Visit information - opening hours and fees
From the beginning of June, it will again be possible to visit the Alvar Aalto Foundation’s museum sites that tell the story of the architect’s life and work, with guided tours of The Aalto House, Studio Aalto and Muuratsalo Experimental House.
We have taken a number of measures to ensure customer safety. Advice will be given, for instance, on good hand hygiene and keeping a sufficient distance from other visitors. Visitors will receive further guidance on the spot to make their Museum visit a safe and pleasant one.
The Aalto House (1935-36) and Studio Aalto (1954–55, 1962–63) in Helsinki will open to the public on Tuesday, June 2. The two sites stand half a kilometre apart on a quiet side street in Munkkiniemi. Guided tours are timed to allow visits to both sites one after the other.
The Aalto House combined Aino and Alvar Aalto’s family home and architect’s office. The architect couple’s home has a cosy, intimate atmosphere, where Aino in particular played a key role in the design of the interior and the surrounding garden. The Aaltos lived in the house until their deaths, Aino until 1949 and Alvar until 1976.
In the 1950s, a separate studio was built within walking distance of Alvar Aalto’s home. The studio has a more public feel to it: Aalto’s architect’s office worked there until 1990´s. In the Studio’s well-lit work areas and dining room, the Taverna, we can detect a hint of Aalto’s beloved Italy. The highlight of the building is the architect’s own studio space with its curved wall and view of the garden.
In June there will be tours on weekday evenings and weekend afternoons. Customers are requested to buy entrance tickets for both sites in advance. Tours are for a maximum of 9 people at a time.
There will be guided tours of the Muuratsalo Experimental House (1952–54) in Säynätsalo, Jyväskylä, designed by Elissa and Alvar Aalto as their summer home, on June 1–September 15. The House stands on a beautiful rocky plot of land and, as the name says, Aalto was free there to try out different materials, shapes, techniques and scales. Visitors to the Experimental House can also view the smoke sauna and the unique boat “Nemo propheta in patria.”
Customers are asked to buy tickets at least 2 hours before the tour, as tours only take place if tickets have been sold in advance. A maximum of 15 people can take each tour, with a maximum of 5 inside the house at any one time. Weather-appropriate clothing and footwear are recommended, as the Experimental House is reached by a path through the forest.
On June 2, the maximum number of visitors to the Alvar Aalto Museum (1971–73) which opened to the public in May, will go up to 50. Café Alvar, inside the Museum, will take a maximum of 20 and the Museum area a maximum of 30 people at any one time. The permanent exhibition displays Alvar Aalto’s life’s work and production. The current changing exhibition, The Cultivated Landscape of Alvar Aalto, tells how Aalto approached the built environment via the means of landscape architecture.
Museumgoers can visit the Alvar Aalto Shop with its architecture and design literature, timeless interior design, gifts, beautiful Artek furniture, and more. Café Alvar’s delicious meals and coffee can be taken outside by a cooling stream.
Buy tickets for the Alvar Aalto Museum and guided tours of The Aalto House, Studio Aalto and Muuratsalo Experimental House online: shop.alvaraalto.fi.
The Aalto House (1935-36), interior, Helsinki.
Studio Aalto (1954-55, 1962-63), Helsinki.
Muuratsalo Experimental House (1952-54), Jyväskylä.
Maija Holma, Alvar Aalto Foundation.