A group of young people sitting at an art exhibition on the floor. The girl sitting in the middle of the picture listens intently.
Photo: Ville Malja

For schools

Welcome to the Ateneum—a place to learn, experience, enjoy and create! The beloved classics of the Stories of Finnish Art exhibition as well as competent and encouraging guides and art educators are waiting for you at the Ateneum. The Ateneum’s art is also available online, so you can start the museum visit in your own classroom.

Outi Heiskanen – materials for schools

This information package offers a few activities that can be combined with a visit to the exhibition at
the Ateneum or with an online distance-learning tour, which can be booked separately. The purpose
of the activities is to promote the joy of discovery and to feed the imagination, both when exploring
the works in the exhibition and when making art oneself.

Before your visit 

A museum visit provides many opportunities for various projects. Make the most of your visit and prepare for it in advance. You can also recall the museum experience after your trip.  


Admission is free for visitors under 18 years old and teachers accompanying student groups. Teachers may purchase a yearly pass that gives admission to the Ateneum, Museum of Contemporary Art Kiasma and Sinebrychoff Art Museum. Present your OAJ (the Trade Union of Education in Finland), KOL (the Finnish Association of Adult Education Centres) or similar teacher card at the ticket office. 

Read more about tickets and yearly passes

Inform us about your visit 

If you are coming to the Ateneum with your class and you have not booked a guided tour or an exhibition intro, please let us know of your visit in advance by emailing ainfo [a] ateneum.fi

Schoolchildren are warmly welcome to visit the exhibitions with their teacher.


Admission is free for visitors under 18 years old and teachers accompanying student groups. 

The Ateneum’s main entrance is on the Kaivokatu side. The accessible entrance is on the Ateneuminkuja side.

The group leader must register the group at Ticket Sales and get admission stickers for each member of the group, who should place the stickers in a visible place. If you have booked a guided tour or an exhibition intro, a guide will meet you at the inner courtyard next to the museum shop. 

The museum staff is here for you; please don’t hesitate to ask if you have any questions!


Prepare for your visit 

What do we know and what are our expectations?  

Talk about what a museum is. What is art? That’s a big question to think about. What do you expect from your upcoming visit? Search for information, discuss, write and draw according to the age of the students.

Arrival and accessibility 

Find a picture of the Ateneum Art Museum. Where is the building? How can you get there? Share your experiences of earlier visits.   

You can find more information about the Ateneum online. When was the Ateneum building completed? What has the building been used for in the past? What are the current exhibitions at the Ateneum?  

The story of Ateneum

Our Collection

At this point, it is good to have a look at the frequently asked questions. When students know where they are going, you can get straight to the point when you arrive at the museum.  

Get more out of your visit on a guided tour 

On a guided tour, you look more closely at selected works of art. A guide encourages you to look at the details, make observations and discuss the works you have seen. The museum visit is a chance for you to learn and experience as a group.    

Discounted price for schools and kindergartens 

Schools and kindergartens can book guided tours at a discounted price. We are flexible about the sizes of school and kindergarten groups, but the maximum group size is, in any case, 25 people. 

A guided tour lasting approximately one hour is €70 per class. 
An exhibition intro at the Ateneum Hall lasting approximately 30 minutes is €55 per class. 

Enquiries and bookings for groups: 
sales@fng.fi  or by phone at +358 294 500 500 from 10:00–14:00 Monday to Friday. 

Thematic tours of the Stories of Finnish Art collections exhibition for schools 

We have six thematic tours of the exhibition that are based on the educational goals of the museum and those of the basic education curriculum in Finnish schools. The tours were created in cooperation with educationalists and museum guides. All themes are presented in way that is appropriate for the age of the students.

That’s How It Used to Be – Or Was It?

Using works from the Ateneum collections, the tour examines what life was ‘back then’, exploring conceptions of time as well as styles of art and values in different periods. A special focus is on the question: Is the picture true? The past is linked to the present. Whose history is portrayed in art? What is it like? What kind of Finnish identity do these pictures promote? What was attention-getting contemporary art a hundred years ago?

Artworks may also be linked to current advertising and media imageries, and themes of cultural identity and roots may be discussed. What was cultural pluralism then and now?

Pictures of People (portrait, self-portrait)

How has the depiction of people changed over time? What has been the purpose and importance of portraits and self-portraits in different historical periods? The tour takes a close look at different types of portraits and self-portraits, examining the development of styles and discussing the portrayal of nudity. What is beautiful? What is true? What do self-portraits tell us? How do they do it?

Stories and Myths: Kalevala, Folk Traditions and History Painting

The tour focuses on the cultural and linguistic roots of the Finnish people, with an emphasis on multiculturality: What does it mean for something to be Finnish? How has Finnish identity been constructed? How does interpretations of a real or mythical Finnishness come across in artworks from different historical periods? What kinds of effects are used in paintings that tell about the history of the Finnish people?

And what about today: How do national myths and stories appear in everyday life in this day and age? The tour examines themes in the Kalevala, with a special focus on one of them. Other mythical and historical works may also be touched upon.

