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Alvar Aalto Museum

Alvar Aalto Museum is a Finnish museum, working in two cities, Jyväskylä and Helsinki, in two places in each. All four locations are open to the public. They are:

Alvar Aalto Museum in Jyväskylä - is a museum specializing in architecture and design, functioning as a national and international center of everything connected with Aalto
Muurazalo Experimental House 
Villa Aalto in Munkiniemi, Helsinki
Studio Aalto , also in Munkiniemi, Helsinki

This museum, specializing in architecture and design, is located in Jyväskylä . It was founded in 1966 to preserve the architectural heritage of Alvar Aalto. The museum is located in a building designed by Aalto and built in 1973.

The museum functions as a center of information about everything related to Aalto, it organizes exhibitions both in Finland and abroad, and publishes publications about Alvar Aalto. The museum has a permanent exhibition dedicated to the work of Alvar Aalto. The current permanent exposition was opened in 1998, to the centenary of Aalto's birth.

The mission of the building heritage section of the museum is to protect the buildings designed by Alvar Aalto. It maintains a national register of protected Aalto buildings and provides expert assistance on issues related to Aalto buildings. The Building Heritage Section works in close cooperation with the Finnish National Board of Antiquities.

Before the founding of the Jyväskylä Art Museum in 1998, the Aalto Museum also held exhibitions of fine art.

The museum, designed by Alvar Aalto and completed in 1973, is located on a hillside near Lake Jyväsärvi . Together with the Museum of Central Finland (Alvar Aalto, 1961) these buildings form a cultural center in close proximity to the University of Jyväskylä (Alvar Aalto, 1951-71).

Both museums represent the "white period" of Aalto. The decade-long difference in the design of the buildings is especially noticeable on the facades - the facade of the Museum of Central Finland, towering on a hillside, demonstrates the geometric practicality of early functionalism, while the Aalto Museum is more. closed, but at the same time freer in form.

Alvar Aalto Museum

The exterior walls of the Aalto Museum are lined with light ceramic tiles "Halla" ("hoarfrost"), made by famous Finnish porcelain manufacturers Arabia. The high concrete base was painted white. The vertical strips of glazed tiles in the shape of a baton divide the elevations similar to boulders and create a relief that gives a strong depth effect when the surface is washed with light. The boulder-like quality is accentuated by vertical strips on the dormer windows of exhibition galleries, thanks to which the ceiling lights go to the facade if you look at them at a certain angle.

On the first floor of the museum are located foyer and dressing rooms, museum store, cafe Alvar, reference library, office and warehouse space and museum workshop URBS. Café Alvar overlooks several outdoor pools where water flows from one to the other along the path of what was once a natural stream.

The exhibition area of the second floor is 700 m 2. The wavy back wall surface contains traces of a pavilion designed by Aalto for the World Exposition in New York City in 1939. Light penetrates through the roof windows. On the second floor is a permanent exhibition of the museum called "Alvar Aalto, the architect. as well as changing exhibitions on architecture and design.

The museum's collections consist of about 1500 items: furniture, lamps, glassware and other items created by Aino Aalto and Alvar Aalto. Among them are also paintings by Alvar Aalto and more than 30 models of his buildings. In addition to unique pieces of furniture, the collections include almost all serial models, as well as a large number of prototypes.

The collection of paintings by Alvar Aalto contains ca. 200,000 original drawings and documents related to his projects since 1917. The museum also has a photo archive in Jyväskylä, a newspaper archive, a reference library and Aalto's correspondence archive.

The permanent exhibition "Architect Alvara Aalto" presents Aalto's works with models, original drawings and photographs. Special attention is given to 24 individual buildings or groups of buildings. There is also interior design, glass objects and furniture Aalto.  In addition to the permanent exhibition, the museum gallery has changing exhibitions on architecture and design. The museum also organizes traveling exhibitions of Aalto's works. You can also get acquainted with Aalto's architecture and design at museum web exhibitions.

Alvar Aalto Museum