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Frequently asked questions

What are the opening hours of the Helsinki Biennial?

Mon closed, Tues–Sun 11–18
(open during Midsummer 23.–25.6 and Helsinki Day 12.6.)

Mon closed
Tues 10–17.30
Wed–Sun 11.30–19
(closed during Midsummer 23.–25.6.,
open on Helsinki Day 12.6.)

The Biennial opens each day at 11 am – so why does the ferry service to Vallisaari start earlier?

You can, of course, also visit Vallisaari island outside the opening hours of the Biennial. In addition, some of the Biennial’s outdoor works can be experienced outside the regular opening hours: 6 Zheng Mahler, 7 Dineo Seshee Bopape, 8 Red Forest, 9 Adrián Villar Rojas, 15 Ahmed Al-Nawas & Minna Henriksson, 16 Danielle Brathwaite-Shirley, 20 Alma Heikkilä, 23 Keiken + online works

You can find the map here.

How much is the admission fee to the Helsinki Biennial?

The Helsinki Biennial exhibition on Vallisaari Island is free of charge. There is a fee for the ferry.

There is a museum admission fee for the biennial exhibition at HAM Helsinki Art Museum.

Can I bring a dog with me to Helsinki Biennial?

You can bring a dog to the Biennial. However, all dogs must be kept on a lead. This is also for the dogs’ own safety. Dogs or other pets may not, however, be brought indoors.

How can I get to Vallisaari?

There is a regular ferry service to Vallisaari operated by FRS Finland. The ferry service leaves from the Helsinki Biennial pavilion, located next to the Old Market Hall by the Market Square.

FRS Finland also operates a ringline from Kalasatama to Vallisaari, Suomenlinna and Lonna from 22 May to 17 September 2023.

Check accessible departures for Vallisaari Island from the ferry operator.

How do I buy a ferry ticket?

Tickets for the regular ferry service can be bought online or from the Biennial pavilion.

Buy tickets (FRS Finland)
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I have some questions about the ferry services. Who can I contact?

FRS Finland, 010 202 3780 (Mon–Fri 9 am-3 pm),


Exactly where does the ferry from the mainland arrive in Vallisaari?

The Vallisaari ferries arrive at Luotsipiha.

Where does the ferry leave from Vallisaari for the mainland?

The ferries leave for the mainland from Torpedo Bay in the east of the island.

Is there food and drink available in Vallisaari?

There are several cafes and restaurants in Vallisaari. Most of them are located at Torpedo Bay. Find out more here.

All services on Vallisaari can be found on this map.

Is the Biennial accessible by pushchair?

Vallisaari is accessible by pushchair, especially ones with large wheels. The terrain in Vallisaari is hilly and the paths are made of sand and gravel.

Note! Unfortunately it is not possible to enter the artworks located in the gunpowder cellars with pushchair due to artwork and fire safety regulations.

Where can I find information on the accessibility of the Helsinki Biennial?

You can find accessibility information here.

If you have any questions concerning the accessibility of the ferries, please contact the ferry operator: FRS Finland, 010 202 3780 (Mon–Fri 9 am-3 pm),

Can I visit the Helsinki Biennial by using my own boat?

You can also visit the island by your own boat.
There are 50 guest mooring places.
Find out more here.

Can I visit the Helsinki Biennial by kayak?

You can visit the island by kayak. Suitable places for coming ashore include the sandy coves by the Luotsipiha pier and the Luotsitalo building. However, it is forbidden to enter the island or come ashore in the restricted areas in the south of Vallisaari.

Can I go indoors carrying a rucksack?

You can carry a rucksack into the exhibition galleries on Vallisaari. However, in order to protect the works of art, our exhibition attendants will ask you to keep your rucksack in front of you, or in your hand.

Can I swim on Vallisaari?

It is not safe to swim in the pond on Vallisaari or off the rocks on the shores. You can swim at the sandy cove on Kuninkaansaari. However, the cove is not an official beach.

Can I fill my drinking bottle in Vallisaari?

You can fill your drinking bottle at the water points near the arrival and departure piers in Vallisaari.