Artists and Their Environment: Nature and the City

Over the years, artists have depicted both nature and the built environment in their work. This tour focuses on landscape painting, the impact of international ideals on conceptions of the landscape, and also artists’ interpretations of the urban environment. What is the role of the environment in art?

What does it mean, to say that the landscape is a state of mind? Have media images or artworks affected the formation of or change in the students’ ideas of nature? Has it happened through observation or by creating art?

The Life of Children

The theme of this tour is depictions of childhood in Finnish art. What has the life of children been like in different families and social classes, in different times? What do pictures from different historical periods tell us about the position of children in the family and in society? What do they tell us about children’s play and work?

Are there things in the pictures that students can recognise in the present? Which things have changed? The tour also focuses on the inner world of children, which is depicted in the paintings in many impressive ways.

Virtual guided tour: In the artists’ footsteps

This virtual guided tour takes participants on a trip to the world of the Stories of Finnish Art exhibition, with the help of a rich visual presentation. Led by a guide, the tour introduces participants to key works in the Ateneum collection and the artists behind them, who travelled in Finland and abroad to study or work, more than a hundred years ago.

In those days, travelling was slow, and the virtual guided tour reflects this by giving people time to explore the works in peace and dig below the surface. Where did Helene Schjerfbeck create her painting The Convalescent? And how did Albert Edelfelt’s esteemed painting come into being?

The tour is provided to participants as a guide-led session on Microsoft Teams. There is no need to download the Teams application: you can join the tour using a browser. You can participate in the tour as a group or individually from your own workstation, following the link we provide.

To participate in a virtual guided tour, you need a network connection with a minimum speed of 10 Mbit/s, or a 4G connection. Recording the virtual guided tour is prohibited.

Tour languages: Finnish, Swedish, and English
Price: €95/20 persons, schools €70
Group size:
Max. 150 persons
Duration: 45 min

Exhibition intro: Stories of Finnish Art

Yleisöjohdanto Tove Jansson -näyttelyyn 2014.

Exhibition intro is held in the Ateneum Hall, where you can sit comfortably while listening to an expert present the content and background of the exhibition. Images of the art are displayed at the same time. Following the intro you can enjoy the exhibition at your own pace.

Participants are introduced to the concept of an art museum, and the phases of Finnish art and artistic life through the Ateneum collection.

Restrictions may have an effect on the group size and availability. At the moment group size is limited to max 15 people.

Tour languages: Finnish, Swedish, English, Russian, French and Italian.
Price: €5/person + tickets
Group size: 10-134 persons
Length: 30–40 min

Please make your reservation four weeks before the occasion.

Time Travelling – An Exhibition Intro for Children

Aikamatkalla – Lasten johdanto Suomen taiteen tarinaan

You are invited to go time travelling in the world of art! Targeted at children, this exhibition intro presents the Stories of Finnish Art exhibition, providing fascinating views into art. An Ateneum guide introduces children to various works, taking them from the countryside to the city and on a time journey through decades of art.

Restrictions may have an effect on the group size and availability. At the moment group size is limited to max 15 people.

Tour languages: Finnish, Swedish, English and Russian
Price: €75 + tickets
Kindergartens and schools: €45 / group
Group size: 1 to 18 people
Duration: 20 min

Please make your reservation four weeks before the occasion.

Guided Tour with Skissi the Cat

The Ateneum’s guided tour for children is a playful adventure into classic art. A guide takes children on a journey, during which they experience a variety of works. What can they find in them? The guided tour feeds the children’s imagination and provides them with personal contact with art. Joining the children on the tour is the Ateneum’s mascot, the cat Skissi. 

The guided tour is suitable for 4–8-year-olds. Children can only take the tour if accompanied by an adult (max. five children per adult).

You can also arrange a jolly art-themed birthday party with Skissi! Read more

Restrictions may have an effect on the group size and availability. At the moment group size is limited to max 15 people.

Tour languages: Finnish, Swedish and English
€95 + tickets
Day care centers and schools on weekdays €70
Group size: Max. 20 persons, max 5 children / adult
Length: c. 45 min


At the Ateneum workshops, you get to create art yourself! Workshops are mainly free of charge for schools and kindergartens. Registration is open twice a year (16–31 January and 16–31 August). The selections are determined by drawing lots.  

Ateneum in the classroom 

The Ateneum Art Museum’s works of art are also available online. Images of the works of art, audio guides and short movies can be used to integrate the museum trip with schoolwork. Alternatively, the whole museum visit can be virtual.  

Thinking and doing together! 

Designed by the Ateneum Art Museum, these assignments use images of art to inspire discussion in the classroom. After viewing the images, it’s time to get to know art hands on through the assignments. The assignments are designed for four age groups, but the materials can be adapted for other grades as well.

Art assignments for schools

Short films: Stories of Finnish Art

Stories of Finnish Art short films will show familiar classics in a new light. The camera picks up details on the surface of the works that are not visible to the naked eye. This reveals new aspects of familiar works: brushstrokes, highlight colours and surprising details.

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Explore the entire art collection 

The works in the collections of the Ateneum, Kiasma and Sinebrychoff art museums can be explored on the Finnish National Gallery website. You can search for works by title, year, artist’s name, or theme. Copyright-free works can be downloaded directly from the website. 

Search the Finnish National Gallery collection