Welcome to the Kirpilä Art Collection!

The Kirpilä Art Collection is an art museum located in a residential building in Töölö, in central Helsinki. It is open to the public free of charge on Wednesdays 2 pm–6 pm, and on Sundays 12 pm–4 pm. See below for group visits outside these hours.

Collection is closed:

1.1.
30.4.–1.5.
23.–25.12.
31.12.

Address: Pohjoinen Hesperiankatu 7, 00260 Helsinki

6th floor
tel. +358 50 351 4337
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Guided tours for groups

N.B.! For the time being, no guided tours arranged. For further information: Instructions for the visit.

The Kirpilä Art Collection is open to groups also by appointment outside of its ordinary opening hours (Wed 2 pm–6 pm and Sun 12 pm–4 pm). Group visits comprise a guided tour lasting around 60 minutes. One tour group can have a maximum of 20 participants. For larger groups we can provide two tour guides, which doubles the price of the visit. The minimum group size for the museum to open outside of its ordinary opening hours is around 8 visitors.

Groups can arrive to the Kirpilä Art Collection 10 min before the guided tour starts.


Tour prices

Monday to Friday
EUR 60 (in Finnish or Swedish)
EUR 70 (in English)

Saturday and Sunday
EUR 75 (in Finnish or Swedish)
EUR 80 (in English)


Besides ordinary tours, we also offer queer tours, where the collection is viewed from an unconventional, non-heteronormative perspective.

Tour bookings can be cancelled up to one week before the date, except for Saturday or Sunday tours, which must be cancelled by the Friday of the preceding week. The full price of the tour will be charged for later cancellations.

To cancel a tour booking, email us.

We also offer tours for children and tours in plain-language Finnish.

The museum is not available for event bookings.

Group enquiries and bookings:
mail or +358 50 351 4337


Activities

The museum arranges concerts, children’s events (Kids’ Sundays) and diverse themed tours. Queer tours, among others, are available in English. Admission is free to all of the museum’s own events. For more information, see our event calendar (in Finnish).


Publications

So far, the Kirpilä Art Collection’s publication series comprises five works.

The bilingual (Finnish and English) collection catalogue A Home for Art – The Juhani Kirpilä Art Collection (2017) is a visually inspiring collection of articles based on new research, in which esteemed Finnish art historians open novel perspectives on the works in the collection. The articles provide an in-depth and diverse view of the collector as a person and of the societal aspects of art collecting in Finland.

The core of the collection of more than five hundred works of Finnish art is formed by paintings, within which Juhani Kirpilä was particularly drawn to bold colours, portraiture, landscapes and nudes. The collection’s visionary cross-cut of Finnish painting during a period of over one hundred years was based on the collector’s personal tastes.

The anthology was edited by the Director of the Kirpilä Art Collection, Johanna Ruohonen, PhD, and its contributors include Senior Curator Anna-Maria von Bonsdorff, PhD, Curator Pia Hyttinen,MA, Professor Hanna Johansson, Adjunct Professor Kristina Linnovaara, Professor Ville Lukkarinen, Professor Tutta Palin and Adjunct Professor Juha-Heikki Tihinen.

A Home for Art can be bought via the Finnish Literature Society and from the Kirpilä Art Collection during its opening hours. The price when purchased at the museum is EUR 35.

Latest News

The Kirpilä Art Collection will open to the public on 3 June!

The Kirpilä Art Collection will open to the public on 3 June!

The Art Collection will be happy to reopen its doors at 2 pm on Wednesday 3 June, and warmly welcomes visitors. We have taken measures to ensure the safety of our visitors and staff due to the coronavirus pandemic, and this includes restarting our operations on a...

Collection closed March 16–May 5

Collection closed March 16–May 5

Kirpilä Art Collection is closed March 16–May 5 2020 due to exhibition construction. We’ll open for the public again on Wed 6 May at 2 pm. Warmly welcome! Available from early May, reconstruction of our Drawing Room like it was in the mid...

Opening hours during the turn of the year

Opening hours during the turn of the year

Kirpilä Art Collection is closed on Wednesday 25 December and Wednesday 1 January. Otherwise, we are open normally on Wednesdays at 2 pm–6 pm and Sundays 12 pm–4 pm. Warmly welcome! We wish everyone a Lovely Holiday Season and a Happy New Year 2020! Photo: Rauno...

New display in the collection

New display in the collection

Our contemporary art exhibition "Waiting for the hidden garden to draw us — closer" ended last week, after which we displayed refreshing and fascinating artworks from the storage. Warmly welcome to take a look at the revised display on Wednesdays at 2 pm–6 pm and on...

Exhibition finissage with the artists

Exhibition finissage with the artists

Welcome to the exhibition finissage at the Kirpilä Art Collection on August 18th during which there is a guided tour in Finnish at 12.30 pm, artist talks in English at 1.00 pm, and a performance by Polat Ghasemloo at 2.00 pm. 🦋🌹 Waiting for the hidden gardens to draw...

Collection is closed on Wed 7 August

Collection is closed on Wed 7 August

Kirpilä Art Collection is closed this Wed 7 August due to renovations in the building. We'll be open again this Sun 11 August at 12 pm–4 pm. Warmly welcome! Photo: Rauno...

Guided Queer Tour in English

Guided Queer Tour in English

This Sun 4 August at 2.30 pm our guide Karoliina Arola leads through the collection with a queer look at the artworks. Warmly welcome! Free entry. No pre-enrollment. Photo: Rauno...