A temporary change will take place in the Finnish National Gallery archive collection and library research services in the Ateneum building:

Delivery of materials to the Reading Room from the Archive Collection and from external library facilities will be suspended as of 30 September 2016. Information about the reopening of the services will be made available on our website.

The archive and library information services at the Ateneum will also be closed temporarily during the autumn because of the refurbishment of the facilities. More accurate information about the date will be made available later.


The extensive collections of the Finnish National Gallery and related documentation and records are available for researchers and anyone else with an interest in them. Inquiries about the collections are handled by the Research Service, which also makes materials available when necessary in the premises of the Archive and the Library. Material from the collections is also available online.

The online publications of the National Gallery also contain a great number of publications for museum professionals.

Send Us Your Question or Come Visit Us

Inquiries concerning the collections of the Finnish National Gallery are answered by our Information Service.
However, it does not respond to questions concerning the following:

  • the value of artworks
  • authenticity
  • signatures

We regret that we are unable to respond to queries that require extensive research. We recommend that you book a visit to the Archive or Library to conduct research yourself.

Visits to the Archive and the Library can only be made by advance appointment. The Information Service is open on Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday, generally between 9 am and 4 pm.

Material is retrieved from the archives only by advance request. Requests for material from the Archive Collection must be made at least two weeks prior to the visit.

See here for more information about the services of the Archive and Library.

The Picture Collections is responsible for the Photographic Service at the Finnish National Gallery.

FAQ on Finnish National Gallery archive and library (PDF)
FAQ on conservation