Ainola is the Art Nouveau wooden villa of composer Jean Sibelius and his wife Aino Sibelius (née Järnefelt). The Sibelius family lived in the villa in Järvenpää for over 60 years.Ainola was part of the Tuusulanjärvi artist community that formed in the early years of the 1900s. Nearby lived artist couple Juhani Aho and Venny Soldan-Brofeldt, poet H. Erkko, painter Pekka Halonen and even Aino Sibelius’ brother, painter Eero Järnefelt with his family.

One of the key Art Nouveau architects Lars Sonck designed the wooden villa for Sibelius family. In accordance with Jean Sibelius’ wishes, Sonck designed the composer’s workroom to open to the Tuusulanjärvi lake and the green tile fireplace that is in the middle of the hall. The ground floor was completed in 1904 and the 1st floor rooms were completed in 1911.

Aino Sibelius was very intrested in gardening and developed the Ainola garden throughout her life. She even grew various vegetables to keep her family in food in times of difficulties with the economy. The garden is an important part of the Ainola estate.

Jean Sibelius died in Ainola in 1957. Aino Sibelius lived in Ainola for the rest of her life. Aino and Jean Sibelius have been buried in the estate. Their son in law, architect Aulis Blomstedt designed the tombstone. The villa has been preserved to the state it was in 1969 at the time of Aino Sibelius death. Ainola is open at the summertime as a museum.

Location

Ainolankatu , Järvenpää
60.4550416, 25.0862136

Images

Main entrance, Aino and Jean Sibelius’ Ainola
Main entrance, Aino and Jean Sibelius’ Ainola (© Teuvo Kanerva / NBA)
View from the garden, Aino and Jean Sibelius’ Ainola
View from the garden, Aino and Jean Sibelius’ Ainola (© Soile Tirilä / NBA)
Jean and Aino Sibelius with daughters Margareta, Katarina and Heidi in front of Ainola in 1915, Aino and Jean Sibelius’ Ainola
Jean and Aino Sibelius with daughters Margareta, Katarina and Heidi in front of Ainola in 1915, Aino and Jean Sibelius’ Ainola (© Eric Sundström / NBA)
The Sibelius family in 1915 in the dining hall, the green tile fireplace on the left, Aino and Jean Sibelius’ Ainola
The Sibelius family in 1915 in the dining hall, the green tile fireplace on the left, Aino and Jean Sibelius’ Ainola (© Eric Sundström / NBA)
Interior in 1915, Aino and Jean Sibelius’ Ainola
Interior in 1915, Aino and Jean Sibelius’ Ainola (© Eric Sundström / NBA)
Ainola staff, nanny Aino Kari and cook Helmi Vainikainen photographed in their room in 1915, Aino and Jean Sibelius’ Ainola
Ainola staff, nanny Aino Kari and cook Helmi Vainikainen photographed in their room in 1915, Aino and Jean Sibelius’ Ainola (© Eric Sundström / NBA)
View from the garden, Aino and Jean Sibelius’ Ainola
View from the garden, Aino and Jean Sibelius’ Ainola (© Volker von Bon / NBA)