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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 market square. The museum's permanent exhibitions 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 2020

Feb 6–Aug 8
The Lost Mitten and Other Stories

Millions of people move from one country to another every day because of wars, persecution 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.

From Aug 19, 2020:
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 both birth and death. The vibrant North Karelian rock music scene also has its own exhibition room.

We hope “Visiting Karelia” will be a rewarding journey to you, providing information and insight along with emotional experiences.


Mukulakatu – Children's museum

Due to the covid-19 situation, Mukulakatu is currently closed.

“Mukulakatu” is a miniature museum street full of activities for our youngest visitors. The atmospheric alley of small wooden buildings completed with a marketplace and a harbor is built specifically for children. Please note that is not allowed to leave your child alone to Mukulakatu.



Koskikatu 5 (Carelicum)
80100 Joensuu

North Karelian museum is located in the centre of Joensuu close to the market square, ca 1 km from the train station. Show on map


Opening hours

Monday–Tuesday 10–16
Wednesday 10–19
Thursday–Sunday 10–16

Exceptions 2020

The museum is closed on 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 "Adult + one child only to Mukulakatu" ticket, all other ticket types include admission to the entire museum, including both permanent and temporary exhibitions and the children's museum Mukulakatu.

  • Museum ticket for adults 7 €
  • Combination ticket including North Karelian Museum and Joensuu Art Museum 10 € (valid on the day of purchase)
  • 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)
  • 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

Monday–Tuesday 10–16
Wednesday 10–19
Thursday-Sunday 10–16



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

Museum card