Mon–Tue 11–18, Wed–Fri 11–20, Sat–Sun 11–18
Wed–Fri 11–20, Sat–Sun 11–18
The artworks located indoors are open to the public from 11 am. However, you can come to the island in the morning as soon as the waterbus services start. In addition to the island’s nature and historical sites, it is possible to experience about 10 of the Biennial’s artworks that are located outdoors on the island before 11 am. There are about 40 artworks in total displayed on the island.
Click the image for a more detailed map (PDF).
Waterbuses to Vallisaari depart from Lyypekinlaituri pier in the Market Square and the pier in Hakaniemi. The journey to Vallisaari takes about 15 minutes from the Market Square and about 25 minutes from Hakaniemi.
Groups are required to make a reservation for the waterbus in advance. You can view the timetables and make reservations for your group for the waterbuses that depart from the Market Square here and the waterbuses that depart from Hakaniemi here.
The Biennial has a digital learning game for school groups. The game combines art, nature and history in a fun and age-appropriate way, taking into account broad learning objectives. The game, which is implemented on the Seppo platform, is aimed especially at children in grades 4–6. The game is designed to be played primarily in Vallisaari, but can also be played without a visit to the island. A game has also been produced for early childhood and pre-primary education intended especially for children aged 4–6. This functional game that focuses on art and nature can also be played without a visit to the island.
The learning games have been produced in cooperation with expert teachers from the City of Helsinki Education division. The games are available in Finnish and Swedish. They also include additional teaching material intended for teachers and educators, which can be used, for example, to build a phenomenon-based learning period or as material that deepens the experience of the visit to the island. The learning games will be available free-of-charge from the Seppo shop at the beginning of August.
The Helsinki Biennial short film takes the viewer on a journey to Vallisaari Island and to see art in the middle of the spectacular landscapes. Head curators Pirkko Siitari and Taru Tappola talk about the inaugural biennial’s themes and introduce six of the biennial artworks in more detail.
Select a route that suits your group from two different themes. The first route considers people’s relationship with the environment, and the artworks selected for the second route explore the subject of being human and interaction through art. In addition to the route map, you will receive basic information about the artworks selected for the route. The environment-themed route is built around artworks that are located outdoors, while the other route also includes a few artworks located indoors.
The routes will be available in Finnish and Swedish.
The Biennial’s mobile guide is a handy information bank both for planning a school group visit and while visiting the island. In the mobile guide you will find a map of the Biennial, and information on the artists and artworks, and on the island’s services.
You can immerse yourself in the atmosphere of the Helsinki Biennial and various content even without a visit to Vallisaari. A comprehensive range of digital material offers, for example, videos of artist interviews, podcasts, pictures of the artworks and material especially tailored for schools, such as digital learning games and the Helsinki Biennial short film.
Helsinki’s Culture Path activities ensure that pupils are offered the opportunity to learn about a wide range of cultural content and events during basic education. Helsinki Biennial is located on the Culture Path followed by schools in Helsinki and it is recommended as a place for 5th graders, in particular, to visit.
Please contact us for more information about your school group’s visit to the Biennial!