Museums

Learn about peasant life and everyday objects, go on trip down memory lane into the world of old toys, or get inspired by the aviation industry. All these wishes can be fulfilled in the region of Jämsä – come and take a dive into the area’s history!

Jämsä has four local museums and many specialist museums which tell of the area’s traditions in the best way: the local area, the life and habits of the farmer, children’s games, and the early stages of the Finnish aviation industry. The museums are mostly open during the summer or by separate group booking, but through the virtual museum you can set out on a cultural tour right away:

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We also recommend visiting the following other local museums, which are only one hour’s drive away: The Serlachius Museum in Mänttä-Vilppula, Vapriikki in Tampere, and the Museum of Central Finland and Alvar Aalto Museum in Jyväskylä.

Local Museums

The Jämsä area offers many fascinating local museums where you can go and learn about the life and everyday objects of people from the 16th through to the 20th century. The local museums are brimming with history, presenting the life of a peasant household of average means and their rural home, as well as the early stages of industrialisation. Come and see the local museums in Jämsä region and absorb yourself in the local tales of peasant life!

Specialist Museums

The Jämsä region is home to many charming specialist museums which offer memorable experiences for all ages. These museums present significant collections for their area of expertise. One of the region’s favourites these days is the Toy Museum, which houses a comprehensive collection of old objects and toys.  At the Farming Museum you can view a fine collection which tells of the mechanisation of agriculture.

Aviation Museums

The region of Jämsä is home to two aviation museums: the Hallinportti Aviation Museum and the Veljesten Wanha Konttori. At these museums, you can learn more about aircraft, aviation history, and the development of Finland’s aircraft industry. Hallinportti Aviation Museum is a museum specialised in aviation technology and is part of the War Museum. The Veljesten Wanha Konttori, on the other hand, operates as a location for aircraft factory exhibitions. As well as the exhibitions, you can also take a look at the aerial photo archive. Come and take a look at the aviation museums’ comprehensive collections and get inspired by the world of aviation!

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Art galleries

Jämsä is a vibrant city of art. The beautiful nature and splendid landscapes have inspired the likes of Eliel Saarinen, Akseli Gallen-Kallela and Eino Leino. Through the hands of the region’s artists, ever more marvellous works have been created. The Kivipankki and Ähtävä galleries offer varying and interesting art exhibitions throughout the year. In the summer, numerous small galleries and ateliers open their doors.

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Felt culture

The region of Jämsä is known for its unique felt art and handicraft traditions. In the single village of Partala alone there was once seven felt factories, there are still three felt factories in operation in Jämsä today. The area has become a significant hub for the felt industry, felt workers, felt artists and the whole field of felting. In the summer, felting is celebrated at the international felt exhibition. At the felt factory stores, you can pick up some genuine woollen felt boots and a variety of fun felt products.

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Groups

Would you like to come and enjoy Jämsä as a group? Need an indulgent getaway or an active retreat for an entire group? Looking for the right space for your party or meeting? The Himos-Jämsä region provides new experiences for groups of all ages and sizes!

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