Explore the life and artifacts of agrarian economy, embark on a nostalgic journey to the world of old toys, or draw inspiration from the aviation industry. In the Himos-Jämsä region, all of these desires come true – immerse yourself in the history of the area! 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. Specialist museums offer memorable experiences for all ages. These museums present significant collections for their area of expertise. Museums are mostly open during the summer or by appointment for groups, but through the virtual museum you can set out on a cultural tour right away: Museo24. 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.


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Local Museums

Pälämäki Local Museum

Pälämäki Local Museum tells the fascinating tale of life as a crofter in Jämsä of the 18th and 19th century. All the buildings were moved to Pälämäki at the beginning of the 1960s from all over the Suur-Jämsä region. Visit Pälämäki to see how Jämsä’s crofters made a living for themselves.

Aarresaari Local Museum

The buildings of Aarresaari will take you on a trip back in time, visiting the history of the region from the 16th century all the way up to the early decades of the 20th century. Head out on a voyage of discovery at Aarresaari!

Kuorevesi Local Museum

The Kuorevesi Local Museum is beautifully situated on the shore of Lake Kuorevesi. The museum presents the life and artefacts of farm life in the 19th and early 20th century. Come admire the idyllic homestead museum and its treasures from the past.

Längelmäki Local Museum

The Längelmäki Local Museum exhibits buildings and artefacts from the pre-industrial peasant farmer era. There are three buildings, a house, drying barn and granary on the Längelmäki Local Museum grounds. In the main building, you can see artefacts, kitchenware and tools from the era of peasant farmers.

Specialist Museums


Toy Museum

A magnificent landscaped model railway, thousands of toys and other articles – come take a nostalgic journey in the land of toys! The museum has antique objects and toys, with which Finnish have played as well as a stage and costumes for role-playing.

Hallinportti aviation Museum

One of the places worth visiting is definitely the Aviation Museum in the Halli. The museum opened in 1980, meaning it has operated on the same site for more than forty years. The museum presents the history of aviation in the form of airplanes, photographs and small appliances

The Aviation Brother`s Old Office

The exhibition holds approximately 40,000 aerial photographs taken everywhere from Hanko to Petsamo starting in 1929. The Aviation Brother’s Old Office & Aerial Photography Exhibition displays the work of Veljekset Karhumäki Ltd., which began taking aerial photos in the 1930s.


Farmer`s Museum

Journey back in time into the history of farming – The Farmer’s Museum provides visitors with a comprehensive picture of what work was like on Jämsä’s farms of past years. The Farmer’s Museum has collected artefacts and tools for the past forty years, thus creating a permanent collection that tells the story of how farming was mechanised beginning in the early 20th century and running all the way up to the 1950s. The enormous collection contains some 1,200 farming tools and implements.

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