Finnish Museum of Natural History

Natural History Museum

Opening hours

Opening hours during Midsummer: Thurs. 20.6 10 am– 5 pm. Fri.– Mon. 21.6.– 24.6.2019. Closed.

Winter (1.1.–31.5. and 1.9.–31.12.)

Monday Closed
Tuesday 9 am – 4 pm
Wednesday 9 am – 4 pm
Thursday 9 am – 6 pm
Friday 9 am – 4 pm 
Saturday 10 am – 5 pm
Sunday 10 am – 4 pm

Summer (1.6.–31.8.)

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 – 5 pm

The ticket sale ends 30 minutes before closing time.

In 2019 free entry to the Natural History Museum during the first Friday in February, April, June, August and October (Fri. 1.2., 5.4., 7.6., 2.8. and 4.10.2019). Also free entrance in December, but then on the second friday of the month (13.12.2019). Free entrance during the whole day (wintertime 9 am – 4 pm and summertime 10 am – 5 pm).

Exceptional opening hours

Independence Day 6.12.2018 Closed
Christmas 24–26.12.2018 Closed
Days between Christmas and New Year 27–29.12.2018 Open, usual opening hours
30.12.2018 Closed
New Year 31.12.2018 – 1.1.2019 Closed
Week 1, Wed.–Fri. 2–4.1.2019 Open, usual opening hours
Epiphany Eve 5.1.2019 Open 10 am – 5 pm
Epiphany 6.1.2019 Open 10 am – 4 pm
Service week (week 3) 14–18.1.2019 Closed
19–20.1.2019 Open, usual opening hours
Maundy Thursday 18.4.2019 Open 9am – 4 pm (no extended hours)
Good Friday 19.4.2019 Closed
Easter Saturday 20.4.2019 Open 10 am – 5 pm
Easter Sunday 21.4.2019 Open 10 am – 4 pm
Easter Monday 22.4.2019 Closed
Tuesday before May Day 30.4.2019 Open 9 am – 4 pm
May Day 1.5.2019 Closed
Ascension day 30.5.2019 Open 9 am – 4 pm (no extended hours)
Pentecost 9.6.2019 Open 10 am – 5 pm
Thursday 20.6.2019 Open 10 am – 5 pm (no extended hours)
Midsummer 21–23.6.2019 Closed
All Saints´ Day 2.11.2019 Open 10 am – 5 pm
Independence Day 6.12.2019 Closed
Christmas 23–26.12.2019 Closed
Fri.–Sun. after Christmas 27–29.12.2019 Open, usual opening hours
New Year 30.12.2019 – 1.1.2020 Closed
Week 1, Thurs.–Sat. 2–4.1.2020 Open, usual opening hours
Epiphany Eve 5.1.2020 Open 10 am to 4 pm
Epiphany 6.1.2020 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 €.

Entrance fees 2019

In 2019 free entry to the Natural History Museum during the first Friday in February, April, June, August and October (Fri. 1.2., 5.4., 7.6., 2.8. and 4.10.2019). Also free entrance in December, but then on the second friday of the month (13.12.2019). Free entrance during the whole day (wintertime 9 am – 4 pm and summertime 10 am – 5 pm).

General ticket prices
Adults 15 €
Children 7–17 years 7 €
Discount groups  
Students 7 €
Senior citizens 12 €
Conscripts and persons undergoing non-military service 12 €
Unemployed 12 €
Staff of Helsinki University 12 €
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  
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
Entrance fees for groups

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

Family ticket 38 €
max 2 adults and 4 children
Groups of 15 or more adults 10 €/person
Kindergarten, day care and school groups of age 0-17 years. The groups instructors have free entrance.  4 €/person
Guided tours

For more information on guided tours and their prices, please visit the page Guided Tours.

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 Station and bus stops.

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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. The tram routes 1 and 2 stop outside the museum.

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, no telephone duty during weeks 25–31).
Professional filming/ tel. +3582941 28855 (Tue.-Thu. at 1-3 pm, no telephone duty during weeks 25–31).
Facility +358(09) 867 8860

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. 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 summertime (June-August) onTues-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 am to 2 pm for 9,20 €. The lunch is not served from 20th of June to 13th of August. Salad, 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

Audio guided tours in English, French and Russian

You can listen to an audio guided tour on your own mobile device by connecting to the museum's free wifi and visiting We recommend that you bring your own headphones. The audio guided tours available are in English, French and Russian.

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