They are often waiting in line for the Hermitage Museum, the only place in Helsinki with an expensive entrance fee.
There are no queues anywhere in Helsinki, except the most famous “Ateneum”, the museum of fine arts. If you want something more original than the mini-Hermitage, there are Finnish museums full of bizarre exhibits, such as HAM, (The Helsinki Art museum). Finns, as it turns out, are not the originals, and do not always want to extreme art. So in the best and most expensive museum in Helsinki, there was a queue. Additional cashiers quickly arrived and the queue dispersed. For 15 euros is an ordinary ticket, 13 euros preferential (seniors, students and schoolchildren).
In the Hermitage, there is a guarantee that you will not have time to look at everything in a day, but in the Ateneum, on the contrary. At the entrance there are paintings by Ilya Repin in the place of honor.
The exhibits are arranged with feeling and consideration. One does not get tired of it, some kind of chamber-like, home-like atmosphere.
Even the nude figures in the paintings look somehow natural: Europe is Europe.)
Rodin’s work is also frivolous.
Also next to the classic paintings is the American Donald Duck, with a similar theme)
This is such a fun temporary action, enlivening the perception of the paintings. There aren’t many masterpieces in the museum, but they are memorable: Van Gogh, Cezanne, Gauguin, competently illuminated; a lot of Finnish artists, and it is a discovery: it turns out that the Finns are not bad masters.
The names of the artists are often impossible to write or pronounce, and yet the works are excellent.
Here and there is a Russian trace, a common history: the portrait of the merchant Sinebryukhov’s wife, in the mansion of which there is also a museum with Aivazovsky canvases.
Finnish trace is in the hall, dedicated to the great epic Kalevala. You can listen to the chants of the ancient epic in headphones, read the lines, while the paintings are perceived as magic. There are also pagan figures in the hall.
Sculptures on historical themes on all two floors.
The 3rd floor is dedicated to exhibitions. It was most crowded there, you could draw in special classes from life. Animalistic paintings by the Wright family dynasty attracted Finns looking at every feather. A perfect prelude to spring!
The museum has panoramic windows that offer great views of the central square, the train station, and the Finnish National Theater.
The only place of service in the museum is the café. The checkroom is self-service, there is one attendant per huge hall. No one interferes with spending as much time in the museum as you like.
Ateneum Museum in Helsinki: collection, address and ticket prices
Ateneum (in Finnish Ateneumin taidemuseo) is one of the largest art museums in Finland. This is the main branch of the Finnish National Gallery. Located in the city center, has the most valuable collection of classical art in the country.
What to see in the Ateneum Museum in Helsinki
The Ateneum building, whose name goes back to the goddess Athena, was designed by Theodor Hoyer and built in 1887. The facade is decorated with reproductions and statues, which are full of symbolism.
On the 2nd floor above the main entrance are busts of classicists: the founder of Renaissance architecture Bramante Donato, the brilliant painter Raffaello Sanzio and the greatest sculptor of the ancient Greek period Phidias. The floor above, supported by caryatids, the pediment is associated with the four facets of art: music, painting, sculpture and architecture. The facade is topped by a collage of sculptures headed by the goddess of art. All the statues were made by Carl Sjöstrand.
The core of the exhibit consists of works by artists of the national school. It consists of collections:
- History of Finnish Art. The best works are presented here.
- Drawing and illustrations. It is the most complete collection of graphics in the country.
- Sculpture, painting. A record collection for Finland, including about 750 sculptures and 4300 paintings.
- Foreign art. About 650 diverse exhibits.
The most famous are paintings “Carrer en Auvers-sur-Oise” by Van Gogh (1890), “Burning of Dry Grass” by Eero Jarnefelt (1893), “Wounded Angel” by Hugo Simberg (1903), “Aino-taru” by Axeli-Waldemar Gallen-Kallela. There are works by Paul Gauguin, Anders Zorn, Ilya Repin, Paul Cézanne, Goya, Edvard Munch, Marc Chagall, Delacroix, Modigliani and Rodin. Curiously enough, the first works of the museum were 18 paintings donated to the Finnish Community of Artists by Tsar Nicholas II. Under the main exhibition is allotted the entire 3rd floor of the building.
Address and location on the map
Ateneum is located in the heart of the capital of Finland, 300 meters from the Gulf of Finland, on the opposite side from the Central Railway Station and the Suomen Kansallisteatteri Theater. The address of the institution is: 00100, Helsinki, Kaivokatu str. 2.
How to get there
The main road E12 connecting Helsinki with Tampere and Vaasa runs along Mannerheim av. 300 meters from the Ateneum. When driving a car, you should turn off at Kaivokatu street. Near the station there are several large parking lots.
In 10 minutes you can walk from the Market Square, where ferryboats arrive, to the museum building. It is necessary to move along the Esplanade Park and at the last crossroads turn north on the street Mikonkatu (Mikonkatu). It leads to the station square, where the Ateneum is located.
- By train: to the terminal station Helsinki Central Station;
- by bus (№17, 18N, 65A, 66A) and cab: to stop Rautatientori;
- streetcars (№2, 3, 5, 6, 9) to Rautatientori, Mikonkatu and Kaivokatu stops;
- By metro: Helsingin yliopisto and Rautatientori underground stations.
Regardless of the day of the week and holidays (except weekends), the museum opens its doors to visitors from 10 am. The longest opening hours are on Wednesday and Thursday. On these days the closing time is at 20:00. On Tuesday and Friday the cultural institution is open until 18:00, on Saturdays and Sundays – until 17:00. Monday is declared a weekend. The time in Helsinki and Moscow is the same.
On Christmas Eve and Christmas Day – from December 23 to 25 inclusive – the Atenium is closed to visitors. December 26 and New Year’s Eve is a short working day and closes at 17:00.
Cost of admission
The ticket price depends on the category:
- adult – €17;
- reduced price €15;
- For children under 18 years old – free of charge.
You can pay in any convenient way: by cards or in cash. The following cards are accepted: American Express, Mastercard Maestro, Mastercard, Diners Club, Visa and Visa Electron.
Preferential price applies to tourist groups of 10 people or more, artists, the elderly (over 65) and students. Belonging to one of these categories must be confirmed by an appropriate document.
In addition to children and adolescents, free admission to the collection is available to people with disabilities, Museum and Helsinki Card holders, members of the local club “Friends of the Ateneum”, representatives of the museum community ICOM.
If you plan to visit several branches of the Finnish National Gallery, it is better to buy a combined ticket. The combined ticket costs €34/€32 and €27/€23, depending on the number of museums.
The museum’s website ateneum.fi contains basic information for potential visitors. The resource is useful if you plan to travel to Helsinki during the holidays. In a special section there is an indication of the changed working schedule and the days off on local holidays.