Secrets of space have been studied under the Helsinki sky at the University of Helsinki’s observatory, which was designed by C. L. Engel and completed in 1834. Today the building functions as the Helsinki University Museum’s Astronomy Visitor Centre.
On Helsinki Day, admission to the Helsinki Observatory will be free of charge between 12noon and 8pm. The permanent exhibition presents the rich heritage of the building and reveals the wonders of the universe. In the temporary special exhibition you can also learn about Finland’s journeys into space and see an electrostatic plasma brake, the Finnish solution to space junk problem!
Free guided tours (in Finnish) will be offered throughout the day, tickets for which can be picked up in advance. (Max. two tickets per customer.) These tours will present the observatory’s towers and the night sky in Helsinki at the planetarium. Each tour lasts approximately 30 minutes, and they begin at 14:00, 14:45, 15:30,16:15, 17:00, 17:15, 17:45, 18:00, 18:30 and 19:15. Ticket holders are asked to show up 10 minutes before the start of the tour!Open doors during the event. Free tickets for the guided tours (in Finnish) can be picked up in advance from the Observatory during opening hours (Thu 12–20, Fri–Sun 12–16). Max. 20 participants per tour. Max. two tickets per customer.