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Pohjoisranta 4, Rovaniemi 96200 , Finland
358 (0)16 322 3260
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Ranked #2 of 22 Attractions in Rovaniemi
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Type: History Museums
Description: Arktikum in Rovaniemi is a museum, science centre and conference venue right on the Arctic Circle.
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13 reviews 13 reviews
5 attraction reviews
14 helpful votes 14 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 8, 2014

Spent a whole day here as it was so good and so vast. So much history told in a very understandable way. Exhibitions were easy to follow for our children.

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Melbourne, Australia
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47 reviews 47 reviews
30 helpful votes 30 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 15, 2014

Needed to do something to kill time in Rovaniemi before an evening flight on a rainy day so I thought I'd visit the Arktikum. I expected to maybe spend an hour there but I ended up spending a good 3-4 hours. This is a fascinating museum with a variety of displays ranging from the environmental to the historical. There were... More

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Canberra, Australia
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176 reviews 176 reviews
55 attraction reviews
186 helpful votes 186 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 12, 2014

We enjoyed the photographs and other displays showing the natural history of the area and the effects of glaciation. But the highlight was the museum display of human settlement and land use, including the Sami times and Finnish settlement. We were pleasantly surprised at the buffet prices in the restaurant. We had the beetroot soup with salad for €8.50, and... More

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28 reviews 28 reviews
5 attraction reviews
11 helpful votes 11 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 29, 2014

-Beautiful, enormous well-designed, unique building -Saami cultural clothes, artifacts, history, art -Polar science centre (northern lights, snowflake maker, aquarium) -Learn about hunting, Finnish history, mythology -Beautiful books, art, souvenirs in the gift shop

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The low lands
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80 reviews 80 reviews
15 attraction reviews
60 helpful votes 60 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed May 28, 2014 via mobile

Enourmous building, many and friendly personnel, but simplistic and far too broad science part. Little science to be found, many pictures, and malfunctioning animations. The culture part is a collection of what was found at the attic of the museum director's grandmother.

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Missoula, Montana
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6 reviews 6 reviews
3 attraction reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed May 22, 2014

A little heavy on the environmental message. We enjoyed the cultural display of local history through the ages.

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19 reviews 19 reviews
15 attraction reviews
9 helpful votes 9 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 3, 2014 via mobile

You could easily spend three hours if you read all and push buttons! One side is more interactive and about polar living, the other side is about Finnish culture and history. I don't have kids so really enjoyed the history part.

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Ciudad Real, Spain
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22 reviews 22 reviews
7 attraction reviews
10 helpful votes 10 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 20, 2014

lots of exhibitions, really nice place to visit! Learned about the inhabitants of the artic circle, the animals, the flora, the history...I bought the 20 euros ticket and could visit the three museums with it, but if you've got a student card from any university, you've got the student price.

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Toluca Lake, CA
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56 reviews 56 reviews
30 attraction reviews
37 helpful votes 37 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 4, 2014

This is a great museum, lot of things to see and interact with. I tried and didn't see the Northern Lights so I went here to see what I missed. There is a computer generated exhibit of the lights where you lay down and look up. In another area there is a video of the actual Northern Lights which is... More

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Dublin, Ireland
2 reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 1, 2014

Very interesting and unique! great customer service, would definitely recommend anyone to go while in Finland

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