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.
THE MUSEUM OF CENTRAL FINLAND IS CLOSED FOR RENOVATIONS 2017-2019.. Home of the Heiska Artist Family (open Fri at 13 and 14 or by arrangement, departure from the museum). Admission: 6/3 €, under 18s free. The museum’s craftsmen’s houses, the Coppersmith’s House and the Cabinet-Maker’s House at Toivola Old Courtyard, Cygnaeuksen katu 2, open Mon-Fri 11-16, Sat 10-15, admission free. See the museum’s website for other locations under its care.