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The Aalto House

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Address: Riihitie 20, Helsinki 00330, Finland
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The home of famous Alvar Altotel +358 (0)9 481 350 riihitie@alvaraalto.fi...

The home of famous Alvar Altotel +358 (0)9 481 350 riihitie@alvaraalto.fi Alvar Aalto 1936

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A must for architecture fans

I prefer house museums in new cities because I like getting a feel for how real people lived in their time. And this is a house museum of a very special kind. Sure Aalto is a God... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed 4 weeks ago
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Los Angeles
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38 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 60 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

I prefer house museums in new cities because I like getting a feel for how real people lived in their time. And this is a house museum of a very special kind. Sure Aalto is a God of 20th c. architecture so that makes poking around his home fun. But the real charm is the intimacy of the place: it's... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 17, 2015

The house and studio are a little outside the city center but accessible by public transportation, although we used Uber. A great tour and history of this important family in Design and architecture. The tour was given in English.

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Hong Kong, China
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38 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 16, 2015

We had a guided tour for both his house and his studio. The two guides were detailed and professional with their explanations. Definitely recommended for architecture fans or anyone who's interested in getting to know Aalto's life.

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Baltimore, Maryland
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37 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 14 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 12, 2015

If you're visiting Finland, you're probably Finnish or an architect or other design junkie, right? So you definitely need to visit the home (and studio) of Alvar Aalto, one of the most influential modern architects ever--yes, there's a reason there's a poster signed by his buddy, Corbusier, hanging in the living room, and a Calder sculpture sitting on the shelf.... More 

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Oulu
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5 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 3, 2015

Nice to visit at the private house. The house is open only with a guided touring at the specific times. Our tour was with people around the world and it was nice to notice how the see Finnish architect in different ways.

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Copenhagen, Denmark
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 112 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 20, 2015

You have to be more than interested in architecture to find this place interesting and to pay to entrance of 17 euro! You are only allowed on guided tours which take about 20 minutes - then you have seen it all- inclusive the garden.

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Helsinki Finland
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 13, 2015

For me, this Place is boring, but I guess that for the Aalto-enthusiasts, worth a visit. But not for the rest of us

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London, United Kingdom
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143 reviews
56 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 78 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 19, 2015

If you love modern architecture and interior design then this place is a MUST! The impact Alvar Aalto has had on so many modern architects cannot be underestimated and his work can be seen (albeit in an inspired way- not copied) in the houses of almost everyone who has shopped at IKEA. Our guide had spent time in Japan and... More 

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Melbourne, Australia
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 180 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 5, 2015

The house designed by Alvar Alto is fascinating. It was certainly ahead of its time, and reminded me of of a 1960s version of American architect, Frank Lloyd Wright, with all fittings designed by the creator of the house. Unfortunately the guide we had tended to repeat herself. There is nowhere to sit and we became very tired standing for... More 

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Portland, Oregon
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 261 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 19, 2015

Aalto designed a monastery that we have visited near our home, so we wanted to tour his house. We relied on our GPS to find the house in a residential neighborhood of Helsinki. Tours were offered on the hour. Our Finnish guide gave our tour in English, and she answered our many questions. Alvar Aalto designed the house and lived... More 

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