Exhibitions & Events

Hidden treasures – Open doors at the Old Banking House

The Old Banking House at Aleksanterinkatu 36B will open its doors to the public in the spirit of art, architecture and banking history on Sat 21 May and Fri–Sat 1–2 July 2022. The event will celebrate the 20th anniversary of Nordea Art Foundation Finland. On display will be 30 artworks from the foundation’s collection (e.g. Gallen-Kallela, Edelfelt, Favén, Halonen and Jansson), Art Nouveau design (Gesellius, Lindgren, Saarinen) and nostalgic banking memorabilia. The 120-year-old building, designed by architect Gustaf Nyström, is a work of art in itself. The protected building is not usually open to the public.

The establishment of Nordea Art Foundation Finland (former Art Foundation Merita) in 2002 was a social act and a demonstration of Nordea’s desire to support culture. The foundation was established to ensure that a nationally valuable art collection would remainin Finland. 

The public will have an exceptional opportunity to explore Nordea Art Foundation Finland’s collection exhibition. The exhibition will present 30 artworks from beloved Finnish artists, such as Akseli Gallen-Kallela, Albert Edelfelt, Pekka Halonen, Antti Favén and Tove Jansson.

The pearl of the Bank Museum, which operates in the vault of the building, is the bank interior representative of early 20th-century Art Nouveau, designed by Herman Gesellius, Armas Lindgren and Eliel Saarinen. The interior also features details created by artists Alpo Sailo and Eric O. W. Ehrström. The Bank Museum also has a variety of nostalgic banking memorabilia on display, such as piggy banks, old advertisements and much more.


Open doors at Aleksanterinkatu 36B on Sat 21 May and Fri–Sat 1–2 July 2022 from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Entry by queueing. Free admission. The doors will be closed at 4 p.m.

Old Banking Hall Exhibition

Nordea Art Foundation has a permanent exhibition of its own works in Helsinki. The collection’s classics of Finnish art are displayed in the unique interior of the Old Banking Hall in Aleksanterinkatu. The exhibition is changed annually.

The foundation offers guided tours by advance reservation. Tours can be arranged from Monday to Friday between 9 am and 5 pm. On Friday the last starting time is 3 pm. The house is closed during weekends and public holidays.

  • Price of the guided tour (~1 hour): 25 € / person, minimum charge 300 € / group. The tour will be invoiced after the visit.
  • Group size: 1-60
  • Languages offered: Finnish, Swedish and English
  • Museum card (Museokortti) is not valid

NB: Due to historical character of the building there are no free access.


Tour bookings:

Director Anu Kehusmaa
anu.kehusmaa [at] consult.nordea.com

+358 41 4377 566

Kuopio Art Museum: "Human Images" 4.12.2021- 8.5.2022

An exhibition of rarely seen works of art from the collections of private fine arts foundations examines how artists have depicted people in Finnish art from the 1860s to the modern day, from Ferdinand von Wright to Elina Brotherus. The Human Images exhibition is held in collaboration with the Association of Finnish Fine Arts Foundations.

The depiction of people is a timeless theme in art. Perspectives of how people have been portrayed in art in various periods illustrate how society and attitudes have changed and how art has developed. The exhibition offers the opportunity to reflect on the prevailing concepts of the individual as a member of society and in relation to themselves, other people, and their living environment.

There are total 13 artworks in the exhibition from the Nordea Art Foundation Finland collection.


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Open Doors at the Old Banking House

Open doors at Aleksanterinkatu 36B on Sat 21 May and Fri–Sat 1–2 July 2022 from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Entry by queueing. Free admission. The doors will be closed at 4 p.m.

Please see more info above.