Opening hours and prices

Welcome around the year!

Opening hours

Museums and museum shop

Tue, Thu-Sun 10am-5pm
Wed 10am-8pm
Mon closed

6 June-14 August 2022
Mon-Tue, Thu-Sun 10am-6pm
Wed 10am-8pm


Tue-Sun 10am-5pm
Mon closed

Museum Icebreaker Tarmo

Closed. Tarmo will be open 17 May-4 Sep 2022.

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 free 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 is also a charging station for 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.

The opening hours of the exhibition space are Tue, Thu-Fri 10am-5pm, Wed 10am-8pm, Sat-Mon closed. Free entry.

All archive customers are asked to contact the personnel by telephone or email. More information here.

Contact info for Kotka Cultural Services:

Director Tomi Purovaara, + 358 40 668 2747, tomi.purovaara(at)

Events Manager Tiina Salonen, + 358 40 060 8997, tiina.salonen(at)

Office, +358 40 635 1764, kulttuuri(at)

Exceptions to the museums’ opening hours

Admission fees

  • Adults €12
  • Students, pensioners, conscripts, persons undergoing non-military service and unemployed €9
  • Group ticket (at least 15 adults) €9 per person
  • Under 18-year-olds and personal assistants free admission
  • On Wed 5pm-8pm free admission for all
  • Icebreaker Tarmo is open in the summer, admission €5, under 18-year-olds for free

Vellamo accepts the Museum Card, Smartum Liikunta- ja kulttuuriseteli 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 15 persons.

General tour (1h) €70/guide
Icebreaker Tarmo €70/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