2024 open 11 am – 6 pm
Easter Monday Mon. 1.4.2024 closed
Saint Walburga's Eve Tue. 30.4.2024 open 10 am – 5 pm
May Day Wed. 1.5.2024 closed
Ascension Day Thur. 9.5.2024 open 11 am – 6 pm
Whit Sunday Sun. 19.5.2024 open 11 am – 6 pm
Midsummer Tue.-Thur. 21.–23.6.2024 closed
All Saints' Day Sat. 2.11.2024 open 11 am – 6 pm
Independence Day Fri. 6.12.2024 closed
Christmas Tue.–Thur. 24–26.12.2024 closed
New Year Tue.–Wed. 31.12.2024–1.1.2025 closed

Entrance Fees 2024

Outdoor garden

Outdoor garden has free entrance all year round.


General ticket prices
Ticket 12 €
Discounted ticket
- Adult groups (min 10 person)
- Senior citizens
- Unemployed
- Conscripts and persons undergoing non-military service
- Employees of the University of Helsinki / Members of the Helsinki Alumni –community
9 €
Student or 7–17 years old 6 €
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
Kindergarten and school groups 
Fee is collected from all group members (age 0–17 years). The group instructors have free entrance.
3 €/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 120 € on weekends. Apart from this, there might be a charge for the entrance:

Educational institutions
The price for a guided tour is 80 € on weekdays and 120 € on weekends. 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.

Other groups
The price for a guided tour is 80 € on weekdays and 120 € on weekends. In addition, entrance fees are charged. The group instructors have free entrance. 

Children´s group 3–17 years
The price for a guided tour is 80 € on weekdays and 120 € on weekends. In addition, entrance fees 3 €/person are charged. The group instructors have free entrance. 

Free entrance days

Free entrance days to the glasshouses in 2024: wednesday 13.3, 8.5, 10.7, 11.9, 13.11. from 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”, SmartumPay, Epassi app and 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 €.

Culture Companion operation 

Kaisaniemi Botanic Garden is part of the Culture Companion operation. The operation is intended for everyone who finds it difficult to visit a cultural attraction, or who would prefer to visit an attraction accompanied by another person. A voluntary culture companion will accompany you at the botanic garden and at the glasshouses, and assist or guide you there, if necessary. The Natural History Museum and Kumpula Botanic Garden are also part of the Culture Companion operation. 

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 download the map of the outdoor garden.

The glasshouses

Click the picture to download the map of 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.

Shop and customer service

Cash desk: +3582941 24455 (during opening hours).
Guided tours and tel. +3582941 28855 Mon. at 1-3 pm.
Professional filming/photography and facility tel. +3582941 28899

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.

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 operates in Kaisaniemi Botanic Garden. Café's opening hours and contact details can be seen 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, 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


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 or electric scooters, 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. 

  • Kaisaniemi Botanic Garden is a disability card destination.
  • The glasshouse building has a stairless entrance, an accessible toilet and a nursery room.
  • Baby strollers and prams are allowed in the glasshouses. However, please note that the glasshouses are not accessible with twin pushchairs because of the narrow aisles and doorways. The glasshouses are accessible to wheelchairs and normal sized prams and strollers.
  • It is difficult to use an electric scooter in the glasshouses due to narrow aisles.
  • Personal assistants have free entry to the glasshouses.
  • Guide dogs and service dogs are welcome at the glasshouses and outdoor garden. 
  • The garden does not have accessible parking spaces. The closest parking places are along Kaisaniemenranta.
  • We have a sensory garden especially designed for visually impaired customers. The sensory garden gives joy to other customers too with its smells and the freedom to touch.

For more information on accessibility, please, call our ticket desk tel. 02941 24455 – we are happy to help!


Person in charge of the page: 
Laura Sandholm