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For teachers

Dear teacher/instructor! Looking for services for your group? Here you can find information on our guided tours, exercises for independent visits, and details on art workshops for deepening the exhibition experience.

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Welcome to Amos Rex!

P.S. We want to make Amos Rex a great place for school groups to visit, to create memorable experiences for pupils and support teachers in their work. We welcome all feedback – please send it to us via email at Thank you! <3


2 Apr–21 Aug 2022
Mariele Neudecker, Over and Over, Again and Again, 2004. Photo: David Lambert

Subterranean is an exhibition where you can move beneath the ground by visiting stories through, for example, paintings, sculptures, photographs and video pieces. The exhibition covers over 60 international artists, featuring over a hundred pieces somehow connected by the subterranean. Some are artists from the past who have described ancient myths or some great supernatural experience in their works. Others are contemporary artists exploring catacombs and the effects of treating the earth on our shared future.

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OBS! Some works may be challenging for children and adolescents, find more detailed descriptions here: Information about the exhibition and the artworks

Task bank

before the visit

Preparation for the teacher: Print this list, cut it into pieces and place the notes in a hat or bowl.

Mythical creature-notes

Shape your own mythical creature!

Each student picks 3 notes from the hat. The animals in the notes are combined by drawing for example elephant ears, human legs, a snake torso. Alternatively, you can also focus on just the head: fly eyes, lion ears, pig snout… If you’re quick, you can pick new notes and create more mythical creatures. Who is this new creature, and what would you like to say about it? Where does it live? Does it have magical powers?

before/after the visit

How much do we miss when we move through nature or a city without looking at what’s beneath our feet? Find artworks on the ground during a walk, for example when approaching or leaving the museum. The artwork can be: a finely-shaped stone, a uniquely cracked concrete tile, a plant that has decided to live in a peculiar place, a hole, someone’s trash (is someone else’s treasure) or perhaps a beetle. The works can be photographed, written down or collected as souvenirs.

P.S. The exhibition floor also has an artwork, which only the most observant can notice.

at the museum

Together/in pairs/independently select one artwork from each exhibition theme (4 works) and create a story between them. Come up with at least: main character, setting, situation and atmosphere. Write down your choices. You may include more or less than four works in the story. Finish the story after the visit and present it to others in words, and perhaps images.

at the museum 

The final part of the exhibition (Man-made) has works that deal with heavy subjects. The works address, for example, climate threats or violence, through human history and the artist’s personal experiences. Stop and face at least one of these works in silence. How do you feel, what thoughts does the work evoke? Can you set yourself in the artist’s shoes, do you know whether to laugh or cry? Or do you feel like escaping?

You do not need to express your thoughts or feelings to others, unless you want to. Difficult emotions are also allowed when facing art, and art museums try to provide a place to practice them. It can also be interesting and eye-opening to have discussions near an artwork that awakens difficult feelings. You may also share your thoughts on the works of the Man-made theme in pairs. The museum also has discussion guides, whom you can always approach.

Museum rules

The rules exist so that both the artworks and the visitors can enjoy the museum. The mission of art museums is to present valuable artworks to the delight of people in a way that ensures their survival for the future too!

  • No drinks, backpacks or large bags are allowed in the exhibition space.
    Even just a single spilled drop of fluid can ruin an artwork. Large bags and backpacks, on the other hand, can scratch the works if in contact with them by accident.
  • Please take photos, but without flash.
    The works are sensitive to light, and for example drawings and paintings fade in the light.
  • Works should not be touched unless otherwise mentioned. 
    They may be damaged or become dirty, or move away from their original position.
  • Please consider other groups during your visit. 
    If you are visiting without a guide, please make space for guided groups in the exhibition space.
  • The teacher is responsible for the group during the visit. 

Remember also

  • A few lockers have an outlet for charging cell phones.
  • Unfortunately, the museum does not have a separate space for eating snacks. If the weather permits, we recommend a snack break on the domes of the museum courtyard! There are also cafés next to the museum.

Group visits

In­tro­duc­tion to the ex­hi­bi­tion Sub­ter­ranean

What does Alice in Wonderland have in common with a trip by Metro? And where should one start to explore the exhibition, which comprises more than 100 works? This introduction is a short tour where the guide offers an overview to help you on your visit. You’ll hear about the background of the exhibition, get a summary of its themes, and delve more deeply into one of the works, after which the group can tour the exhibition independently.

Duration 20 minutes
Languages Finnish, Swedish, English (upon inquiry in Russian, French, German, Spanish, Japanese)
Group size up to 25 students / guide and 1 adult / 15 students
Price 30 € (only on weekdays)
Please note Amos Rex is closed on Tuesdays. The museum opens at 11 am.


Guided tour in the ex­hi­bi­tion Sub­ter­ranean

From romantic caves to the maze of the Minotaur, and from underground fantasy creatures to creepy catacombs. In this tour, our guide will take you on a journey to the Subterranean exhibition, where you will learn how artists have dealt with underground themes in works through the ages. We are also happy to tailor the tour according to the group’s wishes and interests!

Duration ca. 45 minutes
Languages Finnish, Swedish, English (upon inquiry in Russian, French, German, Spanish, Japanese)
Group size  up to 25 students / guide and 1 adult / 15 students
Price 50 € (only on weekdays)
Please note Amos Rex is closed on Tuesdays. The museum opens at 11 am.


In­de­pen­dent visit

Independent visits for school visitors are free until the upper secondary level. Please book your group visit in advance, so that we can serve you best onsite. If the museum is crowded, we prioritise pre-booked groups and cannot guarantee a visit to the exhibition.

Please make room with your group for possible guided tours in the exhibition space.

Group size maximum 25 students (1 adult per 15 children)
Price free
Please note Amos Rex is closed on Tuesdays. The museum opens at 11 am.



You can contact us about all group visits and bookings at:

tel. 09 6844 4633
Open Mon, Wed and Thu 1 pm – 4 pm

The Nest

7 May–4 September 2022 
The Nest by Tadashi Kawamata at Amos Rex in Helsinki

The Nest by Japanese artist Tadashi Kawamata is a sculptural art installation in which reclaimed materials surge over the roof of the Lasipalatsi building and soar up the courtyard chimney.

Recycled materials collected in partnership with Helsinki Metropolitan Area Reuse Centre (Kierrätyskeskus).

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Task bank

Tadashi Kawamata has sketched The Nest by drawing his idea straight onto an existing building image. Take pictures of buildings in the city, such as Lasipalatsi, or use ready images. Continue them with your own idea – with markers, paint or an image processing software.

Do you want to build a nest like Kawamata’s on the image, perhaps one that is inhabitable? Or perhaps you want to see more plants, neon signs or flying buses in the cityscape? Go wild with ideas and, finally, consider: Would it be possible to make the work come true? How?

Picture related to the task:

Tadashi Kawamata, Sketch of The Nest, 2021. Photo Mika Huisman / Amos Rex