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.
Subterranean is an art exhibition featuring more than 60 artists. Some of them lived more than 200 years ago, but most are still active. However, they are all united by an interest in the underground world!
Some of the artists are fascinated by geology, which means the study of rocks and soil, as well as caves and volcanoes. Others are drawn to myths and tales that take place underground. Have you heard of the Minotaur, who had a bull’s head and a human body? The ancient Greeks believed that this creature lived in a subterranean labyrinth. There are also many fairy tales set underground, like Alice in Wonderland. Anything can happen there! Are you familiar with Alice, or do you know other fairy tales that take place underground?
Humans use the earth for many different purposes, both in fairy tales and in reality. Amos Rex Museum, for example, is built underground. But we also use the earth too much, which causes problems. Some artists reflect on issues like climate change in their art. Sometimes art is sad, but you don’t have to be scared by it. Art evokes emotions, and the museum is a place to laugh and cry – and everything in between!
Please note these content remarks for your visit
There are two artworks in the last section of the exhibition which we do not recommend for children. They are marked orange in the enclosed map.
- Gustav Metzger, Historic Photographs: To Crawl Into – Anschluss, Vienna, March 1938, 1996/2022.
This artwork is an installation that includes a photograph dealing with antisemitism, that is, hatred and prejudice against Jews. The photograph is a historical image depicting the German persecution of Jews. The picture shows the Nazis forcing Jewish people to wash the street on their hands and knees in a way that violates human dignity.
The photograph in the installation is large and placed on the floor under a heavy yellow fabric. The work is experienced by going or peeking in under the cloth and it can be easily bypassed.
- Peter Johansson, The Home, 2019.
The artwork addresses physical and psychological violence towards children. No children appear in the artwork. The artwork consists of big wooden cubes that contain views into different kinds of rooms. The content of the artwork is visible only through small round peepholes placed in the walls of the cubes. You can pass the wooden cubes without seeing the content.
Read more detailed content notions and descriptions of the artworks: Exhibition specific content remarks
This is a guidebook for your journey through the Subterranean group exhibition. It contains an introduction to the exhibition, in-depth descriptions of its themes, a list of artists as well as a floor plan to help you navigate the space. The brochure has been illustrated by Ulla Donner.
There are brochures in Finnish, Swedish and English. You’ll find it also at the museum for free.
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.
But who do you think lives in the nest, and what does the tenant look like? What does it eat (perhaps breadcrumbs or chairs…)? What else is it up to?
You can draw the being or write down its menu of the day.
Feel free to share with #amosrex. You can also send your drawings or writings to Ou at firstname.lastname@example.org.
We apologise for any construction noise during your visit
Please take notice:
If you visit Amos Rex this spring and summer, you might hear a loud explosion from our neighbouring construction site
Across the Lasipalatsi square and underground next to Amos Rex, lies a construction site for a new culture and event venue Kulttuurikasarmi, opening in 2023. At this moment, they are conducting 2–3 explosions daily during the weekdays. From the detonations a loud and sudden sound of 90–100dB can be heard at the museum. The volume is, for example, within the levels of a concert. There might also be some tremors that can be felt at the museum.
The explosions do not cause any danger to our museum visitors, but they can feel and sound a bit scary or startling. No other construction noise should be heard at the museum.
If loud and sudden sounds make you uncomfortable, you can visit us on Saturdays and Sundays. There are no explosions during the weekend. During the spring and summer, the construction moves little by little further away from the museum, and the decibel levels will go down simultaneously. The detonation work will be finished within July.
You can always ask our personnel for more information! We also keep this info updated. We apologise for any possible inconvenience caused!
The museum’s main entrance is in the Lasipalatsi (glass palace), on the Mannerheimintie side. An accessible entrance is located on Lasipalatsi Square.
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.
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 shiny golden jackets!
Follow Ou on the kids own guided art tours.
Ou watches video art
Here’s Ou. Ou is special because usually only children can see it.
Ou lives in an art museum called Amos Rex. Nobody knows for sure where exactly Ou lives, but sometimes during the day, Ou has been seen sleeping in the window of the museum’s smallest skylight mound. Museums are places where people store, show and take care of artwork and other things.
Some videos are art, and those kinds of videos are called video art. But what kind of video is art then? And how do you look at a moving picture? Video works can be exciting, difficult, boring, lovely, or all of the above – just like any art! Let’s find out together if Ou has ideas about how to look at video art.