The Museum of Central Finland is the place to find one’s roots, let memories reinvoke the past, learn or simply enjoy. The museum’s permanent exhibitions recount life as it used to be in Central Finland and Jyväskylä. The museum also stages a number of wide-ranging temporary exhibitions around themes in art and cultural history. The museum building, designed by Alvar Aalto and completed in 1961, is well worth a visit in itself. The museum shop, Vakka, stocks an extensive selection of literature as well as other fine items that make great gifts or souvenirs. Kontti, the workshop space intended for the whole family, can be found on the second floor of the museum.