Photo: Kansallisgalleria | Finnish National Gallery / Jenni Nurminen

Visiting the exhibition

Here, you will find information on how to make your visit as pleasant as possible. The Ateneum operates on the principles of a safer space.

Welcome to Ateneum! 

The museum staff is here for you, so please do not hesitate to ask for help. Our staff is also responsible for ensuring that the works of art remain undamaged. 


The museum building in a picture

Our principles for safer space

We want everyone to feel safe in the Ateneum. In the Ateneum 

  • other people are treated in a considerate manner. 
  • everyone is allowed to be who they are. 
  • all kinds of bullying, harassment, and discrimination are forbidden.  
  • the staff is there for you. Please don’t hesitate to ask for help or advice. 

Read more about our principles for a safer space

Dive deep into the art by listening 

The Ateneum Guide offers audio descriptions to enrich the exhibition experience of A Question of Time. The audio guide works with your phone’s internet browser. It is easy to use the audio guide: scan the QR code or use the work number given on the exhibit label for direct access to the related audio description. In the main view of the audio guide, you can see all the audio-described works in the exhibition. 

Open the audio guide

Open tours and exhibition intros


Would you like to hear more about our current exhibitions? We organise guided tours or exhibition intros on the first Sunday of each month. The tours and intros are included in the price of your entrance ticket, and they are organised in Finnish, Swedish, English, and Russian. 

You do not need to register for the tours or intros. They are available on a first come, first served basis. A guided tour takes approximately an hour and an exhibition intro approximately 30 minutes. 

Next open tours and exhibition intros 

Book a tour for your group

On a guided tour, you can explore the collection. To enrich your experience in the temporary exhibition you can book an exhibition intro for your group. Exhibition intros are held at the Ateneum Hall. 

Explore our selection of guided tours

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Events and workshops

Participate in art workshops, go on guided tours and dive into art with lectures and exhibition intros. The selection varies depending on the exhibition – see the events calendar for details. 

See all events


Take a break in the atmospheric Ateneum Bistro! The restaurant-café offers classic Finnish bistro cuisine with a modern twist. In addition to lunch, the bistro serves sweet and savoury delicacies to enjoy with coffee or tea. 

See Ateneum Bistro’s offerings

Museum shop 

Pick up a souvenir from the museum shop! We sell products related to the Ateneum’s art collections and temporary exhibitions as well as a selection of publications, cards, and gifts. 

Explore the museum shop online

Visit with children 

The Ateneum is a hugely fascinating building for children, too. Through the eyes of children, adults can see familiar classics from a new angle. Stroll around together and see what you find – it may be a new favourite or two!

With children