Ainola - The home of Aino and Jean Sibelius
Welcome to the Ainola website. Here you can learn about the life and works of the great Finnish composer Jean Sibelius in the setting of his home.
Ainola stands on the scenic shores of Lake Tuusula in Järvenpää, about 30 minutes drive from the Finnish capital, Helsinki. It was the home of Jean Sibelius and his family from 1904. This timber-built villa was designed by the famous Finnish architect Lars Sonck. Its distance from the hustle and bustle of the nation’s capital gave the composer the peace that he needed for his creative endeavours, while other artistic families living in the neighbourhood provided a lively social circle.
Following the death of Jean Sibelius in 1957 and Aino Sibelius ten years later their five daughters sold Ainola to the Finnish State. The Ainola Foundation established in 1972 now administers the property as a museum. Ainola is open to the public during the summer months from May to September.