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For visitors

Helsinki Biennial presents 41 artists or collectives from Finland and around the world. You can spot artworks on Vallisaari along a marked trail both outdoors and inside historical buildings, gunpowder cellars, and empty residential buildings. The trail is about three kilometres long, and the artworks are marked on informational maps along the trail. The maps also have information about Vallisaari’s cafés and services as well as Helsinki Biennial’s info desk and shop.

Helsinki Biennial is free of charge. There is a fee for the ferry.

Helsinki Biennial will be available to audiences as allowed by COVID-19 restrictions, and it will follow government guidelines regarding health security.

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Opening hours

Mon–Tue closed, Wed–Sun 11–18


Click the image for a more detailed map (PDF).

Mobile guide

Helsinki Biennial’s web-based mobile guide is a handy information bank both for planning a visit and while visiting the island. In the mobile guide you will find a map of Vallisaari Island, information on the artists and artworks, as well as the island’s services.

Mobile guide

Information point & shop

Visitors to the island will be served by the information desk located by the Luotsipiha entry pier, where you can buy a biennial guidebook or booklet to support your visit. The biennial attendants, working on Vallisaari, will also be happy to answer questions about art and the island.

The Biennial shop in Torpedonlahti offers an interesting and timely selection of Helsinki Biennial postcards, books, and other delightful products.

The info desk and shop will be open during Helsinki Biennial’s opening hours.

You can enquire about any lost items at the information desk located at Luotsipiha (0405156442). Lost items are kept at the information desk for two weeks, after which they are delivered to Suomen löytötavarapiste (Lost Property Office), located in the Kamppi Shopping Centre.

Stay safe during your biennial visit

Here at Helsinki Biennial, we value your and our employees’ health above all else. This is why we are asking you to comply with the following instructions, when visiting us.

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Vallisaari rules and regulations

Please explore Vallisaari Island using the marked paths, as the island’s natural environment is sensitive to erosion. This historical island also has many dangerous structures and cliffs. Dogs are welcome on Vallisaari, but the indoor areas are not accessible to pets. Let’s keep Vallisaari neat and tidy for visitors and the island’s organisms. Please put your rubbish in the bins; there are several recycling points along the route. On the island, you can recycle bio and energy waste, as well as bottles and cans. Read more about the rules and regulations on Metsähallitus’ website.


Vallisaari is a challenging place for people with limited mobility. The routes are paved mainly with sand and partly with stone. Uneven paved stretches cannot be avoided. The biennial’s route has no outdoor stairs, but there are stairs at the entrances and indoors. The terrain is rough and hilly in places. Weather conditions also influence how even, hard, or slippery the routes are.

· It is recommended that persons with wheelchairs or rolling walkers visit Vallisaari with an assistant.

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Helsinki Biennial emphasises responsibility and maintaining nature’s ecological sustainability. An environmental programme has also been created for the biennial on the basis of the EcoCompass environmental management system.

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