Riihimäki Art Museum is a warm and delightful meeting place in the centre of town. There is a lot to see and do in the art museum: in addition to the high-quality exhibitions, the museum hosts various workshops, concerts, lectures and other events for all ages. The exhibition space is also a suitable venue for business events and celebrations.

The valuable and nationally significant collection of the Riihimäki Art Museum comprises almost 2,500 works of art and other objects. Most of the artworks belong to the collection donated to the museum by Tatjana and Pentti Wähäjärvi. This donation made it possible to establish the museum and open it for the public in 1995. The core of the collection is Finnish art from the early 1900s.  The essential artists include Helene Schjerfbeck, Ellen Thesleff, Tyko Sallinen, Jalmari Ruokokoski, Eero Nelimarkka, Marcus Collin, Hugo Backmansson and Wäinö Aaltonen. In addition, the collection contains Russian icons from the 1800s, Asian antiques, and other smaller object ensembles, etc. The collections of the art museum also include smaller art donations and the museum’s own acquisitions.

Riihimäki Art Museum has a workshop room for children, and museum guests can also visit the Helene museum shop. In addition to changing exhibitions, the museum has artworks by Helene Schjerfbeck, Buddhist sculptures and Chinese tomb objects from the T’ang and Ming periods on permanent display.

Riihimäki Art Museum has an active friends’ association called the Friends of the Riihimäki Art Museum Association.

Free admission to the Riihimäki Art Museum is provided on Fridays from 14:00 to 17:00.


All These Silent Years – Photographs by Vilja Tamminen 12/10/2019–26/1/2020

Vilja Tamminen, All These Silent Years, 2017.

Vilja Tamminen (born 1972) is a photographer who lives with her family in Launonen, Loppi. Tamminen finds the subject matter for her artwork from near and far, both from her trips to the nearby forests, as well as from her photography tours in

Finland and abroad. The motif may consist of a landscape, a tree or a holy place, but it may just as well be a person or an animal, particularly a dog or a horse. According to Tamminen, the inclusion of a person brings drama and tension to a photograph.

Vilja Tamminen’s photographs are dramatised fairy tales, flickering on the borderline between dream and reality. The scenes in Tamminen’s photographs are partly staged, and in part, they depict reality in a fictive manner. Tamminen’s working processes do not include image editing or processing: she finds it important that the photographs are ‘true’. The exhibition presents both new and older works. Tamminen has received a grant from the Finnish Cultural Foundation, Häme Regional Fund for her artistic work for the exhibition.

Bohemian life: artwork from the collections of Riihimäki Art Museum 11/05/2019–26/01/2020

Jalmari Ruokokoski, Onni Muusari, 1920.

The exhibition showcases artwork by key artists who studied at the beginning of the 20th century. The exhibition includes artwork by the following artists: Tyko Sallinen, Jalmari Ruokokoski, Marcus Collin, Alvar Cawén, Eero Nelimarkka, Mikko Carlstedt, Ragnar Ekelund, William Lönnberg and Eemu Myntti, among others.

Many of the aforementioned belong to the generation of young artists from the early 20th century, who emerged in the world of art from more modest conditions than the previous generations of artists. The most prominent group of newcomers consisted of Finnish-speaking male artists. The art of the day mirrored the economic challenges and the prevailing societal conditions and events, which also had an effect on artists’ survival in their chosen profession. The everyday life of many artists was marked by financial uncertainty and scarcity, as well as the choice to remain outside conventional ways of life. Together with the colourful life destinies, the news on incidents taking place at artists’ cafés, art schools and on study trips, as well as the heated public discussions on art, were ideal for strengthening the image of various artists’ bohemian lifestyle.


Opening hours:

Tue–Thu 11–18
Fri–Sun 11–17

Entrance fees: 

Adults 5 €
Pensioners 2,50 €
Children (from 7 to 16 years) 2,50 €
Students 2,50 €
Unemployed 2,50 € 
Family ticket (2 adults and 2 children) 10 €
Groups (min 20 pers.) 2,50 / pers. 

Riihimäki Art Museum
Temppelikatu 8, FIN-11100 Riihimäki, Finland
+358 19 758 4124

Picture: Helene Schjerfbeck, Factory Girls on the Way to Work, approx. 1921–1922. Riihimäki Art Museum, Tatjana and Pentti Wähäjärvi Collection.