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Arktikum

Address: Pohjoisranta 4 | University of Lapland, Rovaniemi 96200 , Finland
Phone Number: 358 (0)16 322 3260
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Ranked #2 of 32 things to do in Rovaniemi
Type: History museums, Museums
Owner description: Arktikum in Rovaniemi is a museum, science centre and conference venue right on the Arctic Circle.
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Type: History museums, Museums
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Tue - Sun 10:00 am - 6:00 pm
Owner description: Arktikum in Rovaniemi is a museum, science centre and conference venue right on the Arctic Circle.

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Hasselt, Belgium
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52 reviews 52 reviews
23 attraction reviews
33 helpful votes 33 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 24, 2015 NEW

It's a museum where you get an insight in the history and culture of the region . Very well documented and organised , it gives information about the surrounding nature , the burning of Rovaniemi during WW II , the Sami culture . Certainly worth a visit .

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Brussels
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21 reviews 21 reviews
7 attraction reviews
20 helpful votes 20 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed February 21, 2015

The best part of the museum was the mini-planetarium with the northern lights animation featuring the firefox legend, which was well done. There were some interesting old films of the region,an ice cave and some pretty Sami costumes, but the rest was your run-of-the-mill stuffed mooses and bird calls; good if you're killing time before a flight. Overpriced though.

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Singapore, Singapore
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13 reviews 13 reviews
10 attraction reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed February 21, 2015

The design of Arktikum is nice. Basically, Arktikum shows displays of the history of Indigenous people, aurora and climatic changes. These displays gave my friends and I a booster knowledge. At the end of Arktikum building, it is facing a lake. We were told that we might see aurora from that direction if we were lucky. But we were not... More 

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Istanbul, Turkey
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112 reviews 112 reviews
35 attraction reviews
49 helpful votes 49 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 20, 2015

Is a small musuem but gives a comprehensive explanation on the history of Lapland area as well as the Sami population.

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Hong Kong, China
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11 reviews 11 reviews
4 attraction reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
3 of 5 stars Reviewed February 20, 2015

if you haven't read abt the Arctic, Lapland history and the Northern Lights then Arktikum can give you the background. Also worth a visit if you've done all the other outdoor excursions.

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London, United Kingdom
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60 reviews 60 reviews
34 attraction reviews
27 helpful votes 27 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed February 18, 2015

I didn't want to miss this, and was worried I ended up going quite late so couldn't even manage two hours here. I actually didn't quite spend an hour. It was a nice museum but quite 'dry' displays (ok, to me they were boring), so you move round quickly enough. The more interactive part for kids about the arctic was... More 

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Finland
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10 reviews 10 reviews
5 attraction reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 15, 2015

I am not keen to visit museums and only decided to go here as our visit was already paid for. We were visiting with small children and they found the museum very interesting. We looked through all sections and it took several hours to complete the tour. I was very positively surprised about the museum and we learnt a lot!

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Breda, The Netherlands
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129 reviews 129 reviews
75 attraction reviews
86 helpful votes 86 helpful votes
1 of 5 stars Reviewed February 15, 2015

We saw such positive TA reviews (and endorsements by locals) that we thought we should go to the arktikum. What a mistake. Sure, if you are really into museums that have a few Sami nicknacks you *might* like it, but there wasn't anything really interesting. A handful of stuffed animals, a few light up displays about the arctic, some costumes,... More 

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Turku, Finland
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3 reviews 3 reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 10, 2015

Im not that big fan of museums. There are just a few I do love. Arctikum is one of the top 3. If you can spend a day in Rovaniemi and don't visit the Aktikum you would miss a lot! You learn everything about the Arctic (not just Lapland) and the Sami culture in a very interactive, exiting and interesting... More 

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Ludwigsburg, Germany
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50 reviews 50 reviews
8 attraction reviews
323 helpful votes 323 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 3, 2015

We loved this museum. It's informative, and people around are really nice and are willing to help out with additional information. The best place is a kind of cinema where you can watch the aurora borealis - so beautiful!

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