Welcome to Järvenpää, hometown of Jean Sibelius
Composer Jean Sibelius and his wife Aino spent almost their entire life as a family in their house Ainola in Järvenpää. Ainola was completed in 1904, becoming a part of the artistic community around Lake Tuusula. Both Jean and Aino Sibelius lived at Ainola to the end of their lives, Jean Sibelius until 1957 and Aino until 1969. Sibelius created many of his best-known compositions at Ainola, such as Symphonies No. 3 to No. 7, the final version of his Violin Concerto and the tone poem Tapiola. Sibelius and his wife are buried in the garden at Ainola.
Nowadays, Ainola is Finland's internationally best known home museum. Kept in its original condition, the museum attracts some 20,000 visitors each year. The caretaker's lodgings in the grounds at Ainola now house the charming Café Aulis, serving tasty cakes with organic coffee or tea.
Welcome to Ainola
- Ainolankatu, 04400 Järvenpää
- Open May–September
- Tel. +358 (0)9 287 322
- Reservations: firstname.lastname@example.org
The celebration of Sibelius 150th jubilee year 2015 was seen and heard in a variety of ways in Järvenpää – in Sibelius Singing Competition, in the concerts of Our Festival and in the unique Aino Sibelius exhibition (closed on October 2015) in Järvenpää Art museum among others.
How to get to Järvenpää
By train: Commuter trains R and D to Järvenpää. The travel time from Helsinki is about half an hour. R-trains stop also in Ainola-station, which is within a kilometre from Ainola on foot.
By car: 30 minutes from the Helsinki Airport, 40 minutes from Helsinki.