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Svenska Teatern

Svenska Teatern

The country's national Swedish-language theatre occupies an iconic, off-white building on the main drag of Mannerheimintie. They put on regular performances of original Swedish plays as well as international hit shows in translation.... Read More

Sinebrychoff Art Museum

Sinebrychoff Art Museum

This darling museum holds an unrivalled (well, for Finland) collection of some seven hundred 16th- and 17th-century Swedish, Dutch and Flemish paintings, along with mint-condition furniture, miniatures, porcelain and objets d'art. The... Read More

Opera House

Opera House

The Lego-like white-tiled facade of this building leads to a sunlight-flooded interior (when there is sunlight, that is) that is enlivened by displays of colourful costumes. The real reason to come is the ballet and opera performances... Read More

National Theatre

National Theatre

This handsome granite Jugendstil building has been the home of Finnish drama since 1872 after its relocation from Turku. The impoverished and verifiably insane playwright Aleksis Kivi (1834-1872) led a renaissance in Finnish-language... Read More

Museum of Finnish Architecture

Museum of Finnish Architecture

Though definitely meant for the serious fan and professional, this small museum and archive does have frequently rotating exhibitions. Additionally, they can organise architectural tours of the city and environs. It's set in a... Read More

Korjaamo

Korjaamo

Once the city's tram depot, this cultural centre now puts on a range of outstanding (and often sold-out) concerts and theatrical events throughout the year. Music showcased can range from pop and indie rock to electronica and... Read More

Kiasma

Kiasma

This striking, modern building calls to mind Frank Gehry's Guggenheim in Bilbao thanks to its forbidding, steel-clad and tube-like exterior. Inside, sweeping curves and well-lit hallways lead to regularly changing contemporary art... Read More

Kapsäkki Music Theatre

Kapsäkki Music Theatre

Originally a movie theatre and showcasing some fetching Finnish architecture from the 1950s, this theatrical space seats nearly 250 and is home to the Kapsäkki musical theatre troupe. They regularly put on many live cabaret-style... Read More

Helsinki Music Center

Helsinki Music Center

This recently unveiled €190-million glass concert hall is now the premiere venue for Finland's top orchestras. There are frequent concerts by symphonies, smaller jazz ensembles and every type of group in between. Uniquely, the concert... Read More

Helsinki Casino

Helsinki Casino

Finland's largest casino (and the only one in the capital) has some 30 table-games spanning poker, roulette, blackjack and other card games, as well as nearly 300 slot machines. If you get bored with those, however, you could always... Read More

Helsinki Art Museum

Helsinki Art Museum

One of Scandinavia's largest art museums, this engaging spot is dedicated to new trends in visual culture. The museum's core collection comprises some 8,800 works - primarily 20th- and 21st-century Finnish art - and the museum organises... Read More

Design Museum

Design Museum

Finland has long been an unstoppable force in modern design thanks to out-of-the-box names such as Aalto, Sarpaneva and Marimekko. This museum celebrates the role Finland has played in furniture, glassware and ceramic design, showcasing... Read More

The Cable Factory

The Cable Factory

The largest independent cultural center in Europe is this enormous industrial complex, holding eight art galleries and numerous arts-and-crafts shops, and hosting a revolving schedule of concerts and theatrical performances. Attractions... Read More

Ateneum Art Museum

Ateneum Art Museum

This elephantine collection is effectively Finland’s National Gallery, holding the largest collection of Finnish paintings - most notably a stirring selection of works from Finland's so-called Golden Age. Don't miss the canvases of... Read More

Amos Anderson Art Museum

Amos Anderson Art Museum

Founded by a prominent publisher, this quirky museum puts on rotating exhibitions on 20th-century Finnish art and graphic design and also showcases earlier works from in Anderson's personal collection. Gander at the stark, evocative... Read More


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