RIISA – Orthodox Church Museum of Finland

is a specialized museum of outstanding national, regional and global significance. The museum was founded in Kuopio in 1957. RIISA is an heir of the Museum of Antiquities which was founded in 1912 in the Valamo Monastery. The word riisa refers to a metallic cover placed over an icon. The riisa protects and decorates an icon. Welcome!

The collections are based on the items from the Orthodox parishes of Karelia and Petsamo areas and the Monasteries of Valamo, Konevitsa and Petsamo obtained through the evacuations that took place during the Winter War and the Continuation War (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extensive collections range in age from the 16th century up to the present day, and its archives contain a wealth of historical documents, maps, building plans and photographs.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

Parking pass can be obtained at the service desk.


Septemper – May
Wed – Sat 12-16

June – August
Tue – Sat 10-16

We are closed on:
pe 23.6.
la 24.6.

The Museum is accessible and is in the Disability Card program.

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.