Ateneum Art Museum

Stories of Finnish Art

Classics with a twist

Rediscover your favourite works of art and fall in love with new ones. Our doors are open to you in the heart of Helsinki. Welcome!

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The history of the Ateneum Art Museum and its collections

The Finnish Art Society’s collections were first exhibited in Ateneum on 13 October 1888.

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Ateneum 1890. Photo: Daniel Nyblin

Ateneum building

The Ateneum building celebrated its inauguration on 18 November 1887. The new art forum was a momentous achievement for the Finnish cultural establishment, albeit that its inception was the subject of heated controversy and debate.

The building was dubbed among its contemporaries as a “Palace of a million marks”.

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