What is Malva?

Answers to frequently asked questions

  • Malva is a brand-new museum of visual arts in Lahti, Finland. Malva unites two museums from Lahti – the Lahti Art Museum and the Poster Museum – and brings together their thrilling content and impressive exhibitions under one roof.

    We are committed to creating an incredible museum at Malski, offering new and exciting experiences of art, posters and design!

  • Malva is located in downtown Lahti, about an hour’s train ride from Helsinki. Malva is part of the Malski Centre that has been built in an old brewery. In addition to the museum, Malski features a variety of restaurants.

  • Malva will open to the public in spring 2022. Follow us on social media – we will tell you more bit by bit!

  • We will open Malva with three exciting exhibitions.

    A visiting international exhibition on the first floor will be revealed by the end of 2021.

    The second floor will be taken over by the Lahti International Poster Triennial. The Poster Triennial is a world-famous graphic art contest and exhibition.

    Treasures from the museum’s own collections will be exhibited on the third floor.

  • The name of the new museum, Malva, expresses above all where we are and what we do. The first part of the name includes a central landmark in Lahti, the Mallasjuoma factory property or Malski, where the museum is located. The rest comes from Visual Arts, and reminds of what the museum has to offer.

Malva is a brand-new museum of visual arts in Lahti, Finland. Malva unites two museums from Lahti – the Art Museum and the Poster Museum – and brings together their thrilling content and exciting exhibitions under one roof.

Malva and its amazing exhibitions open in Spring 2022 in an old brewery building in the city centre of Lahti. Two of Malva’s three opening exhibitions have already been published: The Lahti International Poster Triennial gathers the greatest names of graphic design under one roof. Roots – Treasures from the Collections will exhibit great pieces of art, posters and Finnish furniture design. Many of the pearls in our art collection were relocated to Lahti from Vyborg Art Museum in 1950. The third opening exhibition will be published in October.

The new museum Malva has roughly 2000 m2 of designated exhibition space. Malva will have three grand galleries and multiple smaller galleries. The museum will also include a Makerspace that can be used both as a workshop and an auditorium.