Kiasma Museum of Contemporary Art (c) by dalbera
Helsinki’s modern art museum is architecturally one of the most interesting buildings in Helsinki and can be found right in the center near the Helsinki Central Railway Station. More than three million people visited Kiasma in 2011, and it’s one of the must see places for anyone interested in art and culture.
Kiasma opened in 1998. The building was designed by the renowned architect Steven Holl. The name of the museum is derived from the word chiasm and alludes to the intersections of optic nerves. Kiasma is designed with an open-flow concept. This allows guests to travel from exhibit to exhibit as the mood strikes.
Because of the nature of modern art, all of Kiasma’s exhibits are temporary. This guarantees visitors a different experience each time they visit the museum. Exhibitions scheduled for 2012 include Thank You for the Music, The Murder of Crows and Camouflage. Each exhibition will be at Kiasma for at least three months.
Guided tours last approximately one hour and are available at different times throughout the month depending on the desired language. Finnish tours are held on Wednesdays and Fridays at 6:00 p.m. and on Sundays at 3:00 p.m. Tours on the first Sunday of each month are offered in Swedish at 1:00 p.m. and English at 2:00 p.m.
In addition to viewing Kiasma’s artwork, visitors can watch performance art at the Kiasma Theatre. Guests who want a truly immersive experience can book an escort package that includes the opportunity to view the performance piece with a professional artist and a ticket for a complimentary beverage from the Kiasma Café.
Additional museum services include a gift shop, hands-on workshops and a research library. Post cards, art books, gifts and posters are a few items for sale at Kiasma Store, located in the lobby of the museum. Guests planning to explore the Kiasma Research Library should make an appointment prior to visiting.
Mon closed, Tue 10–17,
Wed–Thu 10–20.30, Fri 10–22,
Sat 10–18, Sun 10–17
Under 18 year-olds free.
Free admission on the first Friday of the month 5 pm–10 pm.
Kiasma on the map