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extensive collections range in age from the 16th century up to the present day, and its archives contain a wealth of historical documents, maps, building plans and photographs.


RIISA – Orthodox Church Museum of Finland

Karjalankatu 1

70110 Kuopio

+358 20 6100 266

e-mail: info@riisa.fi

A parking permit can be obtained at the service desk.


September – May
Wed – Sat 12-16

June – August
Tue – Sun 10-17
20th June 10-15

We are closed on:
Fri 21.6.
Sat 22.6.
Sun 23.6.

The Museum is fully accessible and belongs to the Disability Card programme.

Admission fees

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.

Guided tours

Tue – Fri 100 € / group

Sat 125 € / group

Beyond the opening hours

150 € / group

Please book the guided tour in advance by e-mail info@riisa.fi


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.