General and reserved tours
- General tours in Finnish on Wednesdays at 17.00 and Sundays at 14.00.
- Tours in Swedish on the last Sunday of the month at 15.00.
- These tours are included in the entrance fee.
Book a tour
- phone 02 262 0850
- Groups of fewer than 30 people, one guide 69€ + entrance fee
- Groups of more than 30 people, two guides 138€ + entrance fee
Art package for adult groups
You can reserve an art pack
From the playground to the museum
Modern art is very accessible to children. It is a good idea to include art museums in early childhood education. Children don’t need to understand the art to enjoy it, and they often come up with creative and surprising interpretations. You can come lift your spirits in the museum on a rainy day, or come provoke your thoughts on a nice sunny day. You can easily leave the children’s raincoats and other clothes in the museum’s coat rack.
Brighten up the school day
The Wäinö Aaltonen Museum of Art offers many ways to revitalise your teaching. Modern art often awakens the senses and takes a stand on political issues and history. Fine arts can morph into literature, carry knowledge on other cultures or illustrate the physics of light and colour. Think outside the box and include the museum in your curriculum.
The museum building is designed by Irma and Matti Aaltonen. Wäinö Aaltonen himself took part in the designing process. Aaltonen travelled a lot, and he had got acquainted with different museums during his travels and exhibitions abroad.
Feb, 8th – May 18th, 2019
The exhibition consists of the photography and video art works of Salla Tykkä (b. 1973) from the 1990's to present day. The focal themes of the artists work are gaze, power, and corporeal existence. The works look into the interaction between the outer and inner worlds af the human. Tykkä uses methods from cinematography in her work.
Oct. 5th – Jan. 13th
The theme of the exhibition is armed conflicts from the point of view of the civilians and victims. Although it is timely to look back at the Finnish Civil War, fought in 1918, this exhibition also covers present-day conflicts around the world. Works by Finnish artists reflecting the Civil War are presented alongside works of international artists that deal woth the wars of our own time.
Wäinö Aaltonen (1894–1966) was the most important sculptor in the early years of Finland's independence. Aaltonen made several public sculptures of great national value, including the figures in the House of Parliament in the 1930's. The cityscape of Turku is embellished with a total of 11 outdoor sculptures by the artist. In Runeberg Park stands Turun Lilja (Lily of Turku). Opposite is Paavo Nurmen patsas (Statue of Paavo Nurmi).
The museum shop is a great place for anyone looking for art books and postcards. You will also find fun giftware and souvenirs as well as local design.
Wäinö Aaltonen Museum of Art is located right by the city centre by the Aurajoki river, approximately a fifteen minute's walk away from the market square. The best route by foot is across the Teatterisilta bridge.
If you travel by car, there are several parking options: There are free 1-hour parking places in the front of the museum, 2-hour parking spots on the uphill street next to the museum, and on the Itsenäisyydenaukio side on Paavo Nurmen puistotie, there are parking places where you can leave your car for as long as you like.
The Wäinö Aaltonen Museum of Art is partially accessible
You can access the museum terrace from Paavo Nurmen puistotie, where there is an entrance without steps. There is a ramp and an automatic door by the main entrance. The lobby and Café Wäinö are fully accessible, as are the toilets in the lobby.
NB! The lift is not in use right now.
Enjoy a cup of coffee on the sunniest terrace in Turku
In addition to visiting the museum, you should definitely take a break and relax for a moment in the atmospheric Cafe Wäinö. The beautiful Aurajoki scenery and the sunniest terrace in Turku really crown your art experience. Enjoy a nice cup of coffee or a drink, and go through the exhibition in your mind once more. The aquarium adds an interesting element to the atmosphere of the cafe.
- adults 9 €
- groups (min. 10 persons) -25 %
- reduced price 4 €
- 7–15 yrs. 2 €
- family ticket 22 €
Free admission is granted for children under 7 year olds, kindergarten groups, comprehensive school groups and upper secondary groups (from Turku) as well as the teachers entering with the groups.
Contemporary art by the river
The Wäinö Aaltonen Museum of Art (WAM) is the Turku City Art Museum named after the famous Turku born sculptor, Wäinö Aaltonen (1894–1966). For nearly 50 years this modernist white museum building has been reflected in the Aurajoki river, becoming part of the cultural landscape on the east bank. The middle-aged museum isn’t content to just rest on its laurels, but is presenting new and experimental art projects. In addition to changing exhibitions, the programme includes various cultural events, lectures, concerts and theme days for families.
A new exhibition examining the effects of civil wars and other armed conflicts from the victims’ point of view will be opened at Wäinö
Spring 2018 marked the 100th anniversary of the Finnish Civil War.