Aalto2 is a unique meeting place of architecture, design and cultural heritage in Jyväskylä, in the heart of Central Finland. It combines two buildings designed by Alvar Aalto, the Museum of Central Finland and the Alvar Aalto Museum, creating a content-based connection between the two museums. The Aalto2 Museum Centre’s exhibitions and programme offerings will conduct a dialogue between current phenomena, future prospects, and the strata of history. A new shop and online store, plus a cosy café and restaurant, will invite people from near and far.
The opening of the Aalto2 Museum Centre is part of the 125th anniversary of Alvar Aalto’s birth.
The preparation of the Aalto2 Museum Centre began in 2019 at the same time as the Alvar Aalto museum renovation project and the new section built. The Alvar Aalto Museum and the Museum of Central Finland operate in buildings designed by the architect Alvar Aalto. The renovation of the Alvar Aalto museum and the new the new section built fulfill Alvar Aalto’s wish for a common forum for different art fields. The architecture and design expertise of the Alvar Aalto Museum and the cultural environment and cultural heritage expertise of the Museum of Central Finland make the museum center a unique and recognizable entity worldwide.
In 2015-2016, a highly popular international idea competition was also organized for the new section built of Aalto2. The second most popular Finnish architectural competition of all time received almost 700 proposals from all over the world.
The contents of the Aalto2 Museum Centre are produced by the Alvar Aalto Museum, the Museum of Central Finland and their international, national and local partners.
The project has received Museum Vision grant from the Finnish Cultural Foundation.