Aarresaari Local Museum


Jämsän sydän logoThe 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. The buildings and the artefacts exhibited in them present the history of traditional farming and beginning of the Industrial Age. Head out on a voyage of discovery at Aarresaari!

The museum buildings were moved to Aarresaari from the 1950s to the 1970s. The buildings tell fascinating stories of life in the more recent history of Jämsänkoski. Wilderness huts and a watermill are from of the older era. As recently as the early 19th century, Jämsänkoski lived off of farming, animal husbandry and wilderness resource utilisation. The museum collection has a wide array of the various tools and implements sued in these occupations. At the end of the 19th century, the region became industrialised with the opening of paper mills. An effort was made to create authentic interior settings typical of the 19th and early 20th century by using interior decoration and furnishings of millworker cottages.

Each year, the museum area hosts a variety of events, such as a Midsummer festival for the whole family and Aarresaari’s Old Tyme Christmas. Located on the shore of Lake Kankarisvesi, the museum can also be reached by boat or paddlecraft.

The museum is managed by the Jämsänkoski Homestead Association (Jämsänkosken kotiseutuyhdistys).


The Aarresaari Local Museum´s summer season 2023 has ended.

Address: Virtasalmentie 28, 42300 Jämsä

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