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 2pm–6pm, and on Sundays 12noon–4pm. See below for group visits outside these hours.

Collection is closed:

1.1.
30.4.–1.5.
31.7.
7.8.
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

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.


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’ Saturdays) 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

Summer opening hours

Summer opening hours

Kirpilä Art Collection is open on Wed at 2 pm–6 pm and Sun at 12 pm–4 pm, even after the Midsummer (Juhannus) on Sun 23 June. Collection is exceptionally closed on Wed 31 July and Wed 7 August. We wish everyone a wonderful summer! Photo: Paavo...

Guided Tour in English

Guided Tour in English

Warmly welcome to a guided tour in English on Sun 16 June at 2.30 pm! Our guide Suvi Leukumaavaara tells about rheumatologist Juhani Kirpilä, the donator of the Kirpilä Art Collection, and the essential artworks in his collection. Free entrance. No pre-enrollment....

Story telling event

Story telling event

Warmly welcome to an afternoon of story sharing and chai at the exhibition "Waiting for the hidden gardens to draw us – closer" together with Taina Nathan and Uzair Amjad on Sun 26 May at 4 pm–6 pm at the Kirpilä Art Collection! Taina Nathan and Uzair Amjad will be...

Guided Tour in English

Guided Tour in English

Warmly welcome to a guided tour in English on Sun 19 May at 2.30 pm! Our guide Suvi Leukumaavaara tells about rheumatologist Juhani Kirpilä, the donator of the Kirpilä Art Collection, and the essential artworks in his collection. Free entrance. No pre-enrollment....

Collection closed on May Day

Collection closed on May Day

Kirpilä Art Collection is closed on Wed 1st May. After that, the collection is normally open again on Sun 5th May, warmly welcome! Happy May Day and sunny spring! Photo: Rauno...

”Of memories that aren’t really mine”

”Of memories that aren’t really mine”

The opening speech by journalist Aurora Lemma at the opening of "Waiting for the hidden garden to draw us - closer", on April 6, 2019. "I’m gonna tell you a story I wrote yesterday after visiting this exhibition. It might be a familiar one to you, or not. Yesterday,...

Guided Tours in English

Guided Tours in English

Our guide Suvi Leukumaavaara tells about Juhani Kirpilä, the donator of the art collection, and the essential artworks in his collection on Sundays 14 April, 19 May and 16 June at 2.30 pm. Warmly welcome! Free entrance. No pre-enrollment. Photo: Rauno...

Waiting for hidden gardens in the Kirpilä Collection in 2019

In Spring 2019, the Kirpilä Art Collection will exhibit its second contemporary art show ‘Waiting for the hidden gardens to draw us — closer’. Curated by Nayab Ikram and Ramina Habibollah, the exhibition navigates through the questions of multiple interpretations of...

Opening hours during the turn of the year

Opening hours during the turn of the year

Kirpilä Art Collection is open otherwise normally on Wednesdays from 4pm till 6pm and on Sundays from 12pm till 4pm during the turn of the year, but closed on Sunday 23rd December. Warmly welcome! Staff of the Kirpilä Art Collection wishes everybody Happy Holidays and...

Summer exhibition 2018 now on our site!

Summer exhibition 2018 now on our site!

Summer exhibition 2018 of the Kirpilä Art Collection can now be enjoyed on our web site. You can admire the artworks and read the information blurbs on them through this link: Summer exhibition 2018 Our exhibition ”Hidden Pictures – Double-Sided Canvases in the...