• Mika Vepsalainen

Great Works from the Finnish Golden Era in Järvenpää

Updated: Apr 8

Come with us to the Järvenpää Art Museum on a visitor’s review.




At the turn of the 20th century, the shores of Lake Tuusulanjãrvi, just north of Helsinki, behind the airport, attracted a large number of painters, composers and authors, such as the author Juhani Aho, the poet J. H. Erkko, the painters Pekka Halonen, Eero Järnefelt, Gōsta Enckell and Venny Soldan-Brofeldt and the composers Joonas Kokkonen and Jean Sibelius. Their works and villas are still there and definitely worth a visit.

This review takes you to the Järvenpää Art Museum which used to be a small village gallery until two great mecenats, the granddaughters of the two painters, donated in 1990 and 1997 respectively, two significant collections of great works by Venny Soldan-Brofeldt and Eero Järnefelt, both artists from the golden era of Finnish art in the late 1800’s and early 1900’s and habitants of the Tuusulanjärvi Artists' community.

You can easily get into the museum with a lift and inside, it is fully accessible. The accessible toilet is located at the back of the exhibition area. Guide and service dogs are also welcome to the museum!

There is no café but check the cafés just the other side of the railway, in the centre of the town or go to the local Citymarket a mere kilometre away as the rumour has it that they sell the best sushi in Finland there.

You might also wish to have a look at the small museum shop that features stuff related to arts and the history of Lake Tuusula. Some of the sales items have been inspired by the works by Eero Järnefelt and Venny Soldan-Brofeldt from the collections of the Museum, and these aren't available anywhere else. You might find a couple of nice ideas for your souvenir from Finland.

The museum has a great bike service if you want to visit the other museums in Järvenpää or around the lake on a sunny summer day. They have four Jopo (great Finnish design!) bicycles on rent for customers in June–September.

With a combined ticket, you can visit both the Järvenpää Art Museum and Ahola, the home of Venny Soldan-Brofeldt and her partner Juhani Aho.This museum is included in the Finnish Museum Card, a great service to visit hundreds of museums in Finland practically for free.


Museum visit and photos by Hanna Graeffe.


https://www.jarvenpaantaidemuseo.fi

Kirjastokatu 8, 04410 Järvenpää