Helsinki Art Galleries, Museums, Supplies & More

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Today we will be sharing everything we know about art in Helsinki. Galleries, museums, supplies, schools, shows, events and more will be discussed as this post moves along.

We hope that this will be a one stop shop that has all the information one would need on the topic at hand. We will begin by diving into the best Helsinki Art Galleries and Museums where you can see some of the finest exhibitions and collections that Finland has to offer.

They are only the beginning because we have many other things to mention like the best art stores in town where you can pick up new materials or supplies. And of course the best shows and events that are held throughout the year can’t be forgotten.

When the weather is nice take an art walking tour or just stroll around and see some of the most unique statues and sculptures near you. Those who are trying to improve their skills could think about taking group classes or private lessons at one of the better art schools in Helsinki.

There are some art studios for rent if you are ready to get things moving on your next project. Plus we will be covering dealers, appraisers, and framing services.

Those who are interested can look through more of our posts on art around Europe at that link.

Best Art Galleries & Museums In Helsinki

If you want to visit the best art galleries and museums in Helsinki you can go to:

The Ateneum Art Museum is the largest art museum in Finland and they have the biggest collection of paintings and sculptures in the country. Children 17 and under are free to enter and check out the more than 20,000 works of art they have on display.

They also lend out hundreds of pieces to different exhibitions each year. You can even try out their Saturday workshops for adults and kids.

Around 3,500 of the 9,000 works at The Helsinki Art Museum are found in public spaces like Tennis Palace and others. This makes it an almost city-wide art museum and you have probably seen some of their sculptures around town without even knowing it.

On Saturdays they have guided tours plus they do art workshops for schools. There are numerous paintings, drawings, prints, and sculptures in the collection at The Sinebrychoff Art Museum.

If you are not aware this is a creative house museum of Paul and Fanny Sinebrychoff that is free for all to enter. At Museum of Contemporary Art Kiasma they like to showcase the very latest in artistic productions.

On top of their exhibitions they also host events like the URB Festival as well as performances. Additionally they have both public and private workshops for kids or adults.

At Didrichsen Art Museum they have 3 different exhibitions every year. Some of their collection comes from local Finnish artists, while other exhibitions feature international works from Asia and Latin America.

Be sure to walk around the beautiful public sculpture park on the outside grounds which are always open. And if you are really into the sculptures head there at 1pm on a Sunday when they give guided tours of the park.

There are more than 7,000 items at The Amos Rex making it one of the largest private collections in Finland. In addition to paintings, sculptures, drawings and photos they also have antique furniture and other old items on display.

If you take one of their workshops for all ages you will also get a guided tour.

Materials & Supplies Near You

There are quite a few stores in this city to buy art supplies and materials like:

Getting all the products an art student could ever need is the main goal of Snow White who also offers high-quality wedge frames. At Giotto you can search for the highest quality Italian art supplies available on the market.

They can provide full service framing and rent out gallery space for those who want to hold courses or workshops.

Shows & Events

Some of the best art shows and events held in your area are:

The URB Festival is a great way to enjoy wonderful street art and culture that is presented by the Kiasma Theater. The event spans from the museum to the theater to different urban areas every June.

There will be a variety of demos, workshops, lectures, and works on display from both local and international artists. The five day Lux Helsinki Festival spreads across the downtown area every January.

You can enter the festival for free and can expect to find all kinds of creative things like video projections, building illuminations, live music, kinetic light artworks and more. Then in August you have the Helsinki Festival which is the biggest multi-arts festival in Finland.

You can see visual arts, theatre, concerts, programs for kids and even a circus. If you can try to visit on the Night of the Arts which is the biggest night of the event.

The Flow Festival is one of the leading music and boutique art festivals on the continent. The Suvilahti power plant is where you can find live music, works on display, and some great international cuisine.

Art Dealers & Appraisers

There are some quality art dealers and appraisers in the area if you feel like buying or selling a piece:

In addition to selling high quality art and graphics Transdeco also organizes exhibitions of local and international artists with some of the top galleries in the region. They also publish graphics, etchings, lithographs and serigraphs by a few very good contemporary artists.

