Life and Death from the Late Iron Age to the Middle Ages

Was Lapland as distant and unexplored as it is often believed? Were the inhabitants of the region powerless taxpayers to the Swedish crown at times, to the agents of Novgorod at other times, or to anyone else? Did Catholic bishops arrange Northern religious matters according to their own preferences? Research has advanced significantly in the 21st century, and although there is still much we do not know, we can now critically examine old beliefs.

"Life and Death from the Late Iron Age to the Middle Ages" -exhibition is based on the latest archaeological research in Northern Finland and primarily examines the period from the 9th to the 16th century. The exhibition explores, among other things, the changes in Northern communities brought about by trade and the resulting prosperity. It also provides an overview of burial customs and their development, shedding light on what they reveal about communities, their beliefs, and livelihoods. The North could be a dangerous place, and locals carried weapons for a reason. What do these weapon finds tell us about ancient Lapland and its inhabitants?

The exhibition opens on Wednesday, May 8, 2024, and will be accompanied by a publication complementing the exhibition. The exhibition script and book were written by Jari-Matti Kuusela, an archaeologist at the Regional Museum of Lapland.

Welcome to the opening on Wednesday, May 8, 2024, at 6:00 PM


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Life and Death from the Late Iron Age to the Middle Ages

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Adults 11 € (norm. 18€)
Seniors, unemployed, students 7 € (norm. 11€)
Children (7-15 years) 3 € (norm. 5€)
Children under 7 years free of charge
Admission to temporary exhibitions 3 € (norm. 6€)

Family ticket 24 € (norm. 40€)

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

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Museum Card 79,00 