Two museum visitors looking at a painting in the Magnus Enckell exhibition.
Ateneum Magnus Enckell 23.10.2020 – 14.2.2021. Avajaiset 22.10.2020. Kutsuvieras, asiakas, yleisö, ihminen, 3.krs. Kuva: Kansallisgalleria / Hannu Pakarinen

Become a Friend of Ateneum

The Friends of Ateneum is a meeting place for art lovers. The core of the association is love for the Ateneum, passion for art and the will to view art and experience culture together.

Support for Ateneum 

The Friends of Ateneum is the oldest museum friends’ association in Finland, founded in 1919 by Amos Anderson, Väinö Blomstedt and Eero Järnefelt, among others. Its original goal was to help the Ateneum acquire art for its collection.  

Art donations to the museum are still one of the over 100-year-old association’s duties of honour. The Friends’ donation collection includes works by Hugo Simberg, Helene Schjerfbeck and Sulho Sipilä. In addition, the association supports the Ateneum with annual contributions and volunteer work. 

Joy of friendship since 1919 

The Friends of Ateneum provides its members a versatile all-year member programme and invitations to openings and special events where you can enjoy the company of Friends. You always have a free admission to the Ateneum, the home of art and its Friends.

Friendship is a joy! 

Membership benefits 

As a Friend, you get 

  • a chance to attend the Friends of Ateneum events (arranged in Finnish)
  • an invitation to the Ateneum’s exhibition openings
  • free admission to the Ateneum’s exhibitions and benefits at the Ateneum’s events 
  • newsletters in Finnish related to the membership programme and the Ateneum’s exhibitions and events 
  • discounts in the Finnish National Gallery’s museum shops 
  • discounts in the Ateneum and Kiasma cafés 
  • to support the Ateneum

The annual membership prices are: 

  • €48 Individual member  
  • €78 Family membership (two adults and children under 18 years old living at the same address) 
  • €15 Youth (under 25 years old) or student membership

Lifetime membership costs €900. 

You can join the Friends of Ateneum at the museum’s information desk or the online shop. Membership is valid until the end of March of the calendar year following the payment date. Member invoices for the following year will be automatically sent to members. You can resign your membership by email at or by phone at +358 40 171 9911.

Become a friend of ateneum

Friends of Ateneum events

Membership events are organized in Finnish

Check out upcoming events

Friends of Ateneum Board

Chairman of the Friends of Ateneum Board is Anne Valsta. Other members are Ainomaija Haarla, Anu Karessuo, Aulis Kohvakka, Teemu Muurimäki, Katja Räisänen, Mirva Saukkola, Anne-Marie Suomalainen ja Kimmo Tupala.

Contact us

Ateneumin ystävät ry
Kaivokatu 2
00100 Helsinki
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Managing Director Anna Laamanen, puh. 040 171 9911, anna.laamanen [a]