Presidential Palace Opens Its Doors to Visitors From May 10 to 13

Psyche and Zephyr, a sculpture by Walter Runeberg, decorates the reception vestibule facing Mariankatu. Picture: Tony Öhberg for Finland Today

The public will have the opportunity to visit the Presidential Palace during four days, from May 10 to 13. The open house event is being arranged in honor of Finland’s celebration of its centenary as an independent country.

The tour will introduce visitors to the main halls of the Presidential Palace. Visitors will tour the palace independently, but in addition to signs, staff from the Office of the President of the Republic will be present to answer questions. The photographic exhibition displayed in the halls shows Presidents of the Republic of Finland at work. Visitors should reserve approximately one hour for the tour.

Instructions for visitors

The doors of the Presidential Palace will be open to the public on Wednesday, May 10, Friday, May 12 and Saturday, May 13 from 10:00 to 16:00 and on Thursday, May 11 from 10:00 to 18:00. Visitors are advised to join the queue in good time because there will be no admission after the doors are closed. The entrance is at Mariankatu 2 (glass doors).

Groups of 20–50 persons may book a tour in advance online at https://www.lyyti.in/Presidentinlinnan_avoimet_ovet_0980  (in Finnish). Registrations close on at 12 noon on May 9. Bookings for groups will be made in reservation order. Groups may enter by joining the queue if suitable group tour times are no longer available. Individual visitors cannot register for the tour in advance.

There are no cloakroom facilities at the Presidential Palace. Visitors should, therefore, bear in mind that they must carry any outer garments with them during the visit. No large bags or rucksacks will be permitted during the tour. Prams will not be permitted inside the Palace. Wheelchair users will be guided along an accessible route.

The tour will conclude at the gate on Pohjoisesplanadi, where visitors will exit the Palace.

This year, an open house event will also be held at the president’s official residence at Mäntyniemi. The dates will be announced later. The previous open house at the Presidential Palace was held in 2015.

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