Open Tuesday–Sunday 11.00–18.00.
July-August: Tuesday-Friday10-18, Saturday-Sunday 11-18. Different opening hours on public holidays.
Admission EUR 8, pensioners EUR 6, students EUR 4. Free admission for those under 18.
What would be more delightful than taking in the atmosphere while shopping? KeMu offers this opportunity at the Sparvin Museum Shop in Toivolan Vanha Piha. The range of products include period items consistent with the spirit of Jyväskylä at the end of the 19th century. The museum shop is located in the Sparvin House, the oldest residential building in Jyväskylä centre still standing in its original plot. The building was completed in 1861. Please pop in and visit us!
The museumshop is temporarily closed due to coronavirus situation
The Museum of Central Finland, less formally known as ‘KeMu’, offers a tour of Central Finland and its people. No matter what sort of ties you may have to Central Finland, your role on this journey is essential. We all possess a wealth of valuable information. Let’s share it!
In this magnificent museum building located in Ruusupuisto Park and designed by Alvar Aalto, you can just hang out, immerse yourself in the exhibitions, recall the past, learn or just marvel at everything!
Vapari offers advice and guidance to people seeking volunteering opportunities in Jyväskylä. We work to raise the profile and standards of volunteering in our local area.
What we do:
Bold experimentalism and novel breakthroughs propelled the emergence of a generation of young artists. Grand narratives gave way to expressing subjective emotions and experience. Jyväskylä Art Museum’s exhibition takes you on a time travel into the recent past of art from Central Finland. The extensive exhibition features a selection from the most interesting works in Jyväskylä Art Museum’s art collections from 1975–1997.
Students in upper secondary school can also access the City of Jyväskylä’s pupil and student support services. The service is staffed by psychologists and student welfare advisors, who are on hand to offer help and guidance to all students. The services are provided with the student’s consent, and they can also involve family and friends as well as teachers and other relevant professionals. The purpose of the service is to promote the wellbeing of individual students and the wider school community and to help create a safe and positive learning environment for all.
Psychiatric nurses working as part of the pupil and student support services team offer support to young people under the age of 18 and their families with mental health, drug, alcohol, gaming and gambling addiction issues. If you feel that you need help with any of these issues, you can get in touch with the nurses directly. Alternatively, contact can be initiated by a teacher or school nurse, however, staff must discuss this with you or a member of your family first.
The City of Jyväskylä’s Pupil and student support services are designed to promote health, welfare and learning across our schools and other educational establishments. They are available both on a direct one-on-one basis but also offered in communal and group settings. The content of the services is set out in the curriculum, and all staff, including teachers, school psychologists, student welfare advisors, school nurses and school doctors, contribute to their delivery.
Early childhood and basic education support service staff are there to help if a child finds it difficult to attend school or they are struggling with learning, for example. Staff will also liaise with the child’s family, teachers and other staff at the child’s school and they are a great source of help and guidance on parenting skills.
The exhibition is an experiential spatial installation designed particularly for infants and their families. Visitors can enter the exhibition on all fours through a baby door. In a video projected on the wall, babies can be seen moving and interacting with each other, and the patterns of their motions are paralleled by an sculptural installation on the floor. The sculptural pieces are like cushions, and the audience is free to crawl on and manipulate them.
In early 2019, the Jyväskylä City Board approved the new objectives of the City of Light project. These objectives carry the name "ValoVisio2030" ('light vision'), and state the following:
The City of Light constantly strives to advance urban lighting in Jyväskylä area with the latest lighting solutions.
To reach this goal, we have created a project plan under the name "Valovisio" ('light vision'), which was approved by the City Board in early 2019. In addition, we have formulated a guideline on urban illumination planning for lighting operators (only available in Finnish).
City of Jyväskylä
Urban Planning and City Infrastructure
Traffic and Green Areas
Hannikaisenkatu 17, 2nd floor
40101 Jyväskylä Finland
P.O. Box 233
Tel. +358 50 60943
Ms. Elisa Hillgen
City of Light Coordinator
Permanent lighting sites, lighting maintenance and guidance
Tel. +358 45 221 8615
The City of Light actively seeks to bring light art to the cityscape in the form of light artworks, events and other urban culture. Partners include Jyväskylä Art Museum, other operators in the cultural field and light art professionals.
The Jyväskylä Art Museum participates annually in the City of Light event with the light themed programme.
The City of Light cooperates with the higher educational institutes of Jyväskylä in the following ways:
The City of Light business collaboration includes
- Lighting designers, consultants and contractors
- Lighting maintenance
- Event sponsors and supporters
- Development of city center, shopping centers and B&Ms
- Collaboration with restaurants and cafés during events
- Operators in the creative field and expert services
- Photographers, video recording, drone photography, marketing
In case you are interested in collaborating with us, please contact the City of Light team.
In conjunction with the City of Light event, a two-day seminar is held annually aimed at professionals in the lighting industry. The seminar has been held in Jyväskylä since 2008 and involves specialists and operators from urban planning and municipal engineering, architecture, electrical and lighting design, and light art. In recent years, contributions have been heard on topics such as light art, lighting maintenance, general lighting design, as well as various projects and product novelties.
LUCI, the Lighting Urban Community International, is an international association of cities of light founded by Lyon in 2002. The association aims to create an atmospheric nighttime urban environment by using illumination and to share experiences between cities. Additionally, LUCI acts as an active discussion forum for its members. The association is also responsible for promoting the importance of lighting globally as a tool for urban development and environmental planning.
In 2019, the City of Light event was held for the 14th time. The event had much to see and experience for the whole family, as the programme included 87 temporary light installations or ancillary events. At the same time, the event once again reached a new visitor record.Throughout three evenings, more than 130,000 visitors explored what the event had to offer. The public transport in the Jyväskylä region provided free rides in the event nights — over 40,0000 trips were recorded.
In Jyväskylä, there are already more than a hundred permanent lighting destinations designed to increase the sense of security and comfort in the city area and to provide experiences for locals and travelers alike. Permanent sites include bridges, facades, artworks, or other architecturally important locations. In addition, permanent sites can also be new experimental lighting sites, interestingly lit play equipment, or urban furniture combining art and light.
The joint exhibition of four famous Finnish textile artists Ariadna Donner, Soile Hovila, Aino Kajaniemi and Inka Kivalo in Craft Museum of Finland 4.1.-17.5.2020 brings out the variety of modern tapestries beautifully. The tapestries in the exhibition represent different techniques, approaches and styles according to their artists.
Known for her colourful animal and plant themed knits, textile artist Sirkka Könönen’s (1947-2018) production is on display in the Craft Museum of Finland’s Lobby Gallery 21.12.2019-1.3.2020, in The Colourer of the World – Textile Artist Sirkka Könönen exhibition. Her life was comprehensive as a textile artist, handicraft entrepreneur, and artist, and its abundance is brought out when we step into Sirkka’s colourful, fairy tale world.
Collaboration is important to the City of Light which is why it does diverse collaboration with various partners. The associates include companies, municipalities, educational institutions and organizations related to urban lighting and light art.
During the events, the City of light also cooperates with several partners from cultural fields such as theater, dance and visual arts.
The City of Light business collaboration partners include
The popular light-themed family event focusing on urban culture was organized for the first time in 2003, under the name “Light is in Jyväskylä”. The event was at the time Finland’s first event focused on architectural lighting, widely known for its professional seminar and experimental lightings.
The City of Light is an urban lighting development project coordinated by the City of Jyväskylä. The purpose of the project is to utilize the latest lighting technology in the city infrastructure and to create a safe, comfortable and energy-saving environment for residents, businesses and visitors of Jyväskylä.