RIISA – Orthodox Church Museum of Finland
is a specialized museum of outstanding national, regional and global significance. It was founded in Kuopio in 1957 and continues the traditions of the Museum of Antiquities established at the old Monastery of Valamo in Lake Ladoga in 1912.
The word riisa refers to a metallic cover placed over an icon. to protect and embellish it.
Welcome to RIISA!
The collections are based on items from the Orthodox parishes of Karelia and Petsamo and the monasteries of Valamo, Konevitsa and Petsamo that came to Finland through the evacuations that took place during the wars of 1939-1944.
The icons, liturgical vessels and textiles, and rare books and manuscripts that make up RIISA’s extensive collections range in age from the 16th century up to the present day, and its archives contain a wealth of historical documents, maps, building plans and photographs.
September – May
Wed – Sat 12-16
June – August
Tue – Sat 10-16
We are closed on:
The Museum is fully accessible and belongs to the Disability Card programme.
Adult 10 €
Students and Pensioners 8 €
Groups from 10 persons 8 €
Under 18 year-olds – free of charge
We accept payments in cash, by cards, Smartum, ePassi, Edenred and Museokortti.
Tue – Fri 100 € / group
Sat 125 € / group
Beyond the opening hours
150 € / group
Please book the guided tour in advance by e-mail email@example.com
Free interactive game for children
Roaring lions, legendary dragons and fantastic birds are hiding in fascinating landscapes.
Find them all in RIISA’s exhibition halls and see how the snow leopard watches over the fish, the warrior saves the princess and the rooster greets the new day!
Tablets with the game already loaded can be borrowed from the museum’s service desk.