The Craft Museum of Finland, Jyvaskyla

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Craft Museum of Finland is a museum in Jyväskylä. Like the other national specialist museums in Finland, its task is to promote and guide museum activities and coordinate museum cooperation in the field of crafts. The museum also does also research, documenting and exhibition work within its field.
Decision to establish a Craft museum in Finland was made already during the years of autonomic Grand Duchy of Finland: The Senate of Finland budgeted funding for the museum since 1890. The museum operated under different organisations, and in 1933 it was discontinued. The museum restarted in 1982. It moved to its present location in 2000.
The collections now include over 17000 objects. The majority of old items are textiles, such as pieces of cloth, ribbons and various tablecloths. The museum's goal is to add to the collection essential phenomena of the handicraft culture from the present day. Journalist and craft teacher Tyyne-Kerttu Virkki donated her collection of 3000 items to the museum in 2010.
The National Costume Center of Finland works as part of the Craft Museum. The Center displays national costumes and other traditional clothing of Finland.
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  • This museum is situated on the main pedestrian street in the city center of Jyväskylä. The museum covers all techniques of the craft. On our visit, there was an exhibition of four famous Finnish...  more »
  • The Craft Museum is a Place, where I visit again and again. The exhibitions are interesting and variable, but every time you can see something skillfully made handicrafts. Also the basic exhibition...  more »
  • We visited during the Christmas season, there were many artisans seeing the showing their wares. It had a really lovelyfestive atmosphere. We then went down to see the Finnish custome museum. It was....  more »
  • Lovely place to visit. Something for every sense, the permanent exhibition has a lovely showing of Finnish handicrafts throughout history in many ways. Make sure to look at the drawers near the floor. The changing exhibitions has also been awesome every time I've been there. Cheap for what you get and lots of Finnish design on sale in the gift.
  • I did not plan to go there, but it was an amazing experience I don't want to miss. The exhibitions are really interesting and the workshop is something special! And the shop sells very nice souvenirs.
  • If you can go there, do it soon. The ceramics exhibition is the first in my life that I actually want to heartily recommend. As usual, they have so called permanent exhibits and changing ones. Ceramics is the latter. Also, as far as I know, the museum is responsible and crucial in Central Finland in preserving traditional dresses, information on crafts traditions, pattern history and appreciation of it all. It beautifully fulfils one lofty goal that the museum institution has, which is remembering the past. Luckily for me most of the things remembered are healthy and beneficial to forming well-grounded understanding of life lived and I get a sense of belonging, which is a nice change to feeling rootless every now and then. Furthermore, aesthetically speaking the place is rather pleasing.
  • Impressively 3 dimensional exhibition
  • A smallish museum about Finnish handcrafts. Several exhibitions.

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