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More information about our collections: 

Marjo Ahonen
curator, collections
tel. +358 50 566 2187
marjo.ahonen [at]

The collections of the museum now consist of 53 000 objects. The basic collection is made up of the old surviving collections that have been moved to Jyväskylä. It is our aim to add to the collection with careful selection and planning. From the present day we keep essential phenomena of the handicraft culture for the collection. Quality is more important than quantity in the collections at the moment. 

The museum’s reference library consists of more than 7 300 publications on handicraft, the craft industry and just about everything made by hand. The collection of the library also includes Finnish and foreign magazines. Most of the material is in Finnish.

Photographs form their own collection, which concists of around 90 800 photographs. The earliest photographs are glass negatives from the 1930s. 

Old Finnish collection

There are 3 075 catalogued objects in the collection assembled between 1906 and 1945. The majority are textiles, such as pieces of cloth, ribbons and various tablecloths. The collection also includes a number of wickerwork items, such as baskets and dishes and boxes made of birchbark. The majority of the wooden objects are boxes, dishes, various household objects and scale models.

Foreign collection

The 1 200 or so objects mainly originate from Russia, Sweden, Norway and France. The foreign collection was meant for comparison and to serve as an example to domestic producers. The oldest part, the French collection of 619 objects, was bought by Vera Hjelt as early as 1889 during a journey she made to the Paris Exposition. Nowadays this collection of some 420 objects includes, in addition to industrial products, a collection of objects made of pulp, which is something unusual.

The Russian collection

The Russian collection is the most varied and systematic in terms of content. It was assembled by Lauri Mäkinen during his journey to Southern and Central Russia in 1912. The collection was augmented by later purchases at the 1913 St. Petersburg Home Industry Exhibition. The collection includes, for example, wooden household dishes, vases, shelves, objects made of birchbark, boxes as well as miniatures of household objects and utensils. There are also many textiles.

The Nordic collection has been accumulated very sporadically. Most of the objects originate from Norway, such as gobelins and objects decorated with leaves. The Swedish items are mainly textiles, samples of cloth as well as ribbons and lace. The collection only includes a few objects from Denmark.

Ptohographs for free use

you can download photographs for your own use:

When a photographs is used, the Craft Museum of Finland as well ase the photographers name must be mentioned.