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Embark on a journey to the history of Finnish care work, Helsinki and the Deaconess Institute! The labyrinthine rooms in the old red brick building tell tales of the work of the deaconesses, who received a nurse’s training, in helping the suffering. The neatly furnished exhibition rooms depict the sisters’ studies and their later stages of life in the sisters’ home.
The Deaconess Institute hospital was the first in Finland to employ trained medical staff. The items on display include old health care instruments and a patient room. The exhibition also reflects the years of oppression and war, as the institute served as a war hospital as well.
Some of the many fascinating articles in the museum were donated by Aurora Karamzin, the founder of the Deaconess Institute. Many beautiful pieces of handicrafts and glassware are linked with the idea that a comfortable environment helped the staff cope with their hard work.

Address Alppikatu 2, 00530 Helsinki

E-mail museo(at)

Phone +358 50 3955653

Opening hours Mon-Fri 9-15, Wed 9-18. Summer time (June – August) Mon-Fri 9-15.

Entrance fee Free entry

Guiding Guidance by appointment.