Ainola was home to Finland’s greatest composer, Jean Sibelius, and his family from 1904 until 1972. Situated just 38km north of Helsinki, on the scenic shores of Lake Tuusula in Järvenpää, it was the perfect location to provide Sibelius with the peace he needed in order to compose. The villa was made in timber by the architect Lars Sonck, and includes a fine view of the lakes and a green fireplace – Sibelius’ only demands. Although it allowed the composer to keep the perfect distance from the capital’s hustle and bustle, the area around Lake Tuusula was also home to a number of other artistic families and provided him with a lively social circle.
Ainola was sold to Finland by his daughters in 1972, and two years later the Ministry of Education and the Sibelius Society opened it as a museum. It is open to the public every summer between May and September, and among the personal effects that can be seen there are the grand piano which was given to him on his 50th birthday, and paintings by his wife’s brother Eero Järnefelt.
In 2018 Ainola is open from 2nd of May through 30th of September, Tue-Sun 10-17, closed on mondays and on the 22nd and 23rd of June.
Tickets 2018: adults 10 €, pensioners 8 €, students 4 €, children (7-16 years old) 2 €.
Free admission with a Finnish Museumcard.
Guided tours at Ainola must be booked in advance. The tour is included in the entrance fee.
Phone: 09 287 322(during opening hours Tue–Sun 10 am to 5 pm)