Aviation Museum of Central Finland

Jyväskylä, Finland

The Aviation Museum of Central Finland exhibits the aviation history of Finland, from the early 1900s until today. The exhibition consists of aircraft, engines and aircrew equipment which has been used by the Finnish Air Force. The equipment of the Air Force Signals Museum has its own section. A large collection of scale models gives a wider perspective to the whole field of aviation.

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Founded: 1979
Category: Museums in Finland
Historical period: Independency (Finland)

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4.6/5 (based on Google user reviews)

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Edward Hodges (2 months ago)
Not massive but crammed with engines, planes, helicopters, models and dioramas and even cockpits you can sit in. Well worth the cheap admission.
P A D (2 months ago)
A gem of an aviation museum tucked away in Central Finland. The Finnish Air Force is fairly unusual in that it has operated French, British, German, American, Swedish and Soviet aircraft (many at the same time) and retained some lovely example airframes of each. Tikkakoski also boasts some unique Finnish airframes, the only fully intact Bristol Blenheim in the work, and a Brewster fighter retrieved from a Russian lake. The main hangar is wonderfully set up for optimum viewing angles of all airframes, with an overhead walkway proving most useful indeed. All exhibits in the museum are in both Finnish and English, albeit some English translations are on sheets/leaflets to the side of some exhibits. The staff are courteous and helpful and the cafe/giftshop is small but charming. They stock aviation-themed sauna thermometers which must be the most Finnish thing ever. Overall my visit lasted around 2 - 2 1/2 hours. Getting to the museum isn't terribly easy without a car, but it is doable. I flew to Jyväskylä having pre-booked a taxi on the Jytaksi app to the museum and then took a bus from a nearby bus stop to Jyväskylä city centre afterwards. With some pre-planning it's not that hard. I combined this with a trip to Helsinki (a 3h 15min train ride away). Should you be planning a trip to Central Finland I highly recommend visiting Tikkakoski and enjoying this unique museum.
Jiří Marvan (12 months ago)
Very cool museum with 40+ aircraft of all uses and sizes. This is accompanied ons of models and also very informative panels about the history of Finnish aviation including interesting backstories of the blue swastika and home-made planes Tiira. Another cool feature is that you can sit in real cockpits of two real fighter jets (just the cockpit part present in this case). Part of the exhibits are outside but most of the museum is hosted indoors.
Michał Sacharewicz (2 years ago)
Awesome place for the aviation nerd ? Got two and a half SAAB J35 Drakens... the half being a front with a cockpit that you may sit inside (along MiG-21 too, so you can compare the east vs. west experience). The exposition is focused on Finnish air forces alone, and is very rich, extensive and well organised. Time very well spent!
Joel Cooke (2 years ago)
The museum overall is nicely setup with signage being mostly in English and Finnish. The museum has a nice collection of aircraft from the start of the Finnish Air Force, to the more recent era. It was nice to see a wide array of aircraft in Finnish colors, especially the world's only Brewster Buffalo and a Hawker Hurricane. I think that the overall pricing of the museum is reasonable for what you get, and I love the fact that they have balconies that allow you to overlook most of the aircraft. The one major downside to the museum is the terrible indoor lighting that casts a nasty orange tint on everything inside.
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