Hieronymus Francken II (1578−1623). Connoisseurs at a gallery. Collection O. W. Klinckowström. Photo: Finnish National Gallery / Yehia Eweis.

Guided tours

Discover new perspectives on old art, and learn more about the works! Join us on a guided tour or book a tour for your group at the Sinebrychoff Art Museum!

Free exhibition intros and guided tours

We provide weekly exhibition intros or guided tours of current exhibitions.

A free exhibition intro is an introduction to the themes and backgrounds of the exhibition. The intro ticket is included in your exhibition ticket. A guide will introduce you to the exhibition through a visual presentation. You can enjoy the introduction while sitting comfortably in the conference room in the White Cellar, and then explore the exhibition at your own pace. The guided tours of the exhibition take place in the exhibition spaces.

Below, the next upcoming free intros and guided tours . See all upcoming events on the calendar.

Book a guided tour

You can book a guided tour for your group covering the special exhibitions, house museum, or collections. A guide will be there just for you. The guide encourages you to make observations, provides information and tells stories, and discusses the questions and interpretations that art inspires in you.

  • Book your guided tour no later than one week before the desired date.
  • Languages: Finnish/simple Finnish, Swedish, English, German, French, and Russian
  • The coronavirus restrictions may affect group sizes.

Please note that guided tours of the house museum and the collections will resume on 27 November 2021.

See tour options below.

Enquiries and bookings

Finnish National Gallery service sales
tel.: 0294 500 500 (Mon–Fri, 10–14)

Collectors on tour

Art collections tell stories, not only about art but also about the ideals of its era. You can get close to the collector and get an inkling of the dreams, feelings, hopes and expectations they had when collecting art. On the guided tour, you are transported through time to Europe’s urban bustle and idyllic landscapes and moods.

Break away from everyday life and explore art treasures from the collections of Paul and Fanny Sinebrychoff, Otto Wilhelm Klinckowström, Hjalmar Linder, Herman Antell, and Ester and Jalo Sihtola, and hear the stories behind them.

Group size/guide: 1–15 people
Price: €95/guide
Duration: 60 min

Available from 1 August 2021 until 9 January 2022.

In the Christmas mood on Bulevardi

A beautiful Christmas tree is glowing at the house museum. There is a scent of cinnamon, cloves and saffron in the air. In this atmospheric setting, you can hear stories about how Christmas was celebrated in Helsinki’s wealthy families.

At Christmas, the tables were nicely set and overflowing with delicious food. You will be able to admire a Christmas table setting in the style of Paul and Fanny. Join us on a guided tour, and find your Christmas spirit among the art treasures!

Group size/guide: 1–15 people
Price: €95/guide
Duration: 60 min

Available from 27 November 2021 to 16 January 2022.

Visiting the Sinebrychoffs

Come and visit the neoclassical town house of the Sinebrychoff family! You can experience the life of the family in 19th-century Helsinki.

  • How did the art collecting begin, and how was the art collection expanded?
  • What was the life of the Sinebrychoffs like, its everyday and festive moments, next to the magnificent park, greenhouses and brewery?
  • How did the building become a house museum?

The Paul and Fanny Sinebrychoff house museum, comprising the four upstairs rooms facing Bulevardi, has been restored as close to the original as possible on the basis of photographs taken by the photographer Signe Brander in 1912. Paul and Fanny decorated their home in different styles, ranging from Dutch Baroque to classical Empire style. Join us on a journey through time to hear the story of Fanny and Paul!

Group size/guide: 1–15 people
Price: €95/guide
Duration: 60 min

Maalaus. Ruskea kaapuinen munkki lukee paperikääröä hämärässä.

Rembrandt and the other masters

Cranach, Rembrandt, Tiepolo, Bassano…

Explore the works of art of the old masters on a guide-led tour. Enjoy the mood of the works, hear stories about the backgrounds, and learn about the symbolism in the paintings.

The works being explored date from a period spanning the 14th century to the 1850s, encompassing almost the entire European cultural sphere.

Group size/guide: 1–15 people
Price: €95/guide
Duration: 60 min

Collection exhibition, second floor

“Get your tail wagging” guided tour for children at the house museum

Join us on a guided tour that will get your tail wagging! Now you can embark on an art adventure at the Paul and Fanny Sinebrychoff house museum. The guide helps you to find special animals and strange creatures in various objects. Hear the stories related to them, and come up with stories of your own!

Group size/guide: 1–15 people
Price: €95/guide
Duration: 45 min
Recommended age: 5–9 years

A maximum of five children per one adult can participate in this guided tour for children.

Maalaus tatuoidusta miehestä, jolla on yläkroppa paljas ja siihen uponneena kolme nuolta.

Jarmo Mäkilä: Matrix Hardcore

What is a museum within a museum like, reality within reality, when everything is not what it looks like?

The artist Jarmo Mäkilä, a lone wolf and pioneer of Finnish visual art, uses his works to create stories in the viewer’s mind. Details open up other worlds. Mäkilä’s recent works engage in an art-historical dialogue with the old art displayed at the museum, challenging you to participate!

A guided tour of the exhibition in the Red Cellar

Group size/guide: 1–15 people
Price: €95/guide
Duration: 60 min

Available from 9 December 2021 to 24 April 2022.