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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.
Exhibitions in 2019
May 10–Sep 1
Excuse me, are you a popstar?
Stefan de Batselier's exhibition of his photographs of pop and rock stars. Read more about the exhibition here.
Sep 26–Jan 12 (2020)
Children's exhibition about Finnish forests, trees and animals, elves and goblins.
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.
Koskikatu 5 (Carelicum)
Jan 1 closed
Jan 6 closed
Feb 3 closed
Apr 19–22 closed
Apr 30 closing at 3 pm
May 1 closed
May 29 closing at 12 pm
May 30 closed
Jun 20 closing at 3 pm
Jun 21–23 closed
Aug 23 open 10–9 pm (Joen yö town festival)
Nov 2–3 closed
Dec 5 closing at 3 pm
Dec 6 closed
Dec 24–26 closed
Jan 1, 2020 closed
Changes may occur.
Museum ticket 5 €
Students, pensioners, unemployed, children (1–18 years) 3 €
Children under 1 for free
Family ticket (2 adults, 1–3 children) 11 €
Groups of more than 10 persons 3 €/person
Club card (valid for 12 months) 30 €/adults, 20 €/children
Museum Card 69/64 €
Museum tickets include children's museum Mukulakatu
Free Saturdays 2019
Free entry to the museum on the following Saturdays:
Feb 2 / Mar 3 / Apr 6 / May 4 / Sep 7 / Oct 5 / Nov 9 / Dec 7
Special Days 2019
Free entry on International Museum Day (May 18), Joen yö festival (Aug 23) and Joensuu Day (Nov 29).
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 museum are available by advance booking.
- Guided tour in English or Russian: 62 € (Saturdays 64 €, Sundays and public holidays 124 €)
- Guided tour in Finnish: 57 € (Saturdays 59 €, Sundays and public holidays 114 €)
Bookings and enquiries
Tel. + 358 50 520 2762
Tel. +358 50 520 2762