Walking Tours

If you are reading this on a sunny day why not go on an art walking tour at:

The Pasila Street Arts District is loaded with great artworks including many colorful murals. There are street art walking tours up and down it in the warmer months of the year.

The Helsinki Art Walk is a guided tour put on some of the galleries in the area. The tour takes place on various Sundays throughout the year and is free for all.

There are roughly 3,500 works of public art spread throughout the city. Tennis Palace is a great starting point, but there are nearly 500 sculptures and statues spread across this great city.

Sculptures & Statues

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You can also find some really cool sculptures and statues around town like:

  • Love Helsinki Sculpture at Baana
  • Kolme Seppää at Aleksanterinkatu
  • Ilmarinen & Väinämöinen at 3 Kluuvi
  • Sibelius Monumentti at Sibeliuksen puisto
  • Esirippu Ida Aalbergin Muistomerkki at Bergbominkuja
  • Goodbye/Au Revoir at Merikatu 23

The Love Helsinki Sculpture was created by Janne Siltanen and found its home at Mechelininkatu 1 in 2012. Felix Nylund was the creator of Kolme seppää which you can find in front of the Old Student House.

All the way back in the late 1800’s Robert Stigell created Ilmarinen and Väinämöinen. Sibelius Monumentti is part of the collection of the Helsinki Art Museum and it is one of the bigger tourist attractions near you.

Raimo Utriainen created Esirippu Ida Aalbergin Muistomerkki in the early 1970’s and it is thought to be the first Finnish abstract memorial of a person to be realized. You can find Goodbye/Au Revoir at Villa Ensi.

Don’t forget about the great sculpture park at Didrichsen Art Museum.

Helsinki Art Classes

We are all at different levels and sometimes a lesson or two can give us the boost that we need. Some of the best Helsinki art schools and classes can be found at:

Academy of Fine Arts is a branch of UNIARTS Helsinki. They have four specialty programs available which are painting, printmaking, sculpture, and space arts. You can find programs for undergraduates to a doctoral in fine art.

At Taidekoulu Alfa they have every day painting groups or longer term training of visual artists. Plus you can try their drawing and painting classes for children, and their classes are throughout the day, in the evening, and they have summer classes.

At Hera Helsinki Atelier they provide technology courses and studio work for visual artists. Their specialty is visual arts but they also have more basic courses for painting, drawing, and digital drawing.

At Teho Opisto you can take training and coaching courses in a variety of creative industries like art, design, and architecture.

Studios For Rent Near You

You can rent art studio space at:

Sinebrychoff Art Museum from our main list also rents out studio space.

Framing

A frame can take a normal looking picture a long way, and some of the best places for art framing in Helsinki are:

In addition to a large selection of ready-made frames you can also find a variety of changing seasonal products at Seven Art. Some of their services include custom framing, stretched canvas print, posters, exchange frames, and other decorations.

If you are trying to find a professional framer of fine art, photos, maps or posters head to Inter Art. In addition they manufacture custom mirrors, sell all kinds of posters, and can help with transport and installation of things you get framed.

At Frimodig-Kehys they specialize in framing paintings but can also work with mirrors, photos, or probably anything you want framed. For more than 40 years Kehystämö Kaken Kehys has been a great place to go for custom framing, restorations of paintings, or rail and board installations.

Snow White and Giotto from our supplies list also do framing. We have also discussed the local art scene in:

Have Fun Enjoying The Helsinki Art Scene

We did our best to cover the full art scene near you to the best of our abilities. We listed the best Finland galleries, museums, events, shows, supply stores, dealers, appraisers, walking tours, sculptures, classes, studios, and framers in the area.

If you made it all the way to the end then you probably love art as much as we do. You can let us know about any of your own tips and tricks in the comments at the end of the post, or please also let us know if we got anything wrong or if anything we posted has become dated.

Have fun going to the galleries, museums, buying supplies or doing anything that has to do with art in Helsinki!

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