Welcome to Amos Rex! This page is for children and those visiting the museum with a child. Read it, perhaps together, before your visit!

Meet Ou. Ou likes children, for they often understand it better than grown-ups. You see, it is sometimes difficult for Ou to control its feelings, not to mention energy.

At the museum

Arrival

The museum’s main entrance is in the Lasipalatsi (glass palace), on the Mannerheimintie side. An accessible entrance is located on Lasipalatsi Square’s side of the building.

Everyone under 18 years of age gets free admission; you will get an admission sticker at the ticket counter. Ticket counters are at the museum’s main entrance and in the museum gift shop, which is closer to the accessible door and elevators.

Space for keeping some baby carriages can be found at the end of the storage lockers in the cloakroom. Baby carriages can, however, be taken into the exhibitions. Strollers can also be borrowed, if needed, at the cloakroom.
A childcare station is available next to the cloakroom.
Breast-feeding is allowed anywhere in the museum.
Ear protectors for children can also be borrowed at the cloakroom.

A museum’s main task is to care for the artworks so that they can be preserved intact forever. Museums also have rules, which must be obeyed so that everyone’s visit can be as pleasant as possible.

Important things to remember throughout your visit:

  • The artworks must not be touched, not even by a little tap of the finger, unless it is clearly stated otherwise. This is because they could be damaged, dirtied or corroded. Did you know that the natural grease on our fingertips can, for instance, leave a mark on a hard bronze sculpture that can never be cleaned off? Even if nothing at first can be perceived with the naked eye.
  • A good distance must be kept between yourself and the artworks, even if you would like to get a close look. Just think, even someone stumbling or sneezing could harm an artwork. It’s good to keep a distance to avoid any accidents.
  • Visitors must walk through the museum calmly. You can be excited, but must not run. That’s because if you ran, you could trip and fall, and thereby damage irreplaceable cultural treasures.
  • You certainly don’t need to be silent in the museum. Discuss the art, debate, share your opinions! But we ask that you take the other visitors into consideration, so that everyone has a pleasant museum visit.
  • Emotions are allowed in the museum. If you feel like laughing, laugh, and if you feel like crying, that’s OK too.

And finally:

You must obey any instructions given by the museum staff. They are really nice people, and there’s no need to be shy of them. You can ask the museum staff all kinds of things, they know the museum inside out. On hand are also special guides whose job is to discuss with you – about the art or something else entirely. You will recognize the museum staff by their lavender coloured jackets!

Photo: Niclas Warius / Amos Rex

I feel, for now
27 March –8 Sept 2024

We feel art in ways that we ourselves don’t always really understand or know how to put into words. I feel, for now is an art exhibition of works from the museum’s own collection. Different museums form collections in different ways. Amos Rex’s collection has been built up largely in response to the feelings caused by the artworks – and there are more than 6000 of them!

What kind of collection would you put together – or perhaps you are already collecting?

I feel, for now is the title of the exhibition and also of one of the artworks in it. Can you find it? We recommend paying attention to the titles of the works, since titles are often like works of art in themselves (like for example The Failed Focus of the Northern Sausage Philosopher and Evil Bun Avenger). This large collection exhibition shows works by more than 70 artists, from the 1960s to the present. The most recent is Spirit Systems of Soft Knowing ༊*·° by the Keiken artist collective, which you can also try out yourself.

The exhibition’s curators – the people who selected the works in it – are Katariina Timonen, Kai Kartio, Kaj Martin and Krista Mamia.

I feel, for now

Send your regards to Ou!

Have you made your own sightings of Ou in the museum? A tip: at least one place that Ou can almost certainly be found is in the museum’s cloakroom, where Ou has built a nest.

Tell us about your findings!

Studio Rex

Josefina Nelimarkka, The Cloud of Un/Knowing. Photo: Niclas Warius / Amos Rex

Josefina Nelimarkka: The Cloud of Un/knowing
27 March – 8 Sept 2024

In summer 2024, the museum’s art workshop space will host Josefina Nelimarkka’s (b. 1982) The Cloud of Un/knowing, which lifts our gaze high. Nelimarkka studies clouds and their nature as part of the Earth’s water cycle. The exhibition shows artworks that change in an instant and technology driven by climate data – the artworks react to the weather outside!

When you leave the museum, turn your gaze to the sky. Imagine it is a painting (you can make an instant frame for it with your fingers). What title would you give the painting?

The curator of the exhibition is Anastasia Isakova.

I feel, for now

Ou's tour

Follow Ou on kids’ own guided art tours.