On the last day of the year 2008 I happened to visit Sinebrychoff Art Museum in Helsinki. Although the museum is quite small – the whole collection is housed on the first floor of the building – for me it seemed the best art museum in Helsinki (keep in mind that I visited Ateneum and Kiasma the day before).
The Sinebrychoff collection consists of the interiors of the Sinebrychoff family house and paintings of the second-tier (mostly) European artists. However, the collection has two Cranachs, one Rembrandt, one Hals, one Watteau and one Reynolds which makes the visit worthy.
The area around the museum is very pleasant. On one side there is a park with the imitation of the water tower, on the other – Hietalahti antique market hall. One small block away is the sea.
I recommend going to Sinebrychoff house while you’re in Helsinki – it’s only half an hour and you’re full of serene tranquility.