Cable Factory

Cable Factory, Helsinki: Hours, Address, Cable Factory Reviews: 4/5

Cable Factory
4
09:00 - 21:00
Monday
09:00 - 21:00
Tuesday
09:00 - 21:00
Wednesday
09:00 - 21:00
Thursday
09:00 - 21:00
Friday
09:00 - 21:00
Saturday
09:00 - 21:00
Sunday
09:00 - 21:00
About
The Cable Factory is the largest cultural centre in Finland. It houses e.g. museums, galleries, dance theatres, art schools and has working spaces for artists, bands and companies. Unique spaces are also available for rent on a short-term basis to stage concerts, exhibitions, festivals and fairs. Around 900 people work at the Cable Factory on a daily basis, and annually over 230 000 people attend different short-term events.
Suggested duration
1-2 hours
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The area
Address
Neighbourhood: Kampinmalmi
How to get there
  • Ruoholahti • 7 min walk
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Hawk470
Baltimore, MD2,544 contributions
Former factory transformed into eclectic arts space
Sep 2019
Built during the mid-20th Century and once the largest building in Finland and the cable factory for Nokia, the Cable Factory is now a marvelously eclectic collection of 11 galleries, three fairly small museums, performance spaces, artist workspaces and one terrific restaurant.

The Photography Museum stood out with several varied exhibitions. In addition, our sensational lunch at Hime and Sali, kind of the company cafeteria, gives you reason enough to go to the Cable Factory.

Each museum charges a separate admission, so if you purchase the Helsinki Card, you will get good use of it here.

We were not in Helsinki long enough to attend a performance there, so when you visit, I suggest you check the events on their website. I think that if your taste in the arts runs to the more adventurous, you will likely find a tantalizing performance.

Located on the western edge of town down by the water, the Cable Factory is still walkable from the city center or you can take transit or a cab.
Written 21 November 2019
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joostheinsius
Diemen, The Netherlands52 contributions
An immense and impressive building
Sep 2019
The Cable Factory is now a collection of cultural companies, museums and performing spaces. Once upon a time it was Nokia's cable factory (before they switched to mobile phones). Its special treat is the private top roof bar with a stunning view of the waters around Kaapeli.
Written 10 October 2019
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Heli P
Helsinki, Finland4,236 contributions
Culture factory
Jul 2019 • Solo
The massive red brick former Cable factory by W.G.Palmqvist at Lauttasaari bridge was built in three parts and finished in 1954. Now it is the home for all kinds of culture events and houses also the Photographic, Theatre and Restaurant museums. The big halls are rented for special occasions like antique fairs. A small shop selling paperware and books faces the entrance followed by a cafeteria and lunch restaurant with high ceilings. Tram no 8 comes nearest, the metro stop is some blocks away at Ruoholahti.
Written 31 July 2019
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Tomi Wickman
Helsinki, Finland2,047 contributions
Labyrinth
Feb 2019
Lots of different areas and spacies and entrys. Hard to find your way araound. Factory feeling - either you love or hate. Nice venues and happenings
Written 22 July 2019
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Sosmall07
Leamington Spa, UK121 contributions
Photography gallery
Feb 2019 • Family
We last went to the Cable Factory about 20 years ago, and knew it was used as a cultural centre by practising artists and musicians. We were really pleased to see it also houses the photography gallery and other cultural attractions. We came in through the side of the factory, not realising that the photography museum was at the open end of the building, so took a while to work out where it was, but were really impressed with what we found. As we left, we noticed that the photographers, whose self-portraits were the main content of the temporary exhibition, were also visiting. An added bonus.
Written 20 April 2019
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Tutu Hekuli
3 contributions
Festival of political photography was a best part
Apr 2018 • Friends
In Kaapelitehdas the Finnish Museum of Photography had an excellent idea and implementation for showing political photographs. I enjoyd very much of it. I also give some attention for the whole building. Oh boy, it was interesting and big.
Written 15 February 2019
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BeachStone2C
Helsinki, Finland2,774 contributions
Events and museums
Sep 2018 • Business
The Cable Factory houses regularly interesting events and does it really well. The area is accessible by metro and tram. In addition there are interesting museums. Within walking distance there are good cafeterias, restaurants and shops. Worth checking out.
Written 6 September 2018
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Mikael F
Vantaa, Finland18,566 contributions
Largest cultural center in Finland
Jun 2018 • Couples
The Cable Factory was built during the years of 1939-1954. It was the largest building in Finland at the time it was completed. The World War II slowed down the construction process and cable manufacturing was started in 1943.

Today it houses 3 museums, 11 galleries, dance theatres, art schools, artists, bands and companies. The museums are The Hotel and Restaurant Musem, The Theatre Museum and The Finnish Museum Of Photography. However, these museums are not the best in Helsinki.
Written 12 June 2018
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Ginger H
48 contributions
Great vibe!
May 2018 • Business
I have only been to this venue for various events - but the vibe of the entire area is fantastic! It’s a very special place in Helsinki- something so unique to it. Character, charm, and the feeling of culture. Many places in Helsinki lack this vibe and are very sterile. This place is worth a visit!
Written 31 May 2018
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Val J
Melbourne, Australia63 contributions
The cable favtory
Nov 2017 • Couples
The Cable Factory houses three specialist museums - theatre museum, hotel and restaurant museum and the Finnish museum of photography. I was disappointed with this site largely because there was very little information in English and so it was difficult to fully understand or contextualise the exhibits. The hotel and restaurant museum was quite small, the theatre museum had more interactive components but was largely in Finnish or Swedish and the photographic museum was essentially abstract and not to my taste. I entered on my Helsinki card - I would have been extremely unhappy had I had to pay the entry fee. Not my cup of tea.
Written 17 November 2017
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Cable Factory is open:
  • Sun - Sat 09:00 - 21:00