Info in English

Welcome to North Karelian museum!

North Karelian museum Hilma is located in the centre of Joensuu, in an old bank building next to the marketplace. The museum's permanent exhibitions include display the prehistory and the history of Karelia and North Karelia. The museum also organizes 3–5 temporary exhibitions a year, presenting different kinds of interesting themes from Finland and abroad.

According to the guidance issued by the Government of Finland, museum will be closed for the general public from Tuesday 17 March 2020 to 31 May in order to prevent the spreading of the coronavirus.

Exhibitions in 2020

Feb 6–May 31

The Lost Mitten and Other Stories

Millions of people move from one country to another every day because of wars, persecutions and natural disasters, but also for jobs, vacations and family reasons. The exhibition tells stories about borders, mobilities, and new neighbour relations through various objects.

LA 22.2.2020 klo 12:00–14:00

Storytelling meeting. FRIENDSHIP is one of the most complicated relationships between humans. Please, come and tell about your friendships, their difficulties and rewards these relationships have created in your life. What is the role of diplomacy in your friendships and when real friendships can be distinguished?

Starting Jun 11
Stories from River Pielinen

The exhibition invites you to explore life by the River Pielinen through people's stories, rapids, canals and power stations.


Permanent exhibition

The permanent exhibition “Visiting Karelia” takes you all the way from prehistoric times to present day in North Karelia. People in the area have always lived at nature’s mercy and the exhibition also covers this relationship between people and the environment.

Wars have left their mark on the area. This part of history is portrayed from different points of view. The traditional sauna shows how it served people for centuries as a place for birth and death in both birth and death. The vibrant North Karelian rock music scene also has its own exhibition room.

With the title “Visiting Karelia” we hope your visit to the exhibition will be a rewarding journey that provides information and insight along with emotional experiences.


Mukalakatu – Children's museum

“Mukulakatu” is full of activities for our youngest visitors. The atmospheric alley of wooden buildings, completed with a marketplace and a harbor, is built specifically for children. It is not allowed to leave your child alone to Mukulakatu.



Koskikatu 5 (Carelicum)
80100 Joensuu


Opening hours

Mon–Tue, Sat–Sun 10–16
Wed 10–19

Starting 7.1.2020: Mon–Tues and Thur–Sun 10–16 and Wed 10–19.

Exceptions 2019

The museum is closed in the following days.

Dec 31 2019 closing at 3 pm
Jan 1 New Year’s Day
Jan 6 closed Epiphany
Apr 10–13 Easter
May 1 May Day
May 21 Ascension Day
Jun 19–21 Midsummer
Nov 1 All Saint’s Day
Dec 6 Independence Day
Dec 24–26 Christmas

Changes may occur.



With the exception of the adults only to Mukulakatu ticket, all other tickets entitle to admission to the entire museum, including both permanent and temporary exhibitions and the children's museum Mukalakatu.

Museum ticket for adults 7 €
Adult + one child only to Mukulakatu 6 €
Students, pensioners, unemployed, children (1–18 years) 3 €
Children under 1 year for free
Family ticket (2 adults, 1–3 children) 12 €
Groups of more than 10 persons 3 €/person
Club card (valid for 12 months) 30 €/adults, 20 €/children

Museum Card is your ticket to North Karelian Museum and 300 other museums all around Finland. New card costs 69€, renewal of your old card costs 64 €. You can buy Museum Card from our museum.


Free Saturdays 2020

Free entry to North Karelian Museum and Joensuu Art Museum on the following Saturdays:

Jan 4 / Feb 1 / Mar 7 / Apr 4 / May 2 / Sep 5 / Oct 3 / Nov 7 / Dec 5

Special Days 2020

Free entry

  • International Museum Day (May 18)
  • Joen yö (August 28)
  • Joensuu Day (Nov 29)

Special Offers

  • Valentine's Day (Feb 14) two for the price of one
  • International Women's Day (Mar 8) two women for the price of one


Book a guided tour

Guided tours to the exhibitions are available by advance booking.The tour takes about 45 minutes.

  • Guided tour in English or Russian: 63 € (Saturdays 65 €, Sundays and public holidays 125 €)
  • Guided tour in Finnish: 58 € (Saturdays 60 €, Sundays and public holidays 115 €)

Bookings and enquiries
Tel. + 358 50 520 2762


Customer service

Customer service
Tel. +358 50 520 2762
mon–fri 9–15

Opening hours

Opening hours

We will open on 1st of June again

mon–tue, thu–fri 10–16
wed 10–19



Museum ticket 7 €
Students, pensioners, unemployed, children (1–18 years) 3 €
Family ticket (2 adults and 1–3 children) 12€

Museum card