Arktikum
10:00 AM - 6:00 PM
Tuesday
10:00 AM - 6:00 PM
Wednesday
10:00 AM - 6:00 PM
Thursday
10:00 AM - 6:00 PM
Friday
10:00 AM - 6:00 PM
Saturday
10:00 AM - 6:00 PM
Sunday
10:00 AM - 6:00 PM
About
Open your eyes to the Arctic! Arktikum museum and science centre is an all year round destination and one of the must sees in Rovaniemi, Finnish Lapland. Arktikum lets you experience northern nature, culture, and history up close. Also, it is a place where the mystery of the northern lights is revealed with an animation, facts and stories. That and so much more about the life in the North is explained in our exhibitions. Alongside the exhibition visit, we recommend visiting our café. You’ll get to savour the colourful northern harvest in our lunch buffet and soak in arctic design on your coffee break. Arktikum Shop offers high-quality Lappish products and souvenirs. KINDLY NOTE: The science centre exhibition at Arktikum is being renewed from April 1st to December 5th, 2024. Welcome to explore the new exhibition “Arctic Opposites” starting December 6th, 2024! The Regional Museum of Lapland exhibition in Arktikum is open as usual.
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  • DadandCab
    Coffs Harbour, Australia1,237 contributions
    3.0 of 5 bubbles
    A bit staid compared to other museums
    If this is your first, or the only museum that you will visit in the Artic or Lapland, then take the opportunity and definitely visit here. If it isn’t, perhaps take a break? I’d already visited a couple of very good cultural museums in Swedish and Finnish Lapland plus several artic museums, and each time, I’ve been surprised to find a wealth of new subjects and ways of displaying information making it new and interesting to look at. Unfortunately, not so here although perhaps I have just reached saturation point? The main display I found to be of interest here was regarding Petsamo. Lots of information, personal stories, well laid out and not something covered in detail elsewhere. Some smaller art displays were also interesting. I felt the artic display was cramped, lacking in modern, innovative, well presented information despite there being some interactive exhibits. The section of the northern lights display I saw were uninspiring and not looking at all like the real thing. I also found the main glass hall unbearably hot and stuffy although I’m sure this isn’t an issue in winter! Not my best museum experience.
    Visited August 2023
    Traveled solo
    Written August 14, 2023
  • Ignas K
    Kaunas, Lithuania136 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    Dive in Lapland culture
    The big part of museum is interactive, so kids enjoyed it a lot and simplicity of explanation helped them to understand everything. It touches all parts - daily life of locals, nature, history of all region an Rovaniemi town itself. Only one thing why we are giving four stars is that not all parts of stands were working properly at that time
    Visited August 2023
    Traveled with family
    Written September 23, 2023
  • WorldGlutton
    London, United Kingdom23,217 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    A must visit Arktikum
    Arktikum is a beautiful museum designed by a Danish architect Claus Bonderup, his bust figure is prominently displayed by the walkway. At the entrance ticket service counter, we bought 2 adults, 2 seniors & 1 student ticket. There is a gift shop selling souvenirs . Lockers are available to keep our coats and bags. A row of chairs are neatly placed for visitors to sit while waiting for their group to start the tour. We select our language flyer & audio guide, then proceed into the exhibit halls.. A very well organized History & Science Museum that exhibit with lots of write up about the history of Lapland , The wars 1939-1945, where Germany and the Soviet Union fought over Finland before & after WW2 . The Rovaniemi miniatures depicted many stories of its people with display of family heirlooms and furnitures. There are exhibits on the Sami people , Sami Crafts and other indigenous peoples of the Arctic. A part of its Nature Exhibit shows how they have historically lived with animals, snow & climate change. I liked the aurora borealis theatre, where we lay down comfortably on benches and peacefully enjoy watching the northern lights show on the ceiling. So much to see and read, it needs few hours to be able to see the whole exhibition, plenty of pictures taking opportunity, but it’s a pity that I could not post it all onto my review. However if you do get a chance to visit Finland, do not miss Arktikum in Rovaniemi, Lapland.
    Visited October 2023
    Traveled with family
    Written November 18, 2023
  • Ecesenay
    Antalya, Türkiye44 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Must-see in Rovaniemi
    The museum is child friendly and interactive, having lots to discover. The architecture of the museum was so nice and the christmas markets during December gives an extra joy to the visit. For the ones who cannot catch auroras, there is a small video room that gives you the feeling a bit.
    Visited December 2023
    Traveled with family
    Written December 11, 2023
  • Pepijn T
    Kathmandu, Nepal19 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    Very nice museum for adults and kids. We have spent 2,5h there, enjoyed it.
    Very nice museum for adults and kids (10 and 12). I read some comments that it's a bit out-dated, and i do recognize that, but we all still enjoyed it. We spent 2,5 hours there. They also serve a nice lunch. Unfortunately not enough lockers for all visitors to keep their stuff, especially during wintertimes (more clothes). This should not be so difficult to fix.....
