Northern Ways

Finland’s northernmost and largest province, Lapland has been home to permanent settlements and a broad network of northern peoples for thousands of years. Lapland has always attracted visitors, each of whom has left their mark there in one way or another. The Regional Museum of Lapland includes exhibitions that illustrate the history of Lapland, its cultures, nature, and other contemporary themes.

In this permanent exhibition you will see and hear the stories of the people and personalities that have had great influence in Lapland.  Also on display, is a thorough presentation of information about the animals and nature, as well as an overview of the stages of Lapland’s history from ancient times until present day. The exhibition is divided regionally into three parts: Rovaniemi, Southern Lapland and Upper Lapland. Familiarize yourself with Rovaniemi’s markets, the Lapland War, occupations and livelihoods in the north, unique natural characteristics, reindeer herding, as well as the Sámi people and the Petsamo region.


Please note that a new exhibition is being built at the moment in the upstairs section of Regional Museum of Lapland’s main exhibit. This includes the Sami-culture section. The new Petsamo-exhibition will open for visitors in 6.12.2017. We apologize for the disturbance.

The Lapland War
The Lapland War, 1944–1945, left both psychological and physical marks on the region. The destructive power of the Lapland War is easily understood upon observation of the scale models depicting Rovaniemi before and after the war.
Petsamo once provided Finland with direct access to the Arctic Ocean. This area was ceded to the Soviet Union during World War II. The exhibition focusing on Petsamo will be opening on 6.12.2017 and will include a expansive display of pictures, artifacts and archived materials describing the time during when which Petsamo belonged to Finland.
Lapland has always lived with a strong reliance on nature. Sustenance and food have been obtained from the offerings the wild could provide, such as berries, fish and larger animals like moose.

Arctic in Change

The everyday life and stories of Lapland.

Northern Ways

The everyday life and stories of Lapland.

Polar Opposites

Video presentation of the changing seasons in the north.


Hot stuff

Arctic dating and mating


100 Objects, 100 Pictures

A Century in the Collections of the Regional Museum of Lapland.

1.2.2017 – 14.1.2018


Arctic Expo 2017

– the highlights of Finnish Arctic Expertise


Adults 12 €
Seniors, unemployed and students 8 €
Children (7–15 years) 5 €
Children under 7 years free of charge
Admission to temporary exhibition 5 €
Family ticket 28 €

Price includes entry for 2 adults + 2 children aged 7-15 years + children under 7 years

Museum Card 64,90 €

The Museum Card allows you entry into more than 230 museums throughout Finland; valid for one year beginning on date of first use.

Culture Pass

Adults 20 €
Seniors, unemployed and students 15 €
Children (7-15 years) 10 €

Rovaniemi's top cultural attractions in a single ticket!

The Culture Pass opens the door to three exceptional culture locations in Rovaniemi. Journey through Lappish history and explore Arctic research at Arktikum, immerse yourself into the contemporary art of the north at Korundi, discover the importance of the northern forest and what powers the bio-economy at Science Centre Pilke.

The Culture Pass is valid for 7 days.