Touring Helsinki’s galleries

Beyond Helsinki’s museums, visiting art fans should take note of the city’s artist-run galleries. The best-known small galleries are located in the centre of the city, while new alternative spaces have recently emerged in trend-conscious neighbourhoods such as Kallio.

Acclimating oneself with Helsinki’s art scene is easy, as many gallery spaces in the centre of town are located close to one another. During just one walking tour, one can visit several different galleries and get a good sense of Finnish contemporary art and the local art scene.

At the city’s most central galleries, one can get acquainted with a range of art forms, from photography and painting to video and sculpture. Among the galleries regularly showcasing noteworthy contemporary art are Galerie Forsblom and Galerie Anhava.


Helsinki is a modern, pocket-sized European city known for design and high technology. Helsinki’s attractive and unique character comes from its proximity to the sea, as well as its location between the East and the West.