    Visited January 2024
    Traveled with family
    Written January 7, 2024
  • Choo H
    58 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Must do in Rovaniemi
    A must visit in Rovaniemi in my opinion. Adult ticket is 18 euro, student is 11 euro. Time spend around 1-2 hours. Basically everything you need to know about the arctic circle is explained properly.
    Visited January 2024
    Traveled with family
    Written January 16, 2024
  • Annemay Hogeling
    40 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Entertaining and educational
    Very enjoyable museum, interactive and allowing you to play little games and use all your senses to fully understand the arctic living and culture. I saw both kids and adults having fun here which I know to be a sign that it's a good museum, educative and entertaining both. Beautiful building as well
    Visited February 2024
    Traveled as a couple
    Written February 23, 2024
  • Antonio M
    Sydney, Australia24 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    Hidden Gem in Rovaniemi
    Was in Rovaniemi for 3days with a travelling group and had 3 hours of Free time, so we decided to go to this Museum, which covers all facets of living in the Arctic, and particularly Lapland, which covers all 4 nations. There was the permanent science exhibitions about the northern lights and the Arctic seasons. They had a temporary exhibition about Sami culture and wildlife, presented via photography and artefacts, which was well presented The building itself is quite impressive, with its glass roof and low impact on the environment. We also ate lunch at their cafeteria and for 15Euros we enjoyed a decent, delicious meal, with vegetarian options, with coffee/tea included. They also had food options as well. Whilst we enjoy science stuff in general, our time in this museum flew by and we got to see all of it. I would have spent longer, if time permitted. The museum was cleverly curated to appeal to lots of visitors.
    Visited March 2024
    Traveled as a couple
    Written March 12, 2024
  • Sars560
    Tamworth, United Kingdom252 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Stunning architecture and Informative exhibits
    We visited here on a particularly blizzard-y day to kill a few hours before our flight home. We enjoyed it a lot... lots to look at from the permanent exhibits and a stunning building to enjoy for a few hours. Exhibits have both Finnish and English accompanying text.
    Visited March 2024
    Traveled with family
    Written April 1, 2024
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barbara gacv
Viana do Castelo, Distrito de Viana do Castelo, Norte de Portugal155 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jan 2020 • Solo
Part of a group of three museums in Rovaniemi, which you can get to visit by paying 20euros at the reception desk of any of them, and them jump from one to the others only by showing the bracelet that had been given to you in the first one you have visited. Great collection of items and a functional display that anyone from any age can interact, understand and absorb. A must see in Rovaniemi.
Written February 1, 2020
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Sergio C
Poznan, Poland6 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Dec 2019
Between 3 to 4 different areas to see, you learn a lot, everything is enjoyable. I really enjoyed the photography and the history of the Sami people. The museum is in an incredible position in Rovaniemi, you can see the bridge and the river. With you ticket for one week you can see the 3 museums and enter more than one time ;)
Written April 14, 2020
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BarnieGal
Kingston, Canada111 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Nov 2022 • Friends
This is a lovely museum with a number of exhibits about the arctic, the sammi and the Finnish life and history. It is a nice setting with a reasonable number of exhibits and provides walkable options if you are staying in Rovaniemi - you can buy a pass for all theee museums for 20 euro or pay the entry fee for individual museums. A guide from Nordic Unique travels told us on a clear night it is possible to see the northern lights from behind this museum.
Written November 29, 2022
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Shuki Z
Kiryat Tivon, Israel250 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2020
I really enjoyed visiting the museum and learning about life in the Arctic in the summer and winter and how the Lapps lived in the area in the past.
I was especially impressed with the room in which the Aurora video is projected.
Definitely recommended to anyone coming to Lapland.
Written March 6, 2020
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Massimiliano V
Rome, Italy50 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Nov 2019
The museum architecture worths the visit. The central area completed covered by glass and the view right on the river is a faschinating and amazing experience. The exposition was a great and really useful overview about the Lapland and lappish population history.
Written January 27, 2020
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WorldGlutton
London, UK23,217 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Oct 2023 • Family
Arktikum is a beautiful museum designed by a Danish architect Claus Bonderup, his bust figure is prominently displayed by the walkway.

