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In 1932, the architect Pauli E. Blomstedt sketched a museum building for the recently formed Museum of Central Finland Association adjacent to a possible future scientific library in Ruusupuisto park. The project foundered, however, because of the limited funds of the Association and the Museum commenced operations in a small brick building in Cygnaeuksenkatu.

Designed in

1959–61

Location

Finland, Jyväskylä

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Museum of Central Finland in winter. Photo: Maija Holma © Alvar Aalto Foundation.

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Early sketch. Drawing: @ Alvar Aalto Foundation.

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View from Alvar Aalto Museum towards Museum of Central Finland, before the extension was built. Photo: © Alvar Aalto Foundation.

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Facade of the museum. Photo: Martti Kapanen © Alvar Aalto Foundation.

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Entrance in the extension part towards Alvar Aallon katu street. Photo: Maija Holma © Alvar Aalto Foundation.

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Exhibition hall. Photo: Eva and Pertti Ingervo © Alvar Aalto Foundation.

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Museum seen from Alvar Aalto Museum. Photo: Maija Holma © Alvar Aalto Foundation.

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Auditorium. Photo: Maija Holma © Alvar Aalto Foundation.

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An early plan from Alvar Aalto of the extensions to the museums. Drawing: © Alvar Aalto Foundation.