Jyväskylä attractions

Top Choice Notable Building in Jyväskylä

Säynätsalon Kunnantalo

One of Aalto's most admired works, this town hall was conceived as a 'fortress of democracy' and constructed between 1949 and 1952. Its sturdy brick tower references the medieval palazzi communale (town halls) Aalto…
Architecture in Jyväskylä

Muuratsalon Koetalo

Connected to Säynätsalo by bridges, peaceful Muuratsalo islet was the summer retreat of Alvar and Elissa Aalto. Aalto built his Experimental House – a must-see for architecture buffs – on three hectares of forest on…
Museum in Jyväskylä

Alvar Aalto Museo

The town's most famous son and the subject of this museum was a giant of 20th-century architecture. Schooled in Jyväskylä, Aalto opened his first offices here, designed many buildings in the town and later spent his…
Museum in Jyväskylä

Keski-Suomen Museo

Adjacent to the Alvar Aalto Museo and also designed by him, this museum building was temporarily closed for a major restoration when we last visited. When it reopens in 2019 it will continue to showcase the cultural…
Architecture in Jyväskylä

Administrative and Cultural Centre

Jyväskylä's municipal headquarters are located in the block bounded by Vapaudenkatu, Kilpisenkatu and Hannikaisenkatu. The complex includes three buildings designed by Alvar Aalto: the City Theatre (1964–72), Police…
Museum in Jyväskylä

Suomen Käsityön Museo

Showcasing the National Costume Centre, which includes regional dress from around Finland, this handicrafts museum has a small permanent collection and also hosts travelling exhibitions. It offers an enjoyable if ov…
Architecture in Jyväskylä

Workers' Club Building

This is one of many buildings in Jyväskylä designed by its famous son, Alvar Aalto. Built between 1924 and 25, its a not particularly successful Italian Renaissance–inspired structure with features such as columns a…
Architecture in Jyväskylä

Vitatorni Apartment Tower

In one of Jyväskylä's garden suburbs, this apartment block was designed by Alvar Aalto and built in 1962.