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LUX Korkeasaari

Lux Korkeasaari, a satellite event for the renowned and beloved Lux Helsinki light art festival, lights up the zoo during the darkest days of the year. At the same time it brings light to the future of the endangered snow leopards: of each ticket sold to the event, one euro will be donated towards conserving snow leopards in the wild. Normal ticket prices and annual cards are valid during the event.

Opening hours

December 25th 2019 – January 3rd 2020 10 – 18 (10am to 6pm)
January 4th – 8th 2020 10 – 20 (10am to 8pm)

Last entrance is an hour before closing time.

Route and installations

A free map is available at the entrance during the event.

Lux Korkeasaari kartta

Lux Korkeasaari / LOVE

1. LOVEJouni Väänänen
Shining in brilliant colours, LOVE is a gentle riposte to hate speech, meanness and misunderstanding. The word “love” is an exhortation, a commandment and love itself, all at the same time. This installation is a continuation of graffiti artist Jouni Väänänen’s #Psykelove series, which comprises around 30 works that spread the universally resonating message of love.

“The conversation especially in social media around just about any topic has taken on harder and rougher tones for years. At the same time, we are interacting with each other more than ever before, and yet we are growing continuously more apart and alone. I believe it is high time to change directions. That’s what these works are trying to do.”

The spray painting adventure that began in the mid-1990s has taken Väänänen over the years to many different places, including prison, the position of project manager for urban art, a curator for art museums, and countless condemned buildings throughout Europe.

2. PEAFOWLSOlivia Pohjola
Peafowls have enchanted zoo visitors for over a hundred summers. Lux Korkeasaari brings their blaze of colors to brighten the winter.

Lux Korkeasaari / HUMANIMAL

3. HUMANIMALMikko Kunnari
In this installation, a human is formed from animals through metamorphosis. Humanimal is a video installation that blurs the distinctions between man and animal, engaging viewers to consider man’s alienation from animals and nature. The work is a tribute to all animals.

The inspiration for this work has come from natural tribes and shamans, who are able to adopt the characteristics of an animal and assume the form of a spirit animal.

“Man’s relationship to animals has changed over time. Modern man has become alienated from nature and animals as a result of industrialisation. Due to the accelerating pace of industrialisation and farming, large numbers of species have disappeared, and predators are seen only as enemies of people and their livelihoods, even though predators too have their own place. Without animals there are no humans.”

4. WINTER BEARSOlivia Pohjola
Aren’t the bears hibernating, or what’s padding around at the Bear Castle?

Lux Korkeasaari / ATLAS TREE

5. ATLAS TREETeemu Määttänen
In this installation, imaginary maps and charts move across a tree trunk. ATLAS TREE lets you observe the motion of the mapping in different scales, from the motions of microscopic nutrients to macro-level movement, from the movements of industry and society all the way to the cosmic scale. The work is different every time, as it is generated in real time based on various random and simple algorithms.

“My art explores the relationships between space, light, colour and movement, as well as the associations that are created by changes in them. I want to create works that allow these ideas and observations to be shared with others.”

Teemu Määttänen has created projection-based installations for galleries and light festivals, and he has worked as a media designer, set designer and lighting designer for dance and theatre productions since 2006.

Conservation of snow leopards

Cold and rugged mountains of the Central Asia is the habitat of the endangered snow leopard (Panthera uncia). About 5500 snow leopards live in the wild on an area of 2 million km2, extending through 12 countries. As temperatures rise, vegetation, livestock and people move higher on the mountains, fragmenting the habitat of the snow leopard.


Korkeasaari Zoo has supported the work of the Snow Leopard Trust since 2012. With the donations Snow Leopard Trust has bought GPS tracking collars to gain insight about snow leopard habitat, wild prey species, and the cats themselves and done research to discover information about the diseases and illnesses of the snow leopards in the wild.

Snow leopard was the logo animal of Korkeasaari Zoo for years. Since the 1960s over a hundred cubs have been born in Korkeasaari, more than in any other zoo in the world. Snow leopards in Korkeasaari are part of European Ex-situ programme (EEP). The purpose of the EEP and the studbook containing information about the individuals, is to maintain a healthy and genetically diverse population in zoos, if the population in the wild is threatened with extinction. For snow leopards the studbook was established in 1976 and was first kept at Korkeasaari Zoo. Research done in the zoos supports the research and conservation of the animals in the wild.

One euro of each ticket sold to the event will be donated to Snow Leopard Trust towards conserving snow leopards in the wild.

Feeding times

11:00 Dwarf mongoose
12:30 * Cat Valley
13:00 * Amazonia tropical house
14:00 European forest reindeer
15:00 Père David’s deer
16:00 Wisent
17:00 Wild boar
18:00 ** Visit to the insect farming house
19:00 ** Eurasian tawny owl

* Check the bulletin board at the entrance area to find out which species will be fed.

** Only on January 4th-8th, when the zoo is open until 8 pm.

Restaurants & picnic areas

Salmon soup, á la carte meals and snacks are available at restaurant Karhu by the Bear Castle, and pizza and snacks at Bistro Bron at the zoo entrance. Both restaurants are open according to zoo opening hours. Last orders from the kitchen are taken an hour before the zoo closes. Snacks are available until closing time.

An indoor snack area with microwave ovens can be found at the Bear Castle and outdoor grilling places are available to all visitors.

Arriving to the Zoo

Local Helsinki region bus no. 16 from and to the Central Railway Station (Rautatientori) runs all year round three times an hour. Travel time is 20–25 minutes. AB-region public transport tickets are valid for the bus. Notice that there is no ticket machine nor a cash machine at the zoo; please have a valid return ticket before visiting, or download the HSL mobile app for ticket purcase.

Kalasatama metro station is about 15 minutes (1 km) away by foot from the zoo gate at Mustikkamaa. The metro runs every 2,5 to 5 minutes. Exit the metro station or REDI shopping mall to Leonkatu. AB-region public transport tickets are valid for the metro.

Parking is available at the Mustikkamaa recreation area, some 400 meters from the zoo entrance. The parking is free of charge during winter. Please note that the number of parking spots is limited, therefore we recommend using public transport. Parking outside of the parking lot is forbidden, as it will block the bus and emergency vehicle routes.
Visiting address: Mustikkamaanpolku 12
GPS address for parking lot: Mustikkamaantie 10

Enjoy your visit and respect the zoo etiquette

Please stay on the route 
During daytime the whole zoo is open, but when it gets dark, please stay on the route as the rocky terrain can be dangerous in the dark.

Respect the animals
Animals have sensitive eyes, so do not use flashlights and do not take photos with flash. Drones are also not allowed.
Some animals seek shelter at night and may be out of sight after sunset. If you wish the see the animals and then stay to enjoy the lights, come latest at 2 pm.

Do not feed or disturb the animals, cross the fences, knock on the windows or put your fingers in the enclosures. Pets are not allowed at the zoo.

Do you need help?
For lost property inquiries please contact the zoo ticket office at number +358 50 3525989. The same number is also the zoos emergency and customer service number. First aid is at the ticket office.



Korkeasaari Zoo reserves the right to schedule, price and program changes.