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Kansallisgalleria, Helsinki

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Art Museum · Hidden Gem · Museum
At the grand national monument Kansallisgalleria, view international and Finnish works of art from the 18th century and beyond. This museum, opened in 1887, was named after Greek goddess Pallas Athena, who represents warfare and wisdom. Learn about Finnish art history from the likes of Albert Edelfelt, Akseli Gallen-Kallela, and other important Finnish artists. The site also houses works from famous foreign artists including Van Gogh, Rodin, and Cezanne, as well as Russian and Karelian pieces. After touring the museum, you can head to its cafe, bookshop, or reading room. Plan to visit Kansallisgalleria and other customer-reviewed, writer-recommended Helsinki attractions using our Helsinki travel route planning website.
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  • Before the pandemic lockdown, we managed to see this stunning exhibition. Magnus Enckell (1870–1925) was a known Finnish symbolist painter. He was one of the most significant names during the golden....  more »
  • Look, art is in the beholder. I just didn’t particularly like this bunch of art. And the fact I had to shell out 15 euros, I wasn’t overly impressed.  more »
  • Of you want to experience what Finnish art is about, this is the place to visit. Here are displayed the classics of Finnish art and how we as a nation express ourselves through art. Through these artworks we defined ourselves what we are as a rather young independent nation. Nature played, and still does, a big part of our identity. This is evident in many paintings in Ateneum and in one and two euro coins. By visiting here you can see what we were and reflect what we are at the moment. We have made a giant leap from mainly agricultural society to high tech modern country in a hundred years as an independent country. In Ateneum you can see where we come from and what is important for us still today. Highly recommended.
  • Museum is situated in the very heart of Helsinki in the interesting building that would be worth to visit just because of the building. Gallery has a remarkable collection of Finnish arts and some interesting pieces from international painters/artists as well. It's definitely worth to visit.

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