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 market square. The museum's permanent exhibition displays the prehistory and the history of Karelia and North Karelia. There are also several temporary exhibitions each year concentrating on various themes, such as local culture and history.

Please follow these guidelines while visiting the museum during the coronavirus pandemic:

  • wear a face mask inside the museum
  • use hand sanitiser/wash your hands when entering and leaving the museum
  • keep a safe distance to others (1-2 meters)
  • stay home if you are not well

Read more: www.joensuu.fi/english

Free Museum Saturdays, 2020

  • 5 December

Exhibitions in 2020

19 August 2020 – 17 January 2021
Stories from the River Pielisjoki

North Karelian Museum’s autumn exhibition explores the life, history and important places along the River Pielisjoki. The river runs 67 kilometres in the heart of North Karelia, connecting two great lakes, Lake Pielinen and Lake Pyhäselkä. For decades, it has provided a source of livelihood to North Karelians in the forms of fishing, timber rafting and woodworking industry.

The exhibition travels all the way from the starting point of the river in Uimaharju to its end in the city of Joensuu. Along the way, history comes alive with the help of photographs, everyday objects, a video installation, and people’s stories about the river.


Kanteleita Pohjois-Karjalan museossa
Permanent exhibition: Visiting Karelia

Some parts of the Visiting Karelia exhibition are currently closed (from 23 July 2020). There is still plenty to see in the museum!

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

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 it is not allowed to leave your child alone at Mukulakatu. Mukulakatu is closed on weekends (Saturday–Sunday).



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

Children's Museum Mukulakatu

Monday–Tuesday 10–16
Wednesday 10–19
Thursday–Friday 10–16
closed on Saturdays and Sundays

Exceptions 2020

The museum is closed on the following days.

31 Dec 2019 closing at 3 pm
1 Jan New Year
6 Jan closed Epiphany
10–13 Apr Easter
1 May May Day
21 May Ascension Day
19–21 June Midsummer
8–9 Aug (exhibition change)
15–16 Aug (exhibition change)
4 Oct closed
31 Oct & 1 Nov All Saint’s Day
6 Dec Independence Day
24–27 Dec Christmas
1 Jan 2021 New Year

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 (1–17 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.

Special Days 2020

Free entry

  • International Museum Day (18 May)
  • Joensuu Day (29 Nov)

Special Offers

  • Valentine's Day (14 Feb) two for the price of one
  • International Women's Day (8 Mar) 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 (1–17 years) 3€
Family ticket (2 adults and 1–3 children) 12€

Museum card