Government Open Houses 2019
The Government opened its doors to the public on Saturday 14 September from 10.00 to 15.00. During the day, people visited Government premises and heard about the Government’s work, history of the buildings and topical issues.
Open Houses were part of the 100th anniversary of Finland’s constitutional democracy celebrations. The previous time the buildings were open to the public was during the 100th anniversary of Finland’s independence in 2017.
Welcome to the Government Palace and House of the Estates
This year the Government invites the public to visit two important historical buildings at the heart of Helsinki, the Government Palace and the House of the Estates
Government Palace, Snellmaninkatu 1 A
The Government Palace is located at Senate Square. Architect Carl Ludwig Engel designed the building for the Senate of the autonomous Grand Duchy of Finland under the Russian Empire. The building works started in 1818, and over the following decades several new parts and floors were added. Today the building is used by the Prime Minister’s Office, Ministry of Finance and Chancellor of Justice.
The tour in the Government Palace starts from the main entrance on Snellmaninkatu. It passes through the historical staircase to the session hall of the Government, where you can take a peek into the Prime Minister’s study and the Presidential Room.
House of the Estates, Snellmaninkatu 9–11
Designed by architect Karl Gustaf Nyström in the Neo-Renaissance style, the House of the Estates was taken into use in 1891. Today the building is used for Government meetings, official functions and receptions. In spring 2019 it also served as the venue of the negotiations to form a new Government.
During the visit you will learn about the history and architecture of the building and the works of art placed there. The visit begins at the main entrance of the House of the Estates on Snellmaninkatu.
Cup of coffee at Helsinki Market Square
At the same time with the open houses there will be a special event at Helsinki Market Square with coffee, music, speeches, and the opportunity to meet people. The event will be hosted by Vappu Pimiä and Nicke Lignell.
Practical advise to visitors
Please take a note of the following so that your visit to the Government premises will run as smoothly as possible:
- Reserve enough time for the visit and come early. Please note that the entrances to the Government Palace and House of the Estates close at 15.00, and this is when all visitors must leave the building.
- There will be security checks at all public events, and liquids are also not allowed. The checks will be quicker if you only bring what you really need.
- There are no cloakrooms or lockers, so please leave big bags and backbags at home.
- No prams will be allowed on the tours, but they can be left in a secure space outside the building.
- Taking photos is allowed in the Government premises. Share your photos in social media using the hashtags #valtioneuvosto and #avoimetovet.
- Our staff will guide visitors with restricted mobility to the Government Palace and House of the Estates following an accessible route. If you need an accessible route, please send an email in advance to [email protected] and let us know when you will be arriving.