A fresh breeze from France arrives at the Craft Museum of Finland in the autumn 2019 when a group of Normandy artisans, Élan de créateurs, present their works in two exhibitions. 11 artisans from different fields bring such contemporary handcraft and design to the museum as ceramics, textile creations, jewelry, works from recycled materials and art handcraft. The colorful and playful sales exhibitions include traditional techniques as well as inventive new ways of using the materials.
Ville Heimala ∙ Katri-Maria Huhtakallio ∙ Aura Kajas ∙ Tiia Matikainen ∙ Lotta Mattila
We tend to have a great desire to compare our qualities and characteristics with animals. The five sculptors of The Other Nature of Ceramics exhibition bring out their personal relationship with nature and art making as well as tell about their thoughts behind their works. They observe the surrounding nature and interpret it sculpturally through ceramics.
The collections of the museum now consist of 53 000 objects. The basic collection is made up of the old surviving collections that have been moved to Jyväskylä. It is our aim to add to the collection with careful selection and planning. From the present day we keep essential phenomena of the handicraft culture for the collection. Quality is more important than quantity in the collections at the moment.
The National Costume Center of Finland is responsible for preserving the national costume culture of the Finnish-speaking Finland.
The center conducts research and provides education and guidance on the subject. They organizes exhibitions and events. The National Costume Center of Finland is located in the Craft Museum of Finland premises in Jyväskylä.
The Conservation Center is a national institution, specializing in the following:
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The Craft Museum of Finland
The Imperial Senate ordered on 14th December 1888, that an allowance be granted for the operation of a handicraft museum beginning in 1890.The resulting museum operated under the Society of Industrial Art and was located at the Museum of Art and Design (operating today as the Design Museum).
The Craft Museum of Finland is a specialized museum for handicraft covering entire Finland. The museum covers all techniques of handicraft, from house building to lace making and from forging to the design of ornaments. The National Costume Center of Finland and The Conservation Center are part of the museum.
As a specialized museum, the maintenance comes from the City of Jyväskylä but also from the Ministry of Education and Culture because of museum’s national status.
The Craft Museum of Finland sends regurarly press releases about exhibitions and events.
If you wish to receive these press releases, please contact our curator of communications.
Sari Koskinen, curator, communications and pr, tel. +358 50 413 9051, sari.k.koskinen [at] jyvaskyla.fi
For media, a photo bank is maintained about current exhibitions. You can download photographs for media use here.
Support handicraft - step into the Museum Shop
The Museum Shop offers products from Finnish craftsmen throughout Finland and literature in the field. The museum shop's handmade selection follows the seasons. At present, there are products for about one hundred Finnish craftsmen or designers.
It is easy to come to theCraft Museum of Finlanf in the heart of Jyväskylä. It's comfortable sized and there's a lot of fun for the whole family. In addition to the permanent exhibitions on the basement, there are many small exhibitions at the same time. We handle handicrafts very widely: exhibitions showcase various handicraft techniques and their talents as well as arts and crafts. You may want to visit the showrooms in advance in a pdf map.
Exhibitions chance several times a year in the Craft Museum of Finland.
Click the year to see the exhibitions.
Travel trough 2000 years of crafts!
A Journey in Time exhibition is located in the auditorium, on the second floor of the museum. The exhibition timeline charts the most definitive phenomena in the history of crafts. The texts and images are only a tiny scratch on the surface of the interesting and diverse past of crafts. The journey starts from thousands of years back, the time before calendars or clocks, and moves towards the modern times.
The Dressed with Pride section at the National Costume Center of Finland presents traditional outfits from different parts of Finland in various eras. The exhibition also explores the history and the manufacturing methods behind the costumes. The exhibition draws attention to the remarkable level of detail in the costumes: flax and wool fabrics, pewter brooches, colourful stripe patterns on the skirts, headgear, pockets…
One of the permanent exhibitions in the Craft Museum of Finland, Craft - A touch of life brings today's craft curiosities and our shared memories of the past to light. The Sense Space offers tangible experiences: you can touch and smell the materials, recognize the sounds of craft-making or sit down to knit a scarf created by the all the visitors together.
The Craft Museum of Finland has three permanent exhibitions that look at the importance of craftsmanship in Finnish society and explore handicraft as part of history's timeline, and admires the festive costumes of times past in the permanent exhibition of the National Costume Center of Finland.
The atmosphere of the exhibition year 2019 in the Craft Museum of Finland is international. Different exhibitions present the possibilities of materials, ponder the future and dive into the Finnish relationship with nature. Ancient handicraft techniques, carefully made works with strong identities as well as humorous objects are seen during the year.
Exhibitions are usually much more interesting, when paired with a competent guide. Many background stories would hidden if you tour the exhibition alone. And after you hear strories behind handicraft, a desire to try to do something yourself is waken. Then it might be good to book a workshop in the museum...
Book a guided tour fo your visit
Ecpesially for group visits, we recommend to visit the exhibitions with a guide. We will arrange the guided tours in a time that suites your needs and tailor the content to it.
Prices for guided tour
On summer months (from June to August) museum is open
Tue-Fri 11am-6pm, Sat 11am-4pm, Sun, 11am-18pm
New Years day 1.1.2019, closed
Epiphany 6.1., closed
Holy Thursday 18.4., klo 11-16
Long Friday 19.4., closed
Holy Saturday 20.4., klo 11-16
Easter Day 21.4., klo 11-18
2nd Easter Day 22.4., closed
Eve of May 30.4., klo 11-16
First of May 1.5., closed
Mother's Day 12.5., klo 11-16
Ascension Day 30.5., closed
Whit Sunday 9.6., closed
Midsummer 21.-23.6., closed