The National Museum is an inspiring and animated learning enviroment. A museum visit complements school education and can be easily combined with various subjects. Museum visits best support subjects such as History, Religion, Ethics, Finnish, Textile crafts, Technical crafts, Home economics and Art.
You are welcome to guide your own group around the museum for free after 11.00 a.m. or book a guided tour (subject to fee). To help plan your visit, go to our exhibitions pages to read about our collections.
The Permanent Exhibition I Temporary Exhibitions
You are welcome to contact the museum staff for advice and further information in planning your visit.
Curator of Education Ms. Maiju Tuisku, tel. +358 (0)40 128 6453 during office hours, e-mail: maiju.tuisku(at)nba.fi
Workshop co-ordinator Ms. Hanna Korhonen tel. +358 (0)40 128 6464 during office hours, e-mail: hanna.korhonen(at)nba.fi
Tour Bookings, tel. +358 (0)9 4050 9552 (Tue-Fri 9 a.m.-12 noon). Closed Monday.
A guided tour is the most convinient way for a group to explore the museum. The basic tour is 45 minutes in duration. It is planned in accordance with the teacher's wishes and it can be combined, for example, with prehistory workshops.
Booked guided tours for school children are subject to fee.
Workshop VINTTI is an interactive exhibition, where visitors can study the history of Finland and its culture using their hands and heads. Children's groups (day-care centres, schools) are requested to visit Workshop VINTTI only on guided tours between 9 a.m. and 11 a.m. from Tuesday to Friday.
Workshop VINTTI. Easy History.
Prices for booked guided tours 2013
The VAT for guided tours is 24 % (included in the price).
We recommend a maximum visitor group size of 30 persons. Children's tours can consist of 25 school children or 20 day-care children at the most. For groups larger than 30 persons, you will have to book two guided tours.
- Day-care and school groups, upper secondary education groups € 45 / 45 min. No entrance fee.
- Higher education student groups, university and polytechnics student groups € 80 / 1 hour. No entrance fee.
- Entrance to the museum is free for all under 18-year-olds and groups of full-time students (upper secondary education groups, higher education groups, universities and polytechnics). Teachers and supervising adults accompanying groups of day-care children, schoolchildren and students, also have free entrance.
Payment and invoicing
Payment for tours can be made upon arrival at the museum at the info desk. We accept cash, credit cards, vouchers (Travel Agencies) and invoicing.
Registered organisations and companies with a Business ID can be invoiced afterwards. The invoicing address and Business ID are required when making the booking. No invoicing surcharge.
Tour bookings: Tuesday-Friday from 9 a.m. to 12 noon, phone + 358 (0)9 4050 9552. Closed Mondays.
Bookings must be made a minimum of one week in advance, two weeks for groups of 30 persons or more.
Cancellations are possible until 2 working days previous to the tour. Otherwise full price will be charged.
In case of sudden illness, children's tours can still be cancelled the previous or same day. Please call Tour Bookings at +358 (0)9 4050 9552 (Tue-Fri 9 a.m.-12 noon) or National Museum of Finland's exchange number +358 (0)9 40 501 (during office hours). You can also e-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org
Museums opening hours for guided school tours
In addition to normal opening hours, guided tours are available to school groups between 9 a.m. and 11 a.m. from Tuesday to Friday, when the museum is closed to the general public. Yet, it is not possible for a group to stay in the museum by themselves if the tour finishes before 11 a.m.
Self-guided visits are not possible before 11 a.m. Teachers are welcome to self-guide their groups once the museum opens at 11 a.m. No entrance fee for teachers and children or students.
Access to the museum between 9 a.m. and to 11 a.m.
Map and Getting here
Advice for teachers
Writing pads are available for school children. Please ask from the ticket-office personnel.
Packed lunch should be noted in the booking, tel. +358 (0)9 4050 9552, Tue-Fri 9 a.m.-12 noon, in order to provide a suitable location for eating.
Teachers should supervise the work of their pupils and students in the museum to avoid disturbances.
The self-service cloakroom is free of charge and is located on the first floor next to the main entrance. There are coin-operated (50 cent) lockers next to the cloakroom and on the ground floor.
For reasons of visitor and exhibit security, backpacks, large bags, food, beverages and umbrellas must be left in the cloakroom or the lockers. There is separate storage space for the bags and backpacks of schoolchildren in the cloakroom area.
- Do not touch the exhibits. All the objects on display in the museum are valuable and are meant to be preserved for future generations. Special tours can be arranged for sight-impaired visitors.
Teachers presenting a Finnish Teachers Union card can visit the museum free of charge to plan class visits, and they can also book low-priced special guided tours for teachers.
Free information and training sessions on the museum's exhibitions are also held for teachers.
Teachers can enroll on the museum's special email list by send their contact information to the address
Frescoes with Kalevala theme by Akseli Gallen-Kallela from 1928. Detail: the forging of the Sampo.
Elk-head soapstone sculpture from Huittinen, Western Finland, from Stone Age 7000-6000 BC.
The horseman on the silver coin of Philip II of Macedonia refers to Philip's victory in the Olympic Games of 356 BC.
Saint George, a late medieval Finnish work of sculpture from Hinnerjoki Church.
Bird-shaped milk scoop from Tammela.
The Drawing Room of Jakkarila Manor dates from the 1760s.
Girl with a Cat. Oil on canvas possibly by J. E. Lindh, detail. The girl is wearing a dress of the 1830s.