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Due to the COVID-19 pandemic:

  • You are welcome to visit if you are feeling well. If you are ill, postpone your visit until you feel better.
  • Remember good hand hygiene. There are toilets and hand sanitiser in the lobby of the museums and in our exhibition space (3rd floor).
  • Keep enough distance to other museum guests and staff.


Hotel and Restaurant Museum is specialised in food and drink culture and is located in Cable Factory in Helsinki. The museum showcases cultural heritage and social significance of food, drink and the service culture related with them.

The museum has a wide range of exhibitions, events, and activities for all ages. The permanent exhibition covers the history of catering and also the history of alcoholic beverages and sales of alcohol in Finland. Hotel and Restaurant Museum is a space that feeds your imagination, where everyone can learn, enjoy themselves, and find something to relate to. We find interesting phenomena from history and our collections, and present them from today’s perspective in a fascinating way.

Take a journey with us to the past and present, through your own senses and memories. We offer museum experiences, guidance, information, and inspiring interaction opportunities virtually, too, wherever you are.

The colourful history of food and drink culture can surprise, amuse, and move you. And it’s good! With us, you’ll see today through new eyes, maybe discover something you didn’t know or find unexpected inspiration. Take a bite of history, savour the past, and revive your own taste memories in a more delicious way.

Enjoy it! But a word of warning: visiting the museum can whet your appetite.

Address: Cable Factory
Kaapeliaukio 3, G-stairs, 3rd floor
00180 Helsinki Finland
Phone: +358 (0)44 747 4110
Exhibitions: Tue–Sun 11–18, Wed 11–20
Closed: Mondays and Finnish National Public Holidays: 15.4., 18.4., 1.5., 24.-26.6., 6.12., 24.- 26.12. and 31.12.2022- 1.1.2023
Admission fee: Adults 12 €
Pensioners, students 6 €
Free admission with the Helsinki Card, with the Museum Card and for visitors under the age of 18 years.
Free admission on the last Wednesday of the month from 5 p.m to 8 p.m.Free admission with a Ukrainian passport.
Guided tours:  80 € + admission fee 6 € / person
120 € (on weekends) + admission fee 6 € / person


Taste Matters

8.10.2021 – 

Food and drinks are full of flavours that are a matter of taste. Everybody has a different favourite. Taste Matters is a multi-sensory exhibition that gives you different perspectives on food and drink culture: what it is, where and how it is shaped, and who influences it. We all have our own personal perspective on food and drink culture, that is, on eating and drinking and everything that goes with them. As the saying goes, “there’s no accounting for taste”. However, discussion is in order anyway!

The exhibition takes you to places where food and drink culture is formed and modified. You can sit at a campsite and feel like a descendant of a hunter-gatherer. The scent of exciting new foods draws you into the restaurant, the school canteen tastes of equality and the café brings a touch of luxury to your ordinary day. Food and drink culture is never permanent, it continues to change all the time. It is influenced by individuals, communities, society, and the state.

Tuesday Dinner with Drinks

28.1.2022 – 8.1.2023

The exhibition takes you into a world of strong, bold and colorful food images and uncomplicated food instructions from the 1970s.

The exhibition is based on a series of food articles provided by photographer and county artist Juhani Riekkola and his wife home economics teacher Eeva Junkkari-Riekkola. The series was published weekly by Aamulehti in 1974–78.

The main function of the photographs was to show the reader clearly and attractively which ingredients the portion consisted of and how it was made. The images are colorful and uncomplicated in the style of the 1970s. Riekkola’s photographs attracted a lot of special attention in the newspaper, because of their distinctive style and color.

The exhibition is produced by Vapriikki with additions from drink culture by Hotel and Restaurant Museum.

Guided tours for groups

Deepen your experience with a guided tour. Guided tours to the exhibition – with or without drinks and food – are available in English, Swedish and Finnish. The tours last approximately 45 minutes. Maximum group size 15 people.

We offer also virtual guided tours.

Reservations for Guided Tours

By email: varaukset(at)
By phone: +358 (0)44 747 4106
Reservations are recommended to be made at least one week in advance.

Organise a Meeting or Party

The Hotel and Restaurant Museum is an excellent venue for events of all sizes and unforgettable celebrations. The museum is suitable for workshops, meetings, and small lectures. You can even rent the whole museum for a private event. We will be delighted to organise a catering service for you.

Venue Inquiries

Contact information: Anni Pelkonen: anni.pelkonen(at) or +358 (0)44 747 4107

Information Service

Information service is for everyone interested in Finnish culinary culture and the history of travel, hotels, restaurants and cafés in Finland. On the spot it is possible to study museum’s archive materials like menus, bottle labels, photos of restaurants and hotels and also literature. You can also contact us by e-mail.

Open: Tue-Fri by agreement, free entrance

Contact information: tietopalvelu(at)

Map and Traffic Connections

Metro: Ruoholahti, about 600 m from the station
Bus stop: Salmisaari
8 (Kaapelitehdas)

More information: Helsinki City Transport

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