Birthplace of Jean Sibelius

Birthplace of Jean Sibelius, Hameenlinna

Birthplace of Jean Sibelius

Birthplace of Jean Sibelius
4.5
Speciality Museums • Historic Sites
12:00 - 16:00
Tuesday
12:00 - 16:00
Wednesday
12:00 - 16:00
Thursday
12:00 - 16:00
Friday
12:00 - 16:00
Saturday
12:00 - 16:00
Sunday
12:00 - 16:00
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Composer Jean Sibelius (1865-1957) was born and lived the first 20 years of his life in Hameenlinna. The rooms of his birthplace are decorated in the style of the era between the 1860s and the 1880s, and the museum exhibition sheds light on little Janne’s childhood years in Hameenlinna. A guided tour will provide you with more information. Chamber concerts are regularly held at the hall of the museum. Opening Hours 2.5.–31.8. Mon–Sun 10 a.m.–4 p.m. 1.9.–30.4. Tue–Sun 12 p.m.–4 p.m. (Closed: New Year’s Day, Good Friday, Labor Day, Midsummer Eve, Midsummer Day, Midsummer Sunday, Independence Day 6.12. and Christmas 23.–26.12.)
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Sofia M
Helsinki, Finland400 contributions
Jul 2020 • Friends
Information in the rooms not sufficient. Alot of information missing.. nice house with nice objects but could be more extensive. When I asked for information from the sales agents they were able to tell basic facts.. but all of the information could have been displayed (such as where did they move after fathers death, who owned the house, what was the amount in rent monthly, what did the mother occupy herself with... )
Written 11 July 2020
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wondereyes
Bucharest, Romania2,259 contributions
Aug 2019
We stopped to visit this house of Sibelius. House is small, something like 4-5 rooms, not to much to see. I was not impressed.
Written 21 June 2020
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Nannanen
3 contributions
Feb 2020 • Solo
A lovely little museum in a great location. You don't need a lot of time to visit, but I chose to stay a little longer and soak in the calm atmosphere. Sibelius's wonderful music in the background is a great touch, and the staff is incredibly helpful.
Written 7 February 2020
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irlantilainen
34 contributions
Sep 2019
Carefully preserved and informative, the early days of The Great Man are on display.

The friendly custodian will play your favourite selection of his music as you pass through.

I suggest his 3rd Symphony.
Written 11 October 2019
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Mikael F
Vantaa, Finland22,049 contributions
Aug 2019
Composer Jean Sibelius (1865-1957) was born and lived his first 20 years in Hämeenlinna.

This charming small wooden house is located next to the ugly Linna Shopping Center. They tried to tear down the birthplace to get a bigger shopping center but that was fortunately prevented.

The rooms are decorated in the style of the era (1860s-1880s).

The exhibition showcases the childhood years in Hämeenlinna. You can visit the cozy rooms in which Sibelius spent his childhood and youth.

Chamber concerts are regularly held at the main hall.
Written 13 August 2019
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Adventure
Helsinki, Finland82 contributions
Jul 2019 • Couples
We came to Hamenlinna for a day visit, well worth it as it is a lovely little town full of Museums and Restaurants. We easily found parking places probably because it is now the end of the Finnish holiday season (we parked near the castle). Whilst looking for the market place (again lovely), we came across the house where Jean Sibelius the famous Finnish composer was born and spent the first 3 years of his life. On entering we were met by a very nice lady, who was willing to explain a little bit about the house and answer our questions. There was a small enterance fee (3 and 5 euros) and the lady offered us a small guide book in English to explain the rooms. The rooms were nicely set out, not crowded with items, the first was were Sibelius' father had his doctor's surgery with items from that time. The second room was the guest room, decorated with wallpaper that was a copy of fragmets found in restoration, which probably dated from Sibelius' time, pianos and other musical instruments were on show in this room. Room three was the drawing room, where I understand there are regular preformances of Sibelius' music. Room four was known as the front room, where the family entertained guests. Lastly was the bedroom, where it is believed Sibelius was born. There is also a nice little gift shop where you could buy a variety of books about the great man himself. All in all a "feel good" museum and if you are a Sibelius "buff" somewhere you should not miss.
Written 31 July 2019
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Cristin C
Bucharest, Romania435 contributions
May 2019 • Couples
The museum features memories of all stages of Sibelius' life. The museum is decorated with furniture and things from that period. A room, specialy, keeps the perfume of that era.
Written 30 June 2019
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Granny Takes a Trip
Sydney, Australia244 contributions
Mar 2019 • Couples
Although this is a very tiny museum it is well worth a visit . Worth it to see the tiny fold out bed alone ! Treat yourself to a CD of Sibelius music , combine with a trip to the castle , and have lunch in town . It will take you 90 mins on the bus from Helsinki (Kamppi) .
Written 27 March 2019
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Andrew K
Liverpool, UK53 contributions
Sep 2018 • Friends
This is interesting a learning point for Sibelius birth but also as an example of nineteenth century living. It is reasonably priced and a short trip so suitable as a stop off. There is also a shop with a good range of music.
Written 14 September 2018
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Pppeta
Singapore, Singapore126 contributions
Jun 2018 • Couples
We came here by mistake - we really wanted to go to Ainola - but this was a wonderful stopping off point and the staff were really helpful in printing out train timetables so we were able to include a visit to Ainola before it closed. Thank you so much.
Written 2 June 2018
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