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Sightseeing and landmarks in Helsinki

Art museums

Art Museum
“Kiasma is a Contemporary Art museum that delights and provokes, impresses, surprises and entertains - one of my favourite museums. It's one of the leading museums of contemporary art in the Nordic region and the Kiasma building itself is a major architectural landmark. - kiasma.fi, @kiasmagram, open: tue-sun 11-18”
  • 142 locals recommend
Art Museum
“The Ateneum Art Museum has the country’s oldest and largest art collection. The collections exhibition presents well-loved classics alongside seldom-exhibited works of art. - Ateneum.fi”
  • 85 locals recommend
Art Museum
“The Helsinki Art Museum, HAM, looks after an art collection that belongs to the people of Helsinki, which includes over 9,000 works of art including the statues in Helsinki. HAM draws attention to modern art and contemporary art in its exhibitions at the Tennis Palace. Some of its galleries are also dedicated to an exhibition of Tove Jansson's (1914-2001) life and works. The works of the artist are amongst the most cherished pieces in the HAM collection. Some of the museum's exhibitions are always free to enter. At the Tennis Palace building you'll also find several cafés and restaurants, a museum shop as well as Helsinki's biggest cinema complex, Finnkino Tennispalatsi.”
  • 52 locals recommend
Art Museum
“The Finnish Museum of Natural History is the place where you can find the largest zoological collection of the country. Both kids and adults love this place!”
  • 40 locals recommend
Art Gallery
“Kunsthalle Helsinki - Contemporary art and design in a beautiful venue, since 1928. Each year, Kunsthalle Helsinki hosts 5-7 major exhibitions, in addition to special events and a cross-disciplinary programme. The focus of the exhibitions is on contemporary art but the exhibition programme also includes design and architecture. ”
  • 22 locals recommend
Art Museum
“Amos Rex is a newly renovated and popular Art museum in the heart of Helsinki, beneath the Lasipalatsi building. A line going around the corner is a usual view on the entrence of Amos Rex, when a new exhibition has just started.”
  • 30 locals recommend
History Museum
“Finlands national painter artist Akseli Gallen-Kallela´s former ateljee. Nice restaurant/ cafe next to ateljee. ”
  • 10 locals recommend
Art Museum
“Maybe a bit far but worth visiting if you have time, private gallery and museum”
  • 5 locals recommend

Landmark experiences

History museums

History Museum
“National Museum illustrates Finnish history from medieval times to the 19th century. The museum's unique exhibits tells of the life from a period of over 1000 years. Temporary exhibitions on current themes and an interactive exhibition Vintti, where you can experience history by doing yourself.”
  • 44 locals recommend
History Museum
“he Helsinki City Museum is the world’s only museum focusing on Helsinki. Personal experiences and everyday life of people in Helsinki are highlighted and reflected in the museum’s items and photographs. A Kiss-kiss candy wrapper, a squeaky steel spring bed and a photo of a suburb home yard are precious treasures in the museum. The Helsinki City Museum is located in the oldest blocks of the city near the Senate Square, and entrance is always free of charge. In the City Museum, everyone has the opportunity to fall in love with Helsinki. Four other museums—the Hakasalmi Villa, the Burgher’s House, the Worker Housing Museum and the Tram Museum—are also a part of the Helsinki City Museum. The museum’s collections comprise of approximately one million photographs and 450,000 items. In addition, it fosters buildings and environments of cultural historical value and operates as the regional museum for Central Uusimaa.”
  • 13 locals recommend
History Museum
“Kansallismuseo tarjoaa juuri sitä mitä siltä voi odottaakin. Museossa on myös usein vaihtuvia näyttelyitä. / Finnish National Museum is exactly what one may expect. The museum has also several changing expeditions.”
  • 9 locals recommend
History Museum
“Finlands national painter artist Akseli Gallen-Kallela´s former ateljee. Nice restaurant/ cafe next to ateljee. ”
  • 10 locals recommend
Art Gallery
“The charming Villa Hakasalmi is located next to Finlandia Hall near Töölönlahti bay. This elegant building retains a tangible sense of the Empire style era and is one of the few of its kind remaining in Helsinki. The best-known resident of Villa Hakasalmi was Aurora Karamzin (1808-1902), who lived there until her death. Because of this, the building is also referred to as the Karamzin Villa. The villa is today a branch of the Helsinki City Museum with changing exhibitions. An idyllic cafe is located on the courtyard, serving coffee, snacks and a daily changing lunch.”
  • 2 locals recommend
History Museum
“The Vantaa City Museum at the old Tikkurila station has long had good exhibitions with a bold attitude. The building itself is well worth a visit. After all, it is one of the oldest stations in Finland. Free entrance.”
  • 2 locals recommend
History Museum
“Old powerplant with a small waterfall, a nice area to walk around. There's also a museo of Technology. Some of the oldest houses in Helsinki are around here, this is where it all started.”
  • 3 locals recommend
History Museum
  • 1 local recommends

