Ainola (Jean Sibelius House), Jarvenpaa

Ainola, meaning "Aino's place", was the home of the composer Jean Sibelius, his wife Aino and their family from the autumn of 1904 until 1972. It stands on the scenic shores of Lake Tuusulanjärvi in Järvenpää, 38 kilometers north of Helsinki, the Finnish capital. It was designed by the famous architect Lars Sonck. The only requests Sibelius had for Sonck were to include both a lakefront view and a green fireplace in the dining room. Water pipes were never installed until after Sibelius died because he did not want the distraction while he was there composing.Its distance from the hustle and bustle of the nation's capital gave the composer the peace that he needed for his creative endeavours. Erik W. Tawaststjerna writes that "when Sibelius first left Helsinki, Järvenpää was to a large extent untouched countryside. Foals and sheep almost nosed their way into the house, and from time to time an elk majestically bestrode the grounds." There were also other artistic families living in the neighborhood who provided a lively social circle for the Sibelius family.Daily life in Ainola was documented by Sibelius’ private secretary Santeri Levas in the 1945 photographic book Jean Sibelius and His Home.Buildings around Ainola include the sauna and the family's personal workshop. Sibelius died at Ainola on September 20, 1957; he is buried in a garden there. His wife Aino lived in Ainola for the next twelve years until she died on June 8, 1969. She is buried there with her husband.
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  • August 16, 2017
    On a beautiful summer day it was wonderful to visit the home of Jean Sibelius. Imfelt that he would walk in at any moment, sit down at the piano and play some of his beautiful music. The garden was ju...  more »
  • August 16, 2017
    The house of Jean Sibelius is a mixture of a museum and a home. The museum is very home alike, the visitor can easily imagine how Sibelius and his family lived. You kind of wait the composer himself t...  more »
  • August 9, 2017
    Foreign my guest wanted to definitely see a Sibelius ' home. The place was this time previously käyneellekin a minor disappointment: the House of the upper floor was for security reasons, closed, and we will be happy to either found a place where Sibelius wrote. To see it was time for a little bit, and the staff representative has sat on only näpräämässä. The House, however, is beautiful.
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  • December 24, 2016
    My favourite composer's house. Sibelius. Greatest experience of my life
  • July 22, 2016
    If you like Sibelius, visit this place to capture the spirit of his music. In winter, with the snow, the place is extremely beautiful.
  • September 5, 2016
    Impossible to describe. One must visit to experience the magic of Ainola.
  • August 23, 2016
    Great and unique museum about an amazing man
  • February 24, 2017
    The limited area and interesting to watch that the children (3 and 6) section to pass through.
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