Finnish Museum of Natural History

Natural History Museum

Opening hours

On Wednesday 21.11.2018 the Natural History Museum is exceptionally closed the while day due to a private event.

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.

Free entry to the Natural History Museum in 2018 during the last three opening hours (at 1–4 pm in winter and at 2–5 pm in summer) of the first Friday of every month. Free entrance to the museum also on fathers day Sun. 11.11.2018 the whole day from 10 am to 4 pm, more information about the program in Finnish on Luomus event page (Luomuksessa tapahtuu).

In 2019 free entry to the Natural History Museum during the whole day (wintertime 9 am – 4 pm and summertime 10 am – 5 pm) during the first Friday in February, April, June, August, October and December.

Exceptional opening hours

Epiphany 6.1.2018 Open 10 am – 4 pm
Monday 19.2.2018 Open 9 am – 4 pm
Maundy Thursday 29.3.2018 Open 9am – 4 pm (no extended hours)
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 Closed
Monday 30.4.2018 Closed
May Day 1.5.2018 Closed
Ascension day 10.5.2018 Open 10 am – 4 pm
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
Private event 21.11.2018 Closed
Independence Day 6.12.2018 Closed
Christmas 24.12.–26.12.2018 Closed
New Year 30.12.2018 – 1.1.2019 Closed
Epiphany Eve 5.1.2019 Open 10 am to 5 pm
Epiphany 6.1.2019 Open 10 am to 4 pm

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 €.

Free entry during the last three opening hours (at 1–4 pm during winter and at 2–5 pm during summer) of the first Friday of every month, except in January, when free entry is on the second Friday of the month (13.1.2017 at 1–4 pm).

Entrance fees 2018

Adults 14 €
Children 7–17 years 7 €
Discount groups  
Senior citizens 11 €
Conscripts and persons undergoing non-military service 11 €
Unemployed 11 €
Students 7 €
Staff of Helsinki University 11 €
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 36 €
max 2 adults and 1-4 children
Groups of 10 or more adults 11 €/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 wintertime (September-May) on Tues, Wed and Fri from 10 am to 4 pm (on Thurs until 6 pm), Sat from 11 to 5 pm and on Sun from 11 to 4 pm. The opening hours on summertime (June-August) are Tues-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 7,50 €. 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