The Birthplace of Aleksis Kivi


Finland's national writer Aleksis Kivi (Stenvall) was born in the village of Palojoki in Nurmijärvi on 10 October 1834. The house where Aleksis Kivi lived was built in 1824 by his father Erik Stenvall, a tailor, right in the centre of the village.

At the age of 12, talented Aleksis Kivi was sent to school in Helsinki. However, his childhood home and its surroundings remained dear to him all his life. The landscapes and people of Nurmijärvi had a profound impact on Kivi's writing. These landscapes and their changes are presented in the photograph exhibition upstairs.

The Aleksis Kivi Society bought the house in 1947 and restored it to its original condition. The museum is furnished as a historic 19th century home and some of the objects currently displayed in the museum are originally from the Stenvall house.

Visit us

Palojoentie 271, 01940 Palojoki


Contact us

+358 40 317 4147
(During opening hours)

+358 40 317 4148
(Inquiries and guide booking outside opening hours)

Opening hours

Open by appointment, call +358 40 317 4148.

Aleksis Kivi's Day Monday 10th October from 12 pm to 4 pm

During Christmas exhibition "It's Christmas Eve"

Admission fees

  • adults 2 €
  • students, groups, pensioners
    1 €
  • Under 18 year-olds free

Guided tours

  • During opening hours guided tours are included in the admission fee
  • Outside opening hours guided tours are also available in English and Finnish, by appointment, with extra 20 € per group