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Over the next two and a half years, the Alvar Aalto Museum and the Museum of Central Finland will together create a new museum centre in Jyväskylä’s Ruusupuisto neighbourhood. The museum centre will encompass two separate museums: The Alvar Aalto Museum is the nationally designated museum of Alvar Aalto’s heritage of architecture and design. The Museum of Central Finland is the designated regional museum of Central Finland.

Together these two museums form a new museum hub focused on cultural heritage, the cultural environment, architecture, and design.

New museum centre
opens its doors in 2023

Alvar Aalto, who designed both museum buildings, envisioned connecting them as early as the 1970s. Aalto’s long-standing dream will now be brought to fruition, as a new extension wing connecting the two museums will commence construction in the summer of 2021. The new museum centre offers a new dimension in which to develop high-quality exhibitions and events. In addition, the adjoining wing will enable the museums to share functions such as a museum shop as well as cafeteria and restaurant services.  

Thus, 2023 will see the opening of an interesting, attractive, and unique museum hub, more than the sum of its parts.   

The project has received Museum Vision grant from the Finnish Cultural Foundation.

History of the
museum centre

The Museum of Central Finland founded in 1932

The museum of Central Finland building construction finished in 1960

Alvar Aalto museum founded in 1966

Alvar Aalto museum building construction finished in 1973

Renovation of the Museum of Central Finland in 2017-2019 and opening in 2020

Renovation of Alvar Aalto museum and the joint building between 2021-2023

Renovation of the Alvar Aalto Museum starts in autumn 2021

Opening of the new museum centre in 2023

Learn more about
the museum centre