​Children's Town

The new Helsinki City Museum includes a Children's Town. For once a museum where you can actually touch everything! The oldest house in downtown Helsinki reveals stories from the historical capital by inviting to play and have fun : jump on a horse carriage or steer a ship in 18th century surroundings. Grandma's House invites in to study everyday items from the 1970s and watch favourite tv shows of the time. During the weekends, a museum grandpa or grandma will welcome visitors. The theatre space has hand puppets and fun costumes to play with.

Entrance to the City Museum is always free and it is open daily. Hang out in the lobby, do some shopping in the museum store or view one exhibition at a time. The summer months have plenty of programme for the youngest visitors. The self-directed craft workshops are free of charge and there is always a chance to make something with your hands when the museum is open. In July, we illustrate children's ideas about Helsinki, and in August we build figures out of conifer cones.

Baby carriages can be left in the decked inner courtyard, with access through a gate at Aleksanterinkatu 16. You can then enter the museum directly from the main doors. There is also space to move around inside with a carriage, and an elevator stops at every floor. You can find an indoor picnic spot downstairs, equipped with a microwave to heat up food. The building block has also several restaurants and cafés to enjoy, e.g. El Fant which you can enter directly from the museum shop.

Helsinki City Museum
Aleksanterinkatu 16​ Photo: Helsinki City Museum