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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 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. You can find an audio guide to our permanent collection here.

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

 

Exhibitions 2022

15 Sept 2022–8 Jan 2023
Urbaretum 

Urbaretum – a collection of urban findings is an exhibit of the dialogue between archeological findings and Pasi Rajamäki’s photographs on the relationship between trash and treasures. By comparing these elements we can also consider how wasteful humankind is—how many incidental signs of existence we’ve left behind throughout the ages.

Photo: Pasi Rajamäki

 

Kanteleita Pohjois-Karjalan museossa

Permanent exhibition: Visiting Karelia

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.

NEW! You can listen to an audio guide on your phone while visiting us, open the guide here. For the best museum experience, please bring your own headphones.

 

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.

 

Past exhibitions

12 May­–28 Aug 2022

Unforeseen

Unforeseen is based on donated objects and photographs that have not been on display before in the entire 105-year history of North Karelian Museum.  The common theme for all the memorabilia in this exhibition is home and living – the oldest pieces represent the more unusual decorative objects from late 19th century bourgeois homes, e.g. a fireplace cover folding screen and a tobacco table. Many of the more recent objects may bring back memories, perhaps you had the same coffee mug, plate, vase or electric mixer at your grandmother’s home, your summer cottage or your home.

Photo: Armi Jaloniemi / North Karelian museum

2 Feb–14 April 2022
East is East

Photographer Kimmo Kirves and culture journalist Suonna Kononen bring a colourful overview to East Finnish culture makers, artists and researchers through editorial photos at Hilma Museum. Kononen and Kirves interviewed people from four eastern counties: North Savo, South Savo, North Karelia and South Karelia. East is east -exhibition is based on a book by the same name. The book is a collection of these fascinating encounters. 

In the photo musician Joose Keskitalo, photo by Kimmo Kirves.

 

10 June–12 Sept 2021
East of Finland in Photography

The East of Finland in Photography is an amusing and wistful story of people, nature and boundaries. It tells of the heroes of the east – maidens spinning thread, loggers, hunters and evacuated Karelian mothers – but also how the modern cities of the east were built. The exhibition wanders through a mythical land, opening a window on life in the regions of Karelia, Savo and Kainuu. Its chronological span of photographs from the 1860s up to the present day reveals how the east has been seen at different times and how it has been chosen to be represented. The exhibition has been curated by visual culture researcher Riitta Raatikainen.

 

Location

Koskikatu 5 (Carelicum)
80100 Joensuu
Finland

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

North Karelian museum and Children's Museum Mukulakatu

Monday–Tuesday 10 am–4 pm
Wednesday 10 am–7 pm
Thursday–Sunday 10 am–4 pm

 

Exceptions 2022

1 Jan 2021 closed, New Year
6 Jan closed, Epiphany
15, 17–18 Apr closed, Easter
26 May closed, Ascension Day
24–26 June closed, Midsummer
5 Nov closed, All Saints' Day
6 Dec closed, Independence Day
24–26 Dec closed, Christmas

Changes may occur.

 

Open Days 2022

There's a free entrance to the museum on theme days. Year 2022 open days are as follows: Kalevala day 28 February, International Museum Day 18 May, Finnish Day of Visual Arts 10 July, Joe's Night 19 August, Joensuu Day 29 November.

 

Tickets

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 8 €
  • Combination ticket including North Karelian Museum and Joensuu Art Museum 12 € (valid on the day of purchase)
  • Adult + one child only to Mukulakatu 7 €
  • Students, pensioners, unemployed, children (1–17 years) 4 €
  • Children under 1 year for free
  • Family ticket (2 adults, 1–3 children) 14 €
  • Groups of more than 10 persons 4 €/person
  • Club card to Mukulakatu (valid for 12 months) 31 €
  • Museum Card is your ticket to North Karelian Museum and 300 other museums all around Finland. New card 74 €, renewal of valid card 69 € (valid 1 year from first use).
     

Audio Guide

https://tarinasoitin.fi/hilma
 

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: 65 € (Saturdays 68 €, Sundays and public holidays 130 €)
  • Guided tour in Finnish: 60 € (Saturdays 62 €, Sundays and public holidays 120 €)

Bookings and enquiries
pohjoiskarjalanmuseo@joensuu.fi
Tel. + 358 50 520 2762

 

Customer service

Customer service

pohjoiskarjalanmuseo@joensuu.fi
Tel. +358 50 520 2762
Monday–Friday 9 am–3 pm

Opening hours

Opening hours

Monday–Tuesday 10 am–4 pm
Wednesday 10 am–7 pm
Thursday–Sunday 10 am–4 pm

Tickets

Tickets

Museum ticket 8 €
Students, pensioners, unemployed, children (1–17 years) 4 €
Family ticket (2 adults and 1–3 children) 14 €

Museum card