At the entrance ticket service counter, we bought 2 adults, 2 seniors & 1 student ticket. There is a gift shop selling souvenirs . Lockers are available to keep our coats and bags. A row of chairs are neatly placed for visitors to sit while waiting for their group to start the tour. We select our language flyer & audio guide, then proceed into the exhibit halls..

A very well organized History & Science Museum that exhibit with lots of write up about the history of Lapland , The wars 1939-1945, where Germany and the Soviet Union fought over Finland before & after WW2 .

The Rovaniemi miniatures depicted many stories of its people with display of family heirlooms and furnitures. There are exhibits on the Sami people , Sami Crafts and other indigenous peoples of the Arctic.

A part of its Nature Exhibit shows how they have historically lived with animals, snow & climate change. I liked the aurora borealis theatre, where we lay down comfortably on benches and peacefully enjoy watching the northern lights show on the ceiling.

So much to see and read, it needs few hours to be able to see the whole exhibition, plenty of pictures taking opportunity, but it’s a pity that I could not post it all onto my review. However if you do get a chance to visit Finland, do not miss Arktikum in Rovaniemi, Lapland.
Written November 19, 2023
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.

Antonio M
Sydney, Australia24 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2024 • Couples
Was in Rovaniemi for 3days with a travelling group and had 3 hours of Free time, so we decided to go to this Museum, which covers all facets of living in the Arctic, and particularly Lapland, which covers all 4 nations. There was the permanent science exhibitions about the northern lights and the Arctic seasons. They had a temporary exhibition about Sami culture and wildlife, presented via photography and artefacts, which was well presented

The building itself is quite impressive, with its glass roof and low impact on the environment. We also ate lunch at their cafeteria and for 15Euros we enjoyed a decent, delicious meal, with vegetarian options, with coffee/tea included. They also had food options as well.

Whilst we enjoy science stuff in general, our time in this museum flew by and we got to see all of it. I would have spent longer, if time permitted.

The museum was cleverly curated to appeal to lots of visitors.
Written March 12, 2024
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Sanna H
Helsinki, Finland106 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Jun 2020 • Couples
We saw the Arctic display and the Lapland history display. I really enjoyed the Arctic display as it was interactive and fun for all ages. I would recommend going here to get a good overview of the nature and situation in the Arctic. Also the history side have a good explanation about how Finland changed during the wars. Tickets were 15€ for adults and I thought it was good value for my money.
Written June 28, 2020
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Mikael F
Helsinki, Finland31,235 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Dec 2020
This striking building opened to the public on 6 December 1992, the 75th anniversary of Finland's independence.

Here you can experience northern nature, culture, and history. This museum really opens your eyes to the Arctic.

The museum has two separate exhibitions: the Arctic Center, and the Provincial Museum of Lapland. On our visit, there was also a small art exhibition, a photo exhibition, and a gingerbread exhibition.
Written December 13, 2020
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Margo
Vilnius, Lithuania40 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Nov 2021 • Friends
Incredible exhibitions on different topics. Great display of the artefacts and use of modern technology. Will keep even the youngest visitors engaged and the older ones will definitely not be be bored as well. Great place to learn about the culture, nature and history of Finland. If your in Ravaniemi, you should definitely see this museum.
Written December 22, 2021
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