History tours

Scenic lookouts

Beach
“The biggest beach in Helsinki. Nice cafe and place to visit. Beautiful spot for sunsets 🌅 ”
  • 69 locals recommend
Scenic Lookout
“Lovely for picnic & nature walk in the spring, summer and fall. Personally I don't like it that much in the winter, but I know some people enjoy that too.”
  • 36 locals recommend
Park
“At Tervasaari island, which is a popular recreation area next to the city centre, you can find eg. restaurant Savu, a kid's playground, a dogpark with a designated swimming beach for dogs, a summer theatre and a rug washing pier. It's also a perfect spot for a summer picnic. The shore has a walkway to the park island of Tervasaari.”
  • 20 locals recommend
Scenic Lookout
“Highest point of Helsinki. Challenge yourself and walk over 400 steps to the highest point.”
  • 6 locals recommend
Scandinavian Restaurant
“Traditional Finnish food and crayfish parties at this island fortress that used to be a cannonball storage.”
  • 1 local recommends
Scenic Lookout
Scenic Lookout
“A wooden tower built on the edge of the swampy area of the Finnish Bay where birds nest during summers. Great for watching sunsets. ”
  • 1 local recommends

Historic sites

Island
“The fortress of Suomenlinna is a UNESCO's World Heritage Site and located on a group of islands in Helsinki. Take the ferry from Kauppatori and enjoy the beautiful historical fortress and walk around the islands stone pavements which take you back in time. Have a nice picnic on the grassy shire-like hills on the southern side of the island or have a lunch or refreshing beverage in one of the local restaurants.”
  • 210 locals recommend
Island
“A must see fortress island. Take the ferry from Kauppatori, regular buss ticket will do. Take warm clothing, it's always chillier there than on the mainland. This is why it's full on a hot day! ”
  • 23 locals recommend
Island
“The really cool sea fortress, founded in 1748, is a sight that the kids love! Suomenlinna is a Unesco World Heritage site and one of the most popular tourist attractions in Finland. Visitors are not charged an admission fee – you only need to pay for the ferry crossing. Suomenlinna is also a borough of Helsinki. The many cafés, restaurants and terraces of Suomenlinna are charming oases. There are plenty of options, from cafés and lunch restaurants to fine dining. All of the cafés and restaurants serve during the summer season and many of them also serve visitors during the winter season. In addition, the fortress has a brewery. The main sights are situated along the blue route which runs across the fortress. Watch a video of the blue route. Suomenlinna is accessible only by water. A HSL ferry service runs from the Market Square to Suomenlinna throughout the year. Buy HSL ticket AB zone with HSL app. In the summer season, a water bus service to Suomenlinna is also available. Waterbus tickets can be bought either online, at the ticket booth in the Market Square or on board the bus. Please note, that only return tickets can be bought online. One way tickets can be purchased in the Market Square or on board the waterbus. The trip to Suomenlinna takes 15–20 minutes and offers magnificent views of Helsinki and the surroundings from the sea. During the cold winter months, the trip through the ice-covered ”
  • 1 local recommends

Art and museum tours

Libraries

Library
“The most beautiful public library of the world, blows your architecture mind. Community and open space, free of charge.”
  • 37 locals recommend
Library
“One of the oldest public libraries in Finland. Fine architecture and cozy atmosphere.”
  • 9 locals recommend
College Library
“Helsinki University library. Books, peace and architecture. Check the views from the balcony 7th floor! ”
  • 6 locals recommend
College Library
“The National Library is a beautiful building both inside and out. I also recommend the place for tourists because of the architecture. In addition to admiring the building, the library offers temporary exhibitions. There is also the opportunity to sit and read books.”
  • 5 locals recommend
Library
“And library for all, free books also ovet 20 other languages, also concerts for free and etc”
  • 6 locals recommend
Library
“Lauttasaari Library - Library = Kirjasto, nice place, computers, newspapers, general information”
  • 1 local recommends
Library
“Small but central library specialized in music. Some magazines and newpapers. Computers for free use.”
  • 4 locals recommend
Library
“Library with free wifi open for the public Mon-Thu 9-20, Fri 9-16, Sat 10-16. Located in a walking distance of 350 m.”
  • 1 local recommends
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