Kaisaniemi Botanic Garden
The outdoor garden is open daily from 9 am to 8 pm.
UPDATED 14.5.2020: The glasshouses re-open on Thursday, 4 June in accordance with Finnish government guidelines.
|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.
|Day before Christmas (Mon.)||23.12.2019||closed|
|Days between Christmas and New Year (Fri.–Sun.)||27–29.12.2019||open, normal opening hours|
|New Year (Tues.–Wed.)||31.12.2019–1.1.2020||closed|
|Week 1 (Thurs.–Sat.)||2–3.1.2020||open, normal opening hours|
|Epiphany Eve (Sun.)||5.1.2020||open 10 am – 4 pm|
|Service week (week 12)||16–20.3.2020 (Mon.–Fri.)||closed|
|21–22.3.2020 (Sat.–Sun.)||open, normal opening hours|
|Maundy Thursday||9.4.2020||open 10 am – 5 pm (no extended hours)|
|Easter Saturday||11.4.2020||open 10 am – 5 pm|
|Easter Sunday||12.4.2020||open 10 am – 4 pm|
|Thursday before May Day||30.4.2020||open 10 am – 5 pm (no extended hours)|
|May Day (Fri.)||1.5.2020||closed|
|Ascension day (Thurs.)||21.5.2020||open 10 am – 6 pm|
|Pentecost (Sun.)||31.5.2020||open 10 am – 4 pm|
|Thursday before Midsummer||18.6.2020||open 10 am – 5 pm (no extended hours)|
|All Saints´ Day (Sat.)||31.10.2020||open 10 am – 5 pm|
|Independence Day (Sun.)||6.12.2020||closed|
|Days between Christmas and New Year||27.12.2019 (Sun.)||open 10 am – 4 pm|
|28–29.12.2020 (Mon.–Tues.)||open 10 am – 5 pm|
|New Year (Thurs.–Fri.)||31.12.2020–1.1.2021||closed|
|Week 53 (Sat.–Sun.)||2–3.1.2021||open, normal opening hours|
|Week 1 (Mon.)||4.1.2021||open 10 am – 5 pm|
|Epiphany Eve (Tues.)||5.1.2021||open 10 am – 5 pm|
|Week 1, after Epiphany (Thurs.–Sun.)||7–10.1.2021||cpen, normal opening hours|
Outdoor garden has free entrance all year round.
General ticket prices
|Children 7–17 years||5 €|
|Conscripts, persons undergoing non-military service||8 €|
|The unemployed||8 €|
|Employees of the University of Helsinki||8 €|
|Family ticket (max 2 adults and max 4 children)||26 €|
|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
Pre-booking is not necessary for self-directed group visits to the glasshouses in Kaisaniemei Botanic Garden.
|Groups of 15 or more adults (also for groups attending guided tours)||8 €/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.
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 100 € on weekends. Apart from this there might be a charge for the entrance:
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.
|Adult groups||10 €/pers.|
|Children (not including educational institutions):|
|0–2 years (together with guardian)||free of charge|
|3–17 years (childgroups or as part of a group consisting of both children and adults)||4 €/pers.|
Free entrance days
UPDATED 16.3.2020: An exceptional situation has been declared at the University of Helsinki due to coronavirus. The free entrance days are canceled until further notice. Further information about the coronavirus situation at the University of Helsinki.
In 2020 there is free entrance to the glasshouses on the first Friday in January, March, July, September and November as well as on the second Friday in May (Fri. 3.1., 6.3., 8.5., 3.7., 4.9. and 6.11.2020) for the whole day (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”, Smartum Visa, SmartumPay
- 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 €.
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.
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.
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:
- Kaisaniemenranta (Near the Kaisaniemi Botanic Garden)
- Mikonkatu, in front of the Grand Casino (so called Fennia house) (By the Rautatientori)
Botanic Garden maps
Download the map: the map (pdf.)
African Violet Room
Plants by an African mountain stream.
Plants from African rainforests.
The evolution of the plant kingdom, tropical economic plants.
Plants from African and American savannas and tropical beaches.
Dry Forest Room
Plants from African forests with sparse rainfall or seasonal drought.
Plants from tropical and subtropical deserts and semideserts.
South African Room
Plants from the Cape Floral Kingdom, southern Africa and Australia.
Endemic species from tropical and subtropical islands.
Wetland plants, tropical economic plants.
Plants from the Mediterranean region and subtropical Asia.
NB! The Room 301 is for staff only.
Cash desk: +3582941 24455 (during opening hours).
Guided tours and bookings: email@example.com tel. +3582941 28855 Mon, Tue. and Thu. at 1-3 pm (starting from 13.1.2020).
Professional filming/photography and facility rentals: firstname.lastname@example.org tel. +3582941 28855 Mon, Tue. and Thu. at 1-3 pm (starting from 13.1.2020).
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. 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 general enquiries please contact us by email at email@example.com
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.
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!
Eating 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, 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.