The first science centre in Finland

Science Centre Tietomaa

Science Centre Tietomaa has given unforgettable experiences to visitors since 1988. Finland's first science centre is the perfect place for learning, enjoying yourself, putting your brain and body at test or simply spending some time engaging in entertaining exploration. Science Centre Tietomaa is a household name in Oulu and the entire Northern Finland. It has been one of the best-known attractions in Oulu for years. Many generations have visited it with school groups or their families with more than one million total visits to date – and many come back year after year.

The themed exhibitions of the science centre feature more than 150 hands-on attractions and demonstrations. New exhibitions are opened every year, and the highlights of past exhibitions become part of the permanent exhibition. Our exhibitions explore different fields of science and technology and give food for thought for all audiences. The sea-themed exhibition called M.O.B. gives you a taste of salt water and breathtaking speed. Try out hand in magic sand landscapes, test your skill in a sailing competition and try the speedboat simulator – but do not make yourself seasick!

Has your family ever argued who does things right? Now you can find out the truth and test your skill in our exhibition X or Y. Try out a series of playful tests to determine whether research results of generic gender differences are true in your family.

The Science Centre's giant screen cinema shows fabulous 3D films that take the audience to the depths of oceans, the darkest jungles, the infinite reaches of space, or back in time to see the dinosaurs. The digital science films are produced by the best giant screen content producers in the world, and are guaranteed to take your breath away. Our giant screen theatre has the second-largest screen in Finland. Its 153 square meters bring the action close to you and make it larger than life.
For more information about the current film see here.

Tietomaa tower – Local landmark

The Science Centre's 45-meter tower, completed in 1920 to serve as the water tower of the tanning plant, is one of the key landmarks of the Oulu cityscape. The glass-walled elevator of the tower takes you up 35 metres to the top floor with fabulous views over the city. The room at the top of the tower also hosts an exhibition of historic images of the city. The tower is an unforgettable setting for birthday parties and other special events when you want to make an impression. Descending the staircase, you learn about northern lights and astronomy, and visit the Micro World. Visit to the tower is included in the Science Centre ticket price. If you want to visit the tower only, ticket price is €4.

Opening times and entrance fees

Open 2020


Tietomaa is closed due to COVID-19 concerns until 13.4.


Mon–Thu 9–17, Fri 9–18, Sat–Sun 10–18

Open on the Holiday seasons

10.4.–13.4. Fri–Mon 10–18 (Easter)
1.6.–30.8. Mon–Sun 10–18 (Summer holiday season) 
12.–25.10. Mon–Sun 10–18 (Autumn holiday)
26.–30.12. Mon–Sun 10–18 (Christmas holiday)

Exceptional opening times

30.4., 23.12., 31.12. 10–15
18.6. 10-17
On public holidays 10–18


Midsummer 19.–21.6.
Independence Day 6.12.
Christmas time 24.–25.12.

Single tickets  

Includes exhibitions and 3D giant screen film                         

Adults 17 € 
Children (6–17 years), students, pensioners, unemployed, military and civil service conscripts 12 € 
Children younger than 6 years (accompanied by guardian older than 15 years): free of charge.

Tiedekahvila – Science cafe

The café has always been an important part of visiting the Science Centre. Now, it is even more so as science has become the centre of our renewed Tiedekahvila cafe, too!

The Tiedekahvila science cafe has a new appearance which better matches with and merges in the Science Centre – with both its decor and activities. In the cafe interior, there are bits of science scattered around, offering you knowledge and amusement. Mini-interactives, the small exploratory exhibits on tables, offer you a hands-on experience to science in the traditional Science Centre Tietomaa way.

So, while enjoying your food and beverages, you can enjoy exploring and investigating the mini-interactives or, for example, fiddle with and revamp the symbols of chemical elements found from the interior. 

Tiedekahvila has free entry, and it is located on the ground floor of the Science Centre Tietomaa. On weekdays, we serve Finnish home-style lunches, and at the weekends, for example, delicious hamburger meals. We also provide catering services for various parties and events.