Theatre Museum

Visitor information

Frequently Asked Questions

How to get to the Theatre Museum?

The Theatre Museum is located at the Cable Factory, in staircase G. The building is u-shaped, and the staircase G is found at the far end of the wing closer to the sea. We share a lobby with the Hotel and Restaurant Museum and the Finnish Museum of Photography, reached through the same entrance. The Theatre Museum is on the first floor. (See detailed directions here).

How to buy a ticket?

The Ticket Office is located in the lobby. Admission fees are found here. We accept the Museum Card, available for purchase at the Ticket Office. Please present your Card at the reception to record your visit in our system. We also accept the Helsinki Card and most of the recreational vouchers. Free admission on every last Wednesday evening of the month.

Will the admission fee include entrance to other museums?

The Finnish Museum of Photography and the Hotel and Restaurant Museum sell their separate tickets. However, the combination ticket includes entrance to all three museums. Access to all museums is free to Museum Card and Helsinki Card holders. Please present your Card at the reception.

Where can I leave my belongings for the visit?

There are coat racks in the lobby as well as lockers. We kindly ask you to leave large bags and coats in the lobby. No deposit to operate the lockers is needed.

Is there a Museum Shop or a café?

The Museum Shop in the lobby offers arrange of products of all three museums. The nearest café at is Hima&Sali in staircase C, accessed through the court yard.

What can I do at the Theatre Museum?

You can explore our exhibitions by strolling through galleries at your own pace. You can also take a more active approach and try things out yourself. There a numerous experimentation stands in the exhibitions, two stages with dressing rooms, and a puppet theatre. Our visitors are encouraged to freely experiment on different elements and features of theatre.

The experimentation stands invite the visitors to touch, do and experiment, but please note that some costumes and exhibits on display cannot be touched. Experimentation stands are marked on the Museum map that exhibition guides hand out, or you can pick one up from a shelf at the entrance. In the exhibitions, the experimentation stands are marked with a green hand sign. Should you feel unsure, please ask the exhibition guides, they are happy to tell more about the exhibitions and show how the experimentation stands work.

I came to the Museum and found the Arkadia Theatre is closed. Why don’t I have access to all areas?

Some of the exhibition galleries may be temporarily closed for a workshop or other activity. If you want to confirm full access during your visit, please contact the Exhibition Info before your visit on +358 (0)40 1922 300.

What are the workshops like, and who are they for?

We organise workshops for all ages throughout the year. Anyone can organise a group and book a workshop. Our sessions are great for entertaining a group of friends, giving a moment of relaxation for work colleagues, or adding a special feature to a birthday party. A facilitated workshop is an intensive and unique experience that is guaranteed to sweep you off your feet. Please see workshop descriptions on the Group Visits page and book a session!

I don’t want to book a workshop, is there anything for solo visitors?

In addition to the workshops, we organise open, facilitated Theatre Cat’s Holiday Adventures suitable for all ages. No booking is required for these adventures and entrance is included in the admission fee.  Adventures are organised during Christmas and winter holidays, and Easter and Halloween seasons.

We also organise Artist Meet and Greets, seminars, lectures, and performances throughout the year. Please follow the What’s On page and the Theatre Museum’s Facebook page to stay up to date on Theatre Cat’s adventures and other activities. Usually these activities are included in the admission fee, but for some performances separate tickets are required.