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Guided tours and experiences

On a tour, you get more out of an exhibition. The booked or open tours led by expert guides deepen your visit to the museum, entertain and evoke thoughts. We also offer free audio tours of the exhibitions.

You can explore the museum at your own pace, join a free guided tour open to all visitors, or pre-book a guided tour for a fee. In addition, you can borrow an audio guide to take you on a tour around the museum.

The open guided tours

The open guided tours are intended for people visiting the museum, either alone or in a small group of no more than five. Public guided tours are included in the entry. Guided tours open to the public are held regularly for the National Museum’s exhibitions. The open tours are included in the price of the ticket.

Open guided tours in English 1.6.-31.8.2022

Fri 1 pm The Story of Finland
Sun 26.6., 24.7., 28.8., 2 pm Exploring the Ancient Near East

Pre-booked tours

Pre-booked tours are organised for a fee for individuals or groups with an advance reservation. A single tour is for 1–20 people, so if your group is bigger than this you will need to book two tours. Please book your tour at least a week in advance, two weeks if your group is large, so that we will have time to make the necessary arrangements.

Select the tour of your choice from our tour selection here.

You can book a tour by calling our tour services at +358 (0)29 533 6902. The tour services phone service is available from Tuesday to Friday, 9 am – 12 noon. Outside these hours, you can enquire about availability with an email skm.opastusvaraukset@kansallismuseo.fi

Tower tour
Visiting the tower of the National Museum is a unique experience! The tower is usually closed to the public, but now you can book your own tour and climb all of the 174 steps up to the tower landing, from where you can see the scenery above the roofs of Helsinki.

Architectural tour and coffee or bubbly in the Summer Yard
Book a tour exploring the unique architecture and closed courtyards of the National Museum for your family, friends, team or yourself! The tour concludes in our beautiful summer yard, where you will be served coffee or bubbly under the apple tress. If you wish, you can also climb the National Museum’s tower.

Birthday parties at the National Museum of Finland
Invite your friends along and have a fun birthday party at the museum!

Guided tours for pupil or student groups

New perspectives for learning, from early childhood education to higher education! The unique environment and items of the National Museum support cultural dialogue and the development of multiliteracy, and they also work as inspiration for phenomenon-based learning. In addition to history classes, you can also use the museum services for teaching social subjects or sciences and art.

Free audio tours of the exhibitions

The National Museum of Finland offers audio tours of all three of its permanent exhibitions. There is also an additional tour available about the history, frescoes and architecture of the museum building. Borrow an audio guide device from the museum or listen to the stories on your smartphone with your own headphones.