Not everybody knows that several museums across Finland have free entry on certain Fridays.

FINLAND’S collection of museums includes over a thousand venues – located all over the country – focussing on all kinds of topics: arts, history, technology, music and photography, among other things.

While planning a visit to a Finnish museum, one should keep this tip in mind: Friday is “happy hour” for museum lovers. In fact, several venues open their doors without admission fee, giving visitors an opportunity to enjoy a tour on the premises, completely without charge.

Kiasma Museum of Contemporary Art, probably Helsinki’s most popular arts centre, offers free admission on the first Friday of each month, from 17:00 to 20:30. In addition to its regular opening hours, the venue gives visitors more than three hours to glance at numerous Finnish and international contemporary artworks, all without spending a single euro.

The National Museum of Finland follows the same trend, giving museum goers two hours – with no admission fee – every Friday, from 16:00 to 18:00, to embark in a time-trip through the history of Finland, from prehistoric times to the present. Always in Helsinki, the Museum of Finnish Architecture (MFA) offers a free overview on the very best of Finnish architecture on the first Friday of every month.

Also Jyväskylä’s Taidemuseo, Oulu Museum of Art (OMA) and the Northern Ostrobothnia Museum (Pohjois-Pohjanmaan Museo in Finnish) welcome everyone for a free visit on Fridays. While the first two venues focus on arts, the third one puts emphasis on the city of Oulu, as well as the northern Ostrobothnia region.

Those visiting western Finland shouldn’t miss Turku Art Museum. Always on Fridays, people have the unique chance to spend three hours without tariff, starting from 16:00 inside the museum, already a monument in itself, designed by Professor Gustaf Nyström and completed in 1904. The Turku Art Museum’s collection is particularly famous for its old Finnish art, surrealism and pop art.

Since opening its doors in February 2007, Vaasa’s Kuntsi Museum of Modern Art, situated in a former customs warehouse in the Inner Harbour of the city, has made national and international exhibitions of modern and contemporary art a permanent feature of Vaasa’s artistic life. Every Friday, visitors can take a closer look at the Kuntsi Foudation’s art collection. With more than 900 works, it is one of the most important classic collections of contemporary art in Finland covering pop art, kinetic art and other genres like surrealism, new expressionism and postmodernism.

In addition, Vaasa also hosts the Ostrobothnian Museum, which currently operates as the city’s museum, and Terranova – Kvarken Nature Centre, which tells the incredible story of the natural environment of Kvarken and its land. This region has been intriguing particularly for researchers, for the fact that its land rises around 8 mm each year.

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Yannick Ilunga