The Sámi Cultural Centre Sajos

The Sámi Cultural Centre Sajos, Inari: Tickets, Tours, Hours, Address, The Sámi Cultural Centre Sajos Reviews: 4.5/5

The Sámi Cultural Centre Sajos

The Sámi Cultural Centre Sajos
4.5
9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Monday
9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Tuesday
9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Wednesday
9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Thursday
9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Friday
9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
About
The Sámi Cultural Centre Sajos is the largest conference and events venue in northern Lapland and serves as a centre for Sámi self-governance, culture, education and know-how. Modern conference premises, facilities and technology go hand in hand with genuine, living Sámi culture. The Sámi Parliament’s main office and parliament hall are located in the Sámi Cultural Centre Sajos, in the village of Inari. You may visit the Sámi Parliament House by taking part to guided tours, organized by the Sámi Cultural Centre Sajos. All Sámi Parliament’s plenum sessions are also open to public. Guided tours Sajos guided tours are organized on weekdays at 12 p.m. The guided tour takes about 45 min and during the tour you will get information about the Sámi Parliament in Finland and the Sámi Cultural Centre Sajos. At the end, a short film, Sápmi – The Way of Being, will be shown. The film lets you to see the life in Sápmi, as it is today. The price of the tour is 8 e
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Richardt1008
Walkhampton, UK301 contributions
Only visited the outside
Jan 2020
We came across this government building while geocaching (There's one in the grounds) and went back later to visit the shop but found it was closed. It is the seat of the Sami parliament, protecting their culture and promoting the Sami languages.
Written February 3, 2020
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Linda VB
25 contributions
Well worth a visit!
Nov 2019
Beautiful building, I recommend taking the tour at noon just so you can see the breathtaking film on Sami people. Nice shop with Sami handcrafts, books, and music on offer.
Written November 9, 2019
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Hannah S
6 contributions
Interesting insight into Sami Culture
Oct 2019 • Couples
This was an excellent place to visit. It’s a beautiful building. The video is a must watch for an insight into the Sami way of life. The exhibits are also interesting and the cafe served really delicious, reasonably priced food. I would recommend coming here on a day in Inari.
Written October 16, 2019
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cataloger
Huntington Beach, CA21 contributions
A great place to visit
Sep 2019
The outdoor exhibits of Sami life are well presented. Inside exhibits tell much about the Sami and their various branches.
Written September 4, 2019
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Lisa M
Chattanooga, TN143 contributions
Cultural Learning Opportunity
Sep 2018 • Friends
If you're a lifelong learner and enjoy learning about the local area and culture then The Sami Cultural Centre is a must see. My favorite room was the room of the seasons. They have a wonderful cafe that makes a nice lunch stop and a fabulous gift shop that has a wonderful selection and reasonable prices. I'm not a big souvenir shopper but I did spend some money here.
Written October 16, 2018
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GLS-ALS
Geneva, Switzerland350 contributions
Interesting inside in the life in Lappland
Feb 2018 • Friends
Large exhibit that will require easily 2 hours to see. It could be done faster but you will lose plenty of interesting information.
Gives a very good overview of the difficulties of life in this harsh land.
Written October 2, 2018
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Weary Travellery
Lexington, KY100 contributions
A must visit to learn about the Sami culture
Mar 2018 • Couples
You can't really appreciate an area until you appreciate the culture and how the people who live there ended up how they are today. No visit to Finland is complete without a trip through Lapland, and no visit to Lapland would be complete without a visit to this small but delightful and thoroughly informative museum.

The ground floor contains the extensive gift shop - plan to spend some time here before you go, highly recommended - and a few smaller exhibits. There are also exhibits of old wooden buildings outside but we skipped those due to the cold.

The second floor has the main exhibit hall and a small restaurant, which we didn't use. The main hall is a hollow square, with the "outside" arranged to depict the Sami lifestyle at each season of the year. Signs tell you know how much sunlight there is in any given month, which can give you pause when you realize these people were living and doing things in near-darkness for months at a time.

The "inside" of the square has detailed exhibits on all facets of Sami life, from how the culture evolved to center around reindeer and raising/herding them, the importance of all-season fishing, to how they lived a nomadic lifestyle in this harsh climate and even thrived on it. The information signs are arranged in a way that allows you to spend as much, or as little, time as you want studying each one. There are plenty of individual exhibits on the plants, animals and natural aspects of Lapland. All are well done.

As a bonus, when we visited, there was a children's exhibit, complete with child-sized Lapland wooden house fully-stocked with cooking utensils and play food, a small playground area and pretend "fishing" stream with stuffed trout and other gamefish for small anglers to catch.

All in all an enjoyable and informative couple of hours. Be sure to get a bag of reindeer meat chips on your way out the door - they're delicious.
Written March 24, 2018
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so3003
Cumbernauld, UK1,347 contributions
Enjoyable visit
Jan 2018 • Couples
We visited during our trip to Lapland and passed a pleasant few hours going around the centre. There were a few displays, including some nice artwork and a large permanent exhibition about local nature and how it adapts to the extreme weather conditions. The adjacent outdoor village was closed for the season so we couldn't explore that. There was a good cafe that was well stocked and reasonably priced. The local town also offers some nice walks and views, and was worth spending some time in. I'd recommend stopping here if you are passing and have some time to spare.
Written March 4, 2018
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Jasper K
Utrecht, The Netherlands133 contributions
Unexpectedly interesting
Jan 2018 • Couples
You wouldn't expect a nice and well made museum in a small place like Inari, but this one really surprised us.
Main exhibition gives a good overview of the culture and nature in the area.
Written February 12, 2018
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Wayne B
Guernsey, UK109 contributions
Worth a visit
Jan 2018 • Couples
Well worth 90 mins if you are wanting to understand the history and culture of the Sami’s. Certainly added to our four days in the region. The exhibition is well laid out, staff friendly and informative. Very good cafe with good range of food and drinks. Staff there very helpful also.
Written January 31, 2018
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