Science Centre Pilke
Science Centre Pilke
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10:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Tuesday
9:00 AM - 6:00 PM
Wednesday
9:00 AM - 6:00 PM
Thursday
9:00 AM - 6:00 PM
Friday
9:00 AM - 6:00 PM
Saturday
10:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Sunday
10:00 AM - 4:00 PM
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Do you feel attracted by northern forests? If so, your place is Pilke in Rovaniemi in Finnish Lapland near the Arctic Circle. The exhibition of the science center will take you for an exploration of current forest issues, while the Pilke Shop offers forest products to all senses.
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  • Paola E
    Helsinki, Finland93 contributions
    Fantastic place for small kids
    We loved this museum. Yes, it’s small but not lacking things to do. We spent over 2 hours there and had to drag the kids away (ages 5 and 7) because they could have easily filled another hour. I loved that the museum was interactive and clearly designed with children in mind (yet fun for adults too). For example the nearby Artikum is the opposite and the kids struggled there. In Pilke they had a lot to activities to do and they could touch whatever they wanted. We learned a lot about forests, sustainability, eco-friendly materials, Finnish nature. Both my kids gave it a 10/10. If you have small kids this is definitely a place you wanna visit! Tickets are affordable and children under 7 enter for free.
    Visited December 2020
    Traveled with family
    Written December 23, 2020
  • Veyza
    2 contributions
    An unusual playground
    If you want to play like if you were a child but you feel too adult for it, then visit Pilke, it's a museum, going to museums is okey for adults =) Just take at least one friend with you and it will be a good time. Relatively little information for a museum, just some curious facts and stories. Everything can be touched, cool photos are guaranteed. When your head is going to blow out full of knowledge after Arkticum you can relax in Pilke. 1-2 hours for a visit if you come with children or a big company of friends. Up to 4 people can manage in less than 1 hour
    Visited January 2020
    Written January 14, 2020
  • mick
    Cricklade, United Kingdom10 contributions
    Great Experience and Fun for Children and Adults alike.
    Great interactive centre for children. We went here in November 2021 with 3 children from 5 to 7 and they loved it. Plenty of things to try including climbing on a large log and tree cutter as well as other interactive displays. Also a nice cafe where you can eat your own food and purchase drinks.
    Visited November 2021
    Written December 1, 2021
  • Riddykin
    Oulu, Finland83 contributions
    Wonderful science centre for a short visit
    Firstly I have to say the centre is quite small. That surprised us at first. But when you enter the exhibition you realise the interactivness is the key to a great visit. Every little detail is well thought through. You get to experience the Northern forests with all senses! Our family had a great few hours touching, smelling, feeling and learning - also singing karaoke and getting lost in the woods. 😄 The staff here is super: do ask them for guidance. Also the Pilke shop is a good spot to scout for souvenirs.
    Visited October 2021
    Traveled with family
    Written March 12, 2022
  • Cliff M
    3 contributions
    Wonderful and fun experience
    Pilke science center, fun, educational for kids, adults and families, won't get bored. Also next door Arktikum museum, also fun and educational for kids, adults and family. Can get entry tickets for 3 attractions at a reasonable price and visit as many times as you like for 7 days.
    Visited October 2021
    Traveled with family
    Written October 12, 2021
  • Mikael F
    Helsinki, Finland30,625 contributions
    More for kids
    The wooden Pilke House is a combined office building of Metsähallitus and science center. It is located on the banks of the river Ounasjoki next to the Arktikum museum. So it is easy to combine the visits. Pilke gives information about forests and our relationship with them. There are many interactive things to try. Most of them are more for kids.
    Visited December 2020
    Written December 13, 2020
  • B T
    London, United Kingdom1,140 contributions
    Small and not much to see
    I thought this was overpriced for what you get. It should be renamed as it is much more about forestry than general science. There are very few artefacts to look at and most displays are more interactive and would be better for younger children (5-10). I didn't learn anything and would recommend going to the Arktikum instead. You can get combined tickets for here, the arktikum and the korundi centre but I would not buy a ticket especially to go in here.
    Visited November 2020
    Written November 30, 2020
  • Felix G
    17 contributions
    Interesting afternoon with some funny activities
    It was interesting but it looks like a lot of stuff focuses on wood and paper industry. Could be a bit of marketing to justify the needs for forest industry in Finland. The experiments were partially interesting but lot of it had no common context. I was missing a bit the concept (or did not understand it). However, it was entertaining and educational which was the main reason for our visit.
    Visited February 2022
    Traveled with family
    Written February 12, 2022
  • Lani U
    Old Forge, New York3 contributions
    Open your eyes to the world of wood at Pilke House in Rovaneimi!
    Pilke-house opened my eyes to new uses for wood and a greater understanding of the importance, not only Finnish of forests, but forests around the world! A delightful destination for children of all ages. Wonderful gift shop. Great educational and recreational resource. A "must-do" when in Rovaneimi.
    Visited September 2011
    Traveled on business
    Written October 21, 2011
  • Uolevi
    Rovaniemi, Finland8 contributions
    Something New and exiting!D
    Didn`t know this place existed! Nordic forests and their products in a funny and active way. Also the teens loved it.
    Visited September 2011
    Written September 26, 2011
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Riddykin
Oulu, Finland83 contributions
Oct 2021 • Family
Firstly I have to say the centre is quite small. That surprised us at first. But when you enter the exhibition you realise the interactivness is the key to a great visit. Every little detail is well thought through. You get to experience the Northern forests with all senses! Our family had a great few hours touching, smelling, feeling and learning - also singing karaoke and getting lost in the woods. 😄 The staff here is super: do ask them for guidance. Also the Pilke shop is a good spot to scout for souvenirs.
Written March 12, 2022
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Cliff M
3 contributions
Oct 2021 • Family
Pilke science center, fun, educational for kids, adults and families, won't get bored. Also next door Arktikum museum, also fun and educational for kids, adults and family.
Can get entry tickets for 3 attractions at a reasonable price and visit as many times as you like for 7 days.
Written October 12, 2021
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Mikael F
Helsinki, Finland30,625 contributions
Dec 2020
The wooden Pilke House is a combined office building of Metsähallitus and science center.

It is located on the banks of the river Ounasjoki next to the Arktikum museum. So it is easy to combine the visits.

Pilke gives information about forests and our relationship with them. There are many interactive things to try. Most of them are more for kids.
Written December 13, 2020
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of Tripadvisor LLC. Tripadvisor performs checks on reviews as part of our industry-leading trust & safety standards. Read our transparency report to learn more.

B T
London, UK1,140 contributions
Nov 2020
I thought this was overpriced for what you get. It should be renamed as it is much more about forestry than general science. There are very few artefacts to look at and most displays are more interactive and would be better for younger children (5-10). I didn't learn anything and would recommend going to the Arktikum instead. You can get combined tickets for here, the arktikum and the korundi centre but I would not buy a ticket especially to go in here.
Written November 30, 2020
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Felix G
17 contributions
Feb 2022 • Family
It was interesting but it looks like a lot of stuff focuses on wood and paper industry. Could be a bit of marketing to justify the needs for forest industry in Finland.

The experiments were partially interesting but lot of it had no common context. I was missing a bit the concept (or did not understand it). However, it was entertaining and educational which was the main reason for our visit.
Written February 12, 2022
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of Tripadvisor LLC. Tripadvisor performs checks on reviews as part of our industry-leading trust & safety standards. Read our transparency report to learn more.

Lani U
Old Forge, NY3 contributions
Sep 2011 • Business
Pilke-house opened my eyes to new uses for wood and a greater understanding of the importance, not only Finnish of forests, but forests around the world! A delightful destination for children of all ages. Wonderful gift shop. Great educational and recreational resource. A "must-do" when in Rovaneimi.
Written October 21, 2011
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Uolevi
Rovaniemi, Finland8 contributions
Sep 2011
Didn`t know this place existed! Nordic forests and their products in a funny and active way. Also the teens loved it.
Written September 26, 2011
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Nikolai N
Helsinki, Finland2 contributions
Aug 2011 • Friends
The Pilke-house is one of the biggest wooden structures in Finland and the exhibition tells about sustainable use of forests. Pilke- house is beautiful inside - You´ll be suprised when you'll enter to the lobby - Full of light, air and over 65 feet (20 meters) high wooden structure. And the best place - Science Center - is in the middle of this space. It´s not a big exhibition - but very interactive and innovative - We easily spent 2 hours and had lot of fun hunting, singing, discovering...
Written September 26, 2011
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beetu
Rovaniemi, Finland1 contribution
Dec 2011 • Friends
I've never been to Pilke before, and when i first got inside i was amazed how beautiful the building was from the inside. I don't think there is anything more you could do to improve it, there was much to do and to learn about the forest.
Written December 8, 2011
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Expedition69102
42 contributions
Mar 2019 • Family
Allow 1 to 2 hours. Kids and adults alike will enjoy this Pilke Center which is interactive with things to try, touch, test…
Written March 30, 2019
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