Ainola - The Home of Aino and Jean Sibelius

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Ainola - The Home of Aino and Jean Sibelius

Ainola - The Home of Aino and Jean Sibelius
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Speciality Museums • Historic Sites • Gardens
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In Ainola you can learn about the great Finnish composer Jean Sibelius and his family in the setting of his home. Ainola is located at Lake Tuusula in Järvenpää. Welcome!
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Jarmo J
Kuopio, Finland239 contributions
Jul 2021
Authentic history in authentic place. Finely maintained house and garden. Original decoration and numerous paintings give good view to living in the house
Written 20 July 2021
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Sofia M
Helsinki, Finland402 contributions
Jul 2020 • Friends
Wonderful place to visit.only negative thing was that they did not accept cash.Beautiful house and garden with lots to see an explore.
Written 11 July 2020
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TeWe
Helsinki, Finland956 contributions
Jul 2020 • Couples
While Jean Sibelius is an interesting person the visit to his former home was a bit disappointing. Not much effort had been put into telling a bit more of his life. What also struck us was that the garden of the property was very badly maintained, why not employ some young people to take care of it in the summer for example.
Written 4 July 2020
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randomhousereader
London, UK77 contributions
Sep 2019
A very enjoyable visit, well worth the admission fee and pleased we managed to visit before the house closes to visitors towards the end of October. We went on one of the ( free ) English language guided tours which you can book via email , which lasted about 40 minutes and gave us a real insight into life there. The guide was very knowledgeable and was able to answer all our questions .The café had a really nice selection of sandwiches, cakes and good coffee and not too expensive as one might sometimes expect in Finland. As a previous reviewer has mentioned Ainola is easy to get to via the half hourly R train from central Helsinki ( you will need to buy train tickets from the R kiosk at the station; tourist information can help you with this if needed ). All in all a very enjoyable visit.
Written 25 September 2019
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Emily
Nairobi, Kenya4 contributions
Aug 2019
We had a great tour of the home of this important, touching composer. The history of the man, family, the politics of his time - all these helped me appreciate even further his music. So, Finlandia finally makes sense to me.
Isn't it interesting to see the out-door cellar, the sauna etc from that time, and what a beautiful garden! A must see, not only for musicians.
Written 7 August 2019
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Robin O
Halifax, UK132 contributions
Jul 2019 • Couples
We spent a couple of hours at Ainola viewing the house and checking out the grounds. Only the ground floor of the house is open to the public but it includes the dining room, lounge, library and Sibelius’ bedroom once he had to stay downstairs. The printed English guide, included in the 10€ entry fee, gives details behind each room and the origins of their ornaments as well as a comprehensive listing of all the paintings.

A lower room was showing a video about Sibelius’ life at Ainola but sadly (for tourists) the commentary was in Finnish with no subtitles.

There is an english guide to the gardens and outbuildings (for a fee) which, surprisingly, has no map. So apart from his final resting place which is clearly sign-posted, you have to work out what’s what for yourself. A map, or signs, would be beneficial. But the gardens are beautiful and the guide gives comprehensive details of all the flowers planted by Sibelius’ wife, Aino. The woods are extensive and well-maintained pathways take you through them.

A very rewarding visit giving an insight into the home of one of our favourite composers – and very moving to see his final resting place. But there are a few things which could be done better; hence the four stars not five.
Written 4 August 2019
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Zach F
81 contributions
Jul 2019 • Solo
Well worth the quick trip out of Helsinki into the countryside; a quick 25 minute trip on the commuter train and then a well-marked 10 or 15 minute walk. House has Sibelius' original furnishings and you can go through at your own pace with English handouts available. The gardens are also pleasant for a stroll and be sure to check out the sauna building. Doesn't take more than an hour or so to see, but well worth the trip for classical music or historic house museum fans.
Written 18 July 2019
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Muzzamuzzamuzza
Wellington, New Zealand72 contributions
Jul 2019 • Friends
He home of Aino and Jean Sibelius is in a beautiful area a short drive north of Helsinki. The home contains their furniture, piano and other artifacts. It provides a good context of their lives. Their grave is especially stunning to see. This is well-worth a visit for fans.
Written 11 July 2019
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Andrew K
Liverpool, UK53 contributions
Sep 2018 • Friends
Ainola is the beautiful house of Jean and Aino Sibelius. It is set in beautiful grounds and provides an insight into their life together. The art provides its own story and there is an excellent cafe too. Parking is ample.
Written 14 September 2018
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Dale W
Stourbridge, UK130 contributions
Aug 2018 • Couples
It was so lovely to visit Ainola and to see it much as it was when Sibelius lived here. Informative guide sheet in English, helpful staff and a really good small cafe.
Written 2 August 2018
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