The Ateneum is Finland’s best-known art museum and the home of Finnish art. The beloved works in Ateneum’s collections date from the period from the 19th century to the modern age. The hugely popular exhibitions of Finnish and international art open up new perspectives into the past and the future.
The Stories of Finnish Art exhibition celebrates the Ateneum collections. The exhibition guides visitors through the development of Finnish art, from 1809 up until the 1970s. On display, side by side, are Finnish and international masterpieces from Ateneum’s collections, such as Hugo Simberg’s Wounded Angel (1903), Le Corbusier’s Two Women (1939), Eero Järnefelt’s Under the Yoke (Burning the Brushwood) (1893) and Edvard Munch’s Bathing Men (1907–08).
The collections of the Finnish Art Society, which was founded in 1846, form the basis for the Ateneum operations. Today, these collections are part of Finland’s national heritage. The Ateneum has operated from its own building since 1888. Over the years, the building has seen celebrities from the past and present: up until the 1980s, the building housed an industrial arts school (currently the Aalto University School of Arts, Design and Architecture) and the Drawing School of the Finnish Art Society (currently the Academy of Fine Arts, the University of the Arts Helsinki).
The Ateneum is home to events of all kinds: the museum organises regular workshops, lectures, guided tours and clubs. The Ateneum is part of the Finnish National Gallery, together with the Museum of Contemporary Art Kiasma and Sinebrychoff Art Museum.
Rediscover your favourite works of art and fall in love with new ones. Our doors are open to you in the heart of Helsinki. Welcome!