Whenever you ask what Jyväskylä is famous for, you will hear among the answers the name of the father of Finnish design and architecture Alvar Aalto. Although his works date back to 1920-1970, fine examples of glassware and furniture are still very popular all over the world (Iittala glassware, Artek furniture).
The most part of his life Aalto spent in Central Finland. As a valuable heritage, the region has preserved buildings designed by Alvar Aalto. Altogether, there are almost 30 buildings in the area, some of which are open for public.
The Alvar Aalto Museum has an extensive collection of photographs, blueprints, furniture items and small copies of the buildings. There is also a design/ souvenir shop and a café where you can buy Aalto’s favorite cake, whose recipe is kept in secret.
Address: Alvar Aallon katu 7, 40600 Jyväskylä
Opening hours: 1.9.–30.6. Tue - Sun 11-18
1.7.–31.8. Tue - Fri 10-18, Sat - Sun 11-18
Admission fees: adults - 6 €, students and senior citizens - 4 €
Free entrance on Fridays (1.9.-31.5.)