Opening hours and prices

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Opening hours


For the time being Tue-Sun 10am-5pm, Mon closed. The number of museum visitors will be limited to maintain a 2 metre safety distance at all times. Free admission on Wed evenings is not available.


Closed until 18 April 2021.  

Museum Icebreaker Tarmo

Tarmo is open during the summer, next time in the summer of 2021.

Exceptions to opening hours

Getting here

Kotka is located on the coast of the Baltic Sea in south eastern Finland. It lies 130 km from Helsinki and 279 km from St Petersburg. By car, the easiest way to reach Maritime Centre Vellamo is via the E18 motorway from both the west and the east. The train stop at the Port of Kotka is located just 400 metres away, and the distance to the bus station is approx. 1.5 kilometres.

There is ample parking space outside for both cars and charter buses. Accessible parking spaces are located near the main entrance and they are marked with the international symbol of access. There are also a charging stations for electric and hybrid electric vehicles.

You can find the Google Maps link at the bottom of this page. Welcome to Vellamo!


Ruuma is an open space dedicated to cultural events and small exhibitions. At Ruuma you can also find the offices of Kotka Cultural Services as well as reference libraries and archives of the Maritime Museum of Finland and the Kymenlaakso Museum.

Due to the COVID-19 situation only the exhibition space is open to the public for the time being. The opening hours are Tue-Fri from 10am until 5pm, on weekends and Mondays Ruuma is closed. Free entry.

All archive customers are asked to contact the personnel by telephone or email:

Maritime Museum of Finland, Timo Kunttu, +358 295 33 6488,

Kymenlaakso Museum, Elina Pylsy-Komppa, + 358 40 350 6368,

Contact info for Kotka Cultural Services:

Director Tomi Purovaara, + 358 40 668 2747,

Events Manager Tiina Salonen, + 358 40 060 8997,

Office, +358 40 635 1764,

Exceptions to the museums’ opening hours

Admission fees

  • Adults €12
  • Students, pensioners and conscripts €6
  • Group ticket (at least 15 adults) €6 per person
  • Under 18-year-olds and personal assistants free admission
  • Admission to the exhibitions is free to everyone on Wednesdays between 5pm and 8pm
  • Icebreaker Tarmo is open in the summer, admission €5, under 18-year-olds for free, free admission for all on Wednesdays between 5pm and 8pm

Vellamo accepts the Museum Card, Smartum Liikunta- ja kulttuuriseteli vouchers, Tyky+ vouchers, VIRIKESETELI® and TICKET VIRIKE®.

Guided tours

Guided tours are available in Finnish, Swedish, English, German and Russian according to availability. The price for the guided tour does not include museum admission fees. The maximum recommended group size is 25 persons.

General tour (1h) €60/guide
Icebreaker Tarmo €60/guide

Groups intending to explore the museum without a guide are still asked to inform the Vellamo customer service of their visit. In the case of a queue, priority will be given to groups that have booked a guided tour or informed us of their visit.

Guided tours