Welcome to Amos Rex! This page is for kids and those who come to the museum with children. You can read this page together, for instance, before your visit.
All of the museum’s artworks are suitable also for the smallest visitors.
This is Ou. Ou likes kids because they often understand things better than adults. Ou sometimes has trouble controlling its emotions, and it’s quite a bundle of energy. If you see Ou somewhere, you can be sure it has something to tell kids!
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. 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.
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!
Aug. 30, 2018–Jan. 6, 2019
Amos Rex’s first exhibition comes from a 500-strong Tokyo-based artists group called teamLab. In addition to visual artists, this collective includes programmers, musicians, mathematicians and others.
This exhibition may seem a bit frenetic at first, but once you plunge into the digital universe, you’ll start to perceive details, and the art lives!
Some of the artworks react to how the visitor moves in the space. For instance, the work Crows are Chased and the Chasing Crows are Destined to be Chased as well, Transcending Space. Is that, by the way, the longest title of an artwork that you have ever encountered? Try to read it out loud, if you dare!
With the piece Graffiti Nature, you can yourself affect how the artwork appears. This work includes drawing spaces where you can colour various animals and flowers. The shapes are then scanned and transferred to the artwork where they come alive. Museum staff are on hand to help with the scanners.
A leaflet with more precise descriptions of the artworks can be borrowed in the museum.
Note: The teamLab exhibition is partly dark, and it contains many moving pictures and strange sounds. The exhibition could therefore be a bit scary for small children, but it otherwise is suitable for visitors of all ages.
Permanent Collection Space
Aug. 30, 2018 – Jan. 6, 2019
The museum’s Sigurd Frosterus Collection space is calmer, but certainly not dull. Many colourful paintings are on display, including numerous in the pointillist style. Pointillism means a kind of painting where the picture is painted entirely with dots!
In front of these paintings, it is fun to think about whether the colours are right – is the world really that colour? Some of the works in the exhibition have more to do with emotion than with realism. In other words, the landscape or situation has felt more to the artist to be of certain colours, rather than looking like that. Can you find examples of this?
A leaflet with more information on the collection and its artworks can be borrowed in the Frosterus room.
Exhibitions of the permanent collection can always be found in the Frosterus room, next to the workshop. More information on permanent collection displays here.
If you are coming to the museum with a bigger group and want to get a deeper look at the exhibitions, then we recommend booking a guided tour or workshop. Amos Rex also offers fantastic children’s parties!
Our guides can hardly wait to welcome you to Amos Rex!