Kiasma Museum —Finland's museum of contemporary art, designed by American archi-
tect Steven Holl, hosts temporary exhibitions and doesn't have a permanent collection. Ask
at the TI or check online to find out what's showing.
Cost and Hours: €10, Tue 10:00-17:00, Wed-Thu 10:00-20:30, Fri 10:00-22:00, Sat-
Sun 10:00-17:00, closed Mon, Mannerheiminaukio 2, near train station, tel. 09/1733-6501,
Natural History Museum —Recently renovated and run by the University of Helsinki,
this museum has about eight million animal specimens, the largest collection of its kind in
Finland. Displays range from spiders to dinosaurs, all with English descriptions.
CostandHours: €6, free on Thu 16:00-18:00; open Tue-Fri 9:00-16:00 except Thu un-
til 18:00, Sat-Sun 10:00-16:00, closed Mon, Pohjoinen Rautatiekatu 13, www.luomus.fi .
A weeklong car trip up through the Finnish lakes and forests to Mikkeli and Savonlinna
would be relaxing, but you can actually enjoy Finland's green-trees-and-blue-water
scenery without leaving Helsinki. Here are three great ways to get out and go for a walk
on a sunny summer day. If you have time, do at least one of them during your stay.