Tips for your visit

Welcome to the Ateneum! The museum staff is here for you, so do not hesitate to ask for help. It is also for the staff to ensure that the exhibited works of art remain intact. These tips are intended to make your visit enjoyable.

Do I have to leave my coat in the cloakroom?

You can keep your coat with you, with the exception of wet coats, which should be left in the cloakroom. The museum has a free attended cloakroom, a self-service cloakroom, and lockers.

Why are backpacks or large bags not allowed in the exhibition spaces?

This is to protect the works. When you move about, your backpack or large bag may accidentally hit a work of art. It is also nicer to enjoy art without a heavy bag. If you wish, you can borrow a small bag from the cloakroom for the duration of your visit.

Can I take a pram with me into the exhibition spaces?

Yes, you can. You can also park your pram next to the cloakroom behind the main staircase. The accessible entrance to the building is on Ateneuminkuja.

Can I breastfeed at the Ateneum?

Yes, you can. We recommend the benches on the landings outside the exhibition galleries for breastfeeding.

Can I drink and eat my own food at the museum?

To protect the works, drinking and eating are not allowed in the exhibition galleries. Please leave your water bottle in the cloakroom. The museum’s courtyard has a long table where you can eat your own food.

Are pets allowed inside the museum, the courtyard or the Ateneum Bistro?

Only guide dogs and assistance dogs are welcome in the building.

Can I take a walking stick, Nordic walking poles or studded shoes into the exhibition spaces?

Yes and no. Cover the spikes of poles meant for off-road use with rubber tips. The Ateneum building has old wooden floors that scratch easily from the sharp tips of the poles. Studded shoes should always be left in the cloakroom. If necessary, you can borrow comfortable felt slippers from the cloakroom.

Can you take photographs and video at the museum?

Photographing and video-recording at exhibitions are allowed for private use, unless otherwise indicated. To keep the works safe, please refrain from using a flash, selfie stick or tripod. Read more about arranging photo shoots at the Ateneum. (

Why is touching the works of art not allowed?

The works of art are authentic, which makes them fragile and invaluable. In many cases, the damage caused by touch is not visible immediately, but gradually becomes apparent later. Keep a distance of at least an arm’s length between you and the works of art, display cases and walls.

Do I have to be quiet at the museum?

Conversation and laughter belong in a museum, but do respect the other visitors. If you need to take a long phone call, quiet places to do so include, for example, the rest areas in the stairwell.

Why is running not allowed at the museum?

Running is not allowed at the museum to avoid damaging the works or causing bodily injury. For the same reason, giving a child a piggyback ride or carrying them on your shoulders is prohibited in the exhibition galleries. That said, the exhibitions are suitable for adults and children to experience together.

Why are the exhibition galleries dimly lit?

Many of the works of art are sensitive to light. For example, paper-based works are so sensitive to light that they can only be on display at an exhibition for three months at a time. Lighting specialists design the lighting of the exhibition galleries to be in line with the overall look of each exhibition.

Photo: Ville Malja