Friends of Ateneum

The Friends of Ateneum is the oldest museum friends association in Finland, founded in 1919. Its original goal was to help the museum acquire older foreign art. Among its first donations was Ecce Homo from 1644 by Jusepe de Ribera, now in the Sinebrychoff Art Museum collections. The association was reactivated in 1985, and currently has over 2200 members.

Art donations are still on the agenda. In 1991, the Friends' help was essential in acquiring the important Self-Portrait (1884–85) by Helene Schjerfbeck, donated at the inauguration of the renovated Ateneum building. In November 1999, at the 80th anniversary gala of the association, the museum received another painting by Schjerfbeck, the portrait Einar Reuter III. The Friends' collection today includes a total of 26 works of art plus Helene Schjerfbeck's five sketchbooks and a hundred sketches.

Benefits of membership

The Friends' financial support for the museum is largely dependent on membership fees, so anyone can support the museum by joining the Friends. There are several advantages to being a Friend of Ateneum: free admission to the Ateneum Art Museum, discount at the museum shop and cafeteria, and the chance to attend special activities for members. Special events, along with other information, are listed in a newsletter four times a year (in Finnish or Swedish).

You can join the Friends of Ateneum at the museum's information desk.

Chairman of the Friends of Ateneum Board is Johanna Piisi. Other board members are Kei Heikkilä, Aulis Kohvakka, Juhani Lemmetti, Petra Majander, Riitta-Leena Paunio, Susanna Pettersson and Anne Valsta.

Contact us
Friends of Ateneum, Kaivokatu 2, FI-00100 Helsinki, Finland
Managing Director Pasi Järvinen, tel. +358 (0)40 171 9911, e-mail

Opening hours

Tue, Fri 10am–6pm
Wed, Thurs 10am–8pm
Sat, Sun 10am–5pm
Mondays closed

Ticket sale ends 30 minutes before museum closing time.


Admission fees

15 € Normal admission
13 € Discount admission
0 € Under 18 year-olds
14 € S Privilege Card holders
24/20 € Combined ticket to Ateneum and Kiasma

Ticket sale ends 30 minutes before museum closing time.

Discounts and payment methods
Contact information

Kaivokatu 2, 00100 Helsinki +358 (0)294 500 401


Please take a look at our accessibility services here.

Details on accessibility
Guided tours

(Mon-Fri 9-15) +358 (0)294 500 500

Museum Shop

Welcome to Finnish National Gallery webshop! You can buy products from Ateneum Art Museum, Museum of Contemporary Art Kiasma or Sinebrychoff Art Museum collections.
Ateneum museum shop's tel.: +358 (0)294 500 434.

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Ateneum Bistro offers classic Finnish bistro cuisine with a modern twist. Lunch from Tuesday to Friday from 11:00 to 14:00. Café-type food is also served.

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