Rich variety of culture

Lively Jyväskylä is full of events and opportunities for cultural experiences.


In addition to the professional theatres, Jyväskylä also provides many amateur theatres, internationally successful choirs and dance art companies with a nationwide reputation. The Jyväskylä Festival, the oldest city festival in the Nordic countries, is also arranged in Jyväskylä featuring internationally recognised stars of nonverbal theatre and concert music. Jyväskylä is also proud of its symphony orchestra, Sinfonia Finlandia Jyväskylä.

Jyväskylä is the home town of the world-famous architect Alvar Aalto. The region boasts with around 30 buildings designed by Aalto, more than anywhere else in the world. All of his styles are represented in Jyväskylä, from his earliest works through to achievements in the latter stages of his career. In the master architect’s footsteps we travel from Classicism to Functionalism, from brick architecture to Monumentalism. The Alvar Aalto Museum is a museum specialising in architecture and design and a national and international centre for information on Aalto.

The city and its surroundings also feature a number of museums and beautiful churches, including Petäjävesi Old Church, which has gained inclusion on UNESCO’s world heritage list. There are three nationally significant museums in Jyväskylä region: the Alvar Aalto Museum, the Craft Museum of Finland and the National Costume Centre of Finland, and the Finnish Air Force Museum.