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.

Bill Viola, Tristan’s Ascension (The Sound of a Mountain Under a Waterfall), 2005.  Kuva: Kira Perov © Bill Viola Studio Amos Rex 2021
Bill Viola, Tristan’s Ascension (The Sound of a Mountain Under a Waterfall), 2005. Photo: Kira Perov © Bill Viola Studio

Bill Viola: Inner Journey

22 Sept 2021 – 27 Feb 2022

Artist Bill Viola creates video works of various types and sizes. The Amos Rex exhibition features very large video projections with high volume as well as smaller, quieter works. We wrote a page with more detailed information to help with your museum visit. On this page we go through the works in the exhibition in detail, to allow better advance planning of a visit with children:

 

Visiting the exhibition may be intense for small children. The rooms are dark so that the video works can be seen better. Some rooms feature loud sounds.  A few of the works include nudity. The works handle major questions of life such as birth and death, so it may be good to prepare in advance to discuss these issues.

The exhibition does not show anything that is directly inappropriate for children, but some of the works may have an intense atmosphere. In Studio Rex The Night Journey game has an age limit 7 and 4 to 6 year-olds can play the game accompanied by an adult.

Suggestion
Those who are afraid of the dark may hold hands while walking through the exhibition. The museum’s friendly mascot, Ou, often hides within its walls. Ou is very calm and can support small children while visiting the exhibition. If you’re nervous, you can whisper something to Ou. If you’d like to visit the exhibition while hugging Ou, you can borrow a soft Ou toy from the coat-check area.

Nearly all the works have sound. Those with sensitive hearing may borrow hearing protection from the museum’s coat-check area.

There are discussion guides throughout the exhibition space who are glad to help with any questions.

Exhibition content warnings:
darkness, loud sounds, nudity, intense atmosphere

Exhibition map for kids

Kids have their own map to the exhibition.

The Bill Viola: Inner Journey exhibition can be intense for youngest and the most sensitive visitors. On this map, we’ve gathered some tips to make your visit run as smooth as possible. You can either save this map for example on your phone for the visit or borrow one at the museum.

Arrival

Arrival

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, except for the exhibition space. If the Studio Rex workshop is free, it can be used as a rest area and for eating snacks. The staff will be glad to assist!
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 shiny golden jackets!

Ou's tour

Follow Ou on the kids own guided art tours.