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Kajaani Art Museum

Welcome to Kajaani Art Museum

Kajaani Art Museum was opened to the public in April 1993. The museum’s exhibition rooms are located in the former police house designed by architect Eino Pitkänen. Completed in 1936, the building is an example of pure functionalist style. The fenced yard outside its northern wing leads to the old Town Hall which dates back to 1831.

One of the main tasks of the museum is the provision of art education. Through its exhibitions of both international and local works of art the museum aims to present a broad and comprehensive picture of art to wide audience from all social groups.


Admission free


Linnankatu 14
87100 Kajaani

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Opening hours

Sun–Tue 10-17
Wed 11–19
Thu 10–17
Fri–Sat  closed

    • 1 Feb – 17 Feb, 2021 closed (installing the exhibition)


    • 1 Apr, 2021 from 10 am to 15 pm
    • 2 Apr – 5 Apr, 2021 closed
    • 12 May, 2021 from 11 am to 15 pm
    • 13 May, 2021 closed


    • 17 May – 2 June, 2021 closed (installing the exhibition)


    • 24 June, 2021 from 10 am to 15 pm
    • 25 June – 27 June, 2021 closed
    • 9 July–10 July, 2021 from 10 am to 17 pm (during Words and Music in Kajaani Festival)


    • 23 Aug – 8 Sep, 2021 closed (installing the exhibition)


    • 8 Nov – 24 Nov, 2021 closed (installing the exhibition)


    • 6 Dec, 2021 closed
      23 Dec, 2021 from 10 am to 15 pm
      24 Dec – 26 Dec, 2021 closed

Exhibitions 2021

18.2.–16.5.2021 Ritva-Liisa Virtanen’s retrospective installation

Everything I have learned, I learned from the bees

Kajaani-born graphic artist and painter Ritva-Liisa Virtanen’s exhibition examines environmental themes and the diversity of nature through bees. Virtanen is a pioneer in art relating to bees and bees wax, having started to incorporate them in her works already in the 1980s. For Kajaani Art Museum Virtanen is constructing a retrospective installation which will fill the entire exhibition space. The installation is comprised of videos, sounds of beehives and serigraphy textiles designed by Virtanen that are based on her ink paintings and other bee-themed works.

Ritva-Liisa Virtanen, Hymn for the Honeybees, installation, 2020-2021

3.6.-22.8.2021 Marjatta Tapiola: Paintings 2017-2021

Marjatta Tapiola’s exhibition at Kajaani Art Museum brings together paintings from 2017 to 2021. Included are many of the long-lasting themes of her art, such as the monumental skulls and the mighty bulls arising from Greek mythology. Representing Tapiola’s newest works are the paintings delving into classical scenes from the Bible that also have strong ties to the history of classic art. The versatile exhibition is complemented by animal themes referencing India and a series of rarely seen colour lithographs.

Marjatta Tapiola, Indian Cow, 2019, oil on canvas. Private collection

9.9.-7.11.2021 Echoes in the moonlight

The fall exhibition from the collections discusses the big questions in life with art works that are laden with powerful symbolism and awaken the senses. Can an image ring out?

Tapio Junno; Dazzled, 1986, bronce. The Kajaani Art Museum collection.

25.11.2021–23.1.2022 Ulla Harju and Teijo Määttänen

The joint exhibition of ceramic artist Ulla Harju and photographer Teijo Määttänen is centred around a shared concern about climate change.

“Our environment is in a state of ever-accelerating change, the biodiversity in nature is declining, the climate is warming. Nevertheless fields, bodies of water, bush-filled clearings, the sturdy clouds in the sky still evoke memories of childhood landscapes and the emotions attached to them – for now.” Teijo Määttänen

“And the trees pray to all the gods: give us back our cell tissue, free us of this humanity.” Ulla Harju

Photo: Teijo Määttänen, 2019

Contact information

E-mail: taidemuseo@kajaani.fi

Tel. +358 44 710 0545