Museum of Student Life
The Museum of Student Life is currently the only museum in Finland exclusively presenting student life and culture. The museum, operated by Aalto University Student Union and maintained by volunteers, is located in the basement of Jämeräntaival 3 in Otaniemi. The museum was renovated at the beginning of the 2020s, when its activities and exhibition collection were expanded to cover the student cultures of the entire Aalto community — engineering, economics and arts. For its first 60 years, the museum operated under the name Polytechnical Students' Museum.
The museum presents the diverse cultures of Aalto University student community: the permanent exhibition focuses on art and music, events, publications, clothing and accessories, sports, housing and university campuses, as well as typical traditions of student cultures. Current themes emerging from the community are presented in a changing exhibition.
AYY's art collection is also presented in the museum's exhibition collections. We welcome additions to our continuously updated exhibition collection, especially stories and artefacts from the fields of economics and arts (please contact [email protected]).
Admission to the museum is free. The museum is open on Sundays from 2 pm to 4 pm during the academic terms. Tours are conducted by volunteer guides from the museum. The museum is also open by appointment. The museum is closed during the summer season (June-August) and at Christmas time.
The museum is located at Jämeräntaival 3, Otaniemi, Espoo. The entrance is a staircase to the basement at the base of the building's chimney, on the west wall of the staircase A. The guide sign on the chimney is visible from Jämeräntaival. The premises are not wheelchair accessible.
Briefly about student life in Aalto:
The Museum of Student Life is a museum presenting the history and present of the student cultures of Aalto University Student Union and its predecessors, run by a strong group of volunteers and museum staff at Jämeräntaival 3 A, Otaniemi, Espoo. Open during the academic terms on Sundays from 2 pm to 4 pm. Free admission. The premises are not wheelchair accessible.