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Helsinki: All you want to know about cultural side of Finnish Capital

Helsinki: All you want to know about cultural side of Finnish Capital
02.12.2019

Helsinki: All you want to know about cultural side of Finnish Capital

Culture is always a worthy pursuit, and in Helsinki it is easy to find. From one day and weekend to the next the city’s cultural venues host performances by breathtaking sopranos, charming accordion players, magical conductors, fascinating video artists, hard rocking bands and passionate folk musicians.
You can begin your cultural tour with the big venues and names and end with the smaller ones, or vice versa.

Museums and exhibitions

Helsinki has over 80 museums to choose from, but please remember that most museums are closed on Mondays. Many museums have charming cafés and gift shops that are worth a visit in themselves. If you have purchased the Helsinki Card, admission to most museums is free of charge.

MAIN MUSEUMS

  • Helsinki City Museum
  • Museum of Cultures
  • At the National Museum of Finland
Main Helsinki City exhibitions:  
  • Museum of Finnish Architecture
  • Military Museum
  • Theatre Museum
  • Finnish Museum of Photography
  • Natural History Museum
  • Sports Museum of Finland

The exhibitions at the Museum of Contemporary Art Kiasma are always surprising, and the impressive building is a joy to stroll through while enjoying the art. Ateneum Art Museum is the perfect accompaniment to Kiasma; at the dignified national gallery you can discover the most famous works of Finnish national romantic art.

As evening approaches you should consider taking in a live performance. The brand new Helsinki Music Centre offers a comprehensive programe for all music lovers, from grandiose concerts to intimate clubs. And if you still have an appetite for culture, there are plenty of late night venues to choose from.

Korjaamo Culture Factory is situated in a converted tram depot and prides itself in offering new experiences in the form of theatre, music or something completely cross-cultural. Kaapelitehdas, the former cable factory, is also packed with high-quality culture, from museums and events to dance theatres and art workshops.

If you still have energy at the end of the evening, make your way to the district of Kallio. You will find lots of energetic live gigs to keep you going till the early hours of the morning. When you finally catch a little sleep, you can continue your cultural feast first thing in the morning by touring Helsinki’s art galleries.

Other cultural activities

The line up of events is particularly impressive towards the end of summer. As the nights gradually get darker in autumn, and the locals return from their country-side retreats, Helsinki truly comes to life. Restaurants and cafés are filled with music and theatre. You might come across light installations in markets, performances in streets and environmental art in parks. Each year the star-shaped Huvila tent is erected to host top names in world music alongside top Finnish pop and rock stars. People gather on the lawns around the tent to listen to different kinds of music each night.

In addition to big festivals, Helsinki also has lots of small, fun and plain strange happenings to offer. For example, in the Tori Quarter you can discover a wide range of cultural events, such as children’s theatre performances, lunchtime concerts and art installations. Local residents also know how to celebrate their own unique culture, for example at the annual Herring Market in the Market Square.

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