The Alvar Aalto Museum

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The Alvar Aalto Museum
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11:00 - 18:00
Tuesday
11:00 - 18:00
Wednesday
11:00 - 18:00
Thursday
11:00 - 18:00
Friday
11:00 - 18:00
Saturday
11:00 - 18:00
Sunday
11:00 - 18:00
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Mikael F
Helsinki, Finland23,765 contributions
Mar 2020
Alvar Aalto (1898-1976) is the father of Finnish design and architecture. His glassware and furniture are still very popular all over the world. His work includes also textiles, sculptures, and paintings.

During his career Aalto designed over 500 individual buildings, approximately 300 of which were built. The vast majority are in Finland but also a few buildings are in France, Germany, Italy, and the USA.

The Alvar Aalto Museum shows the Master's work clearly and comprehensively. It has an extensive collection of photographs, blueprints, furniture items and small copies of the buildings. There is also a shop and a cafe where you can buy Aalto’s favorite cake, whose recipe is kept in secret.
Written 5 April 2020
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mila_travel
Düsseldorf, Germany25 contributions
Aug 2019
Just small enough to cover in a short visit of about 1-2 hours but big enough to give you a wonderful overview of Aalto's works. I truly enjoyed learning all about his buildings around the world and various designs of furniture, glassware etc. as well as about his personal life.
Written 21 November 2019
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narrating
Venice, Italy135 contributions
Nov 2019
A small place rich in documents and objects: nothing striking, as compared with the big museums, but it is great in its simplicity and may offer strong emotions to those who like Alvar Aalto's work and like to better understand it in its context
Written 18 November 2019
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Laura H
Jyväskylä, Finland164 contributions
Oct 2019 • Couples
Definitely a place to see. Gives a great view to the Finnish design and architecture trpught the most famous designer Alvar Aalto. The museum also tells the story behind several local buildings. The museum is pretty small and doesn't take too much time. There is also a sweet cafe and a very nice small shop.
Written 19 October 2019
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tom55tom55
London, UK15 contributions
Sep 2019 • Couples
A lovely building designed by the internationally renowned architect Alvar Aalto. It features an exhibition of all his major buildings with words about them, diagrams, maps, some models and photos. Unfortunately the English captions are written in grey which makes them hard to read, especially when written on glass.
It also has an exhibition area about the curved plywood furniture that is now world famous and everywhere, and Aino Aalto's distinctive glassware designs. Some you can sit on to try. There is a small cinema room for some films about them.
It took about an hour to see everything.
The gift shop is very good and the cafe is nice coffee and a good setting to rest.
I would recommend a visit to the museum by walking along the lake side fun the centre of town. Then after the museum you can walk back through the centre of town and see the actual buildings Aalto designed - from the museum, go up the steps to the university and go from there. You can see the university campus and sport facilities, then the teaching college, and further into the town theatre, the civil guard building, and the working men's club. Near the old train station you can see the pink wooden building which is where his first architect office was. In those days almost every building on town was wooden - which shows what a shock his modern designs would have been! Overall the town is like a living museum of his work.
On the other side of the lake the white buildings of the university campus were designed by Aalto's pupil Sipinen.
Written 29 September 2019
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trooper92
St. Gallen551 contributions
Aug 2019 • Solo
Although the museum is not big, it presents a good overview of Aaltos projects and interior designs - in an Aalto building. Well worth a visit to learn how influential his designs were and still are.
Written 21 August 2019
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Fabio S
Padua, Italy72 contributions
Jul 2019 • Family
if you like architecture do not miss it. It is not so close to the city center so better go by car or by other means. The shop is also nice.
Written 4 August 2019
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Linnea T
27 contributions
Oct 2018 • Friends
We went there as a group and had a blast. Both the origami corner and the exhibition kept us busy. Really good
Written 25 October 2018
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Irene
Stockholm, Sweden322 contributions
Oct 2018 • Friends
A great museum near the University of Jyväskylä. The outside part of the building looks so poor but inside it’s beautiful. The entrance fee is 4€ for students which is okay I think.. the museum is small though
Written 24 October 2018
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TuulaV
Helsinki, Finland336 contributions
Jul 2018 • Couples
We maybe expected something more grandiose and innovative than this small, and pretty plain museum showing photos, notes, and drawings of buildings, and exhibiting examples of some overly well known furniture and glass items designed by Aalto - and presenting them in a quite traditional and dull manner. I rather read from books lengthier written descriptions accompanied with some basic photographs, and do not go to a museum for them.

Written 20 August 2018
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