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

Almost all the works in the Ars Fennica exhibition are suitable for younger visitors. However, parts of Aurora Reinhard’s pieces (last hall of the exhibition) may be disturbing.

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.

We are doing our best to keep our eye on Ou, but it can change its form really quickly and blend into the museum building. Look for Ou in all the shapes of the museum: the windows above you, the grids under your feet, paintings by Sigurd Frosterus… How many round shapes can you find during your visit? We would love it if you told us!

 

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!

 

Ars Fennica 2019

19 June – 8 September 2019

Ars Fennica is an art award. The award is given out by a panel with art experts. The same panel has also selected the artists taking part in the exhibition. The winner gets a lot of money, 40 thousand euros! This makes it possible for the winner to make more art for people to enjoy.

The exhibition’s artists are Petri Ala-Maunus (from Finland), Miriam Bäckström (from Sweden), Ragnar Kjartansson (from Iceland), Aurora Reinhard (from Finland) and Egill Sæbjörnsson (from Iceland).

Another important award will be handed out at the end of the exhibition: the visitors’ favourite! That’s right, your opinion is important! Every visitor gets one vote. Think carefully, who is your favourite? Maybe it is the work you remember best, or the funniest, saddest, most beautiful or surprising thing you saw. You decide! The public vote is a marble race and it takes place in Studio Rex art workshop.

Read more about the artists and works of the exhibition on the Ars Fennica exhibition page.

NB! Aurora Reinhard’s works (the final hall of the exhibition) may be frightening to the youngest visitors. The works provide a great opportunity to discuss the feelings art can awaken and how art can sometimes scare the viewer on purpose. We also have conversation guides working at the museum, who will gladly help and talk with you.

Collection Hall

19 June – 8 September 2019

The Sigurd Frosterus Collection hall has a peaceful, but certainly not boring, atmosphere.

There are several colourful paintings on display, many of which are made with a Pointillistic style. What is Pointillism? It means that the painting is made up entirely of points!

When standing in front of a painting, it’s fun to consider, are the colours real and really the colours of the world? The exhibition has works that are based more on emotion than reality. This means that the artist has seen these colours in a landscape or situation, not with their eyes but their feelings. Can you find examples from the paintings together?

You may borrow a small leaflet from the Frosterus hall to find more information about the collection and its works.

Additional information about the collection exhibition can be found on the exhibition page.

Services booked in advance

If you want to explore the exhibition in more depth, we recommend booking a guided tour. The tour is suitable for adults and children, and both smaller (min. 1 person) as well as larger (max. 25 people) groups.

Our guides cannot wait to welcome you to Amos Rex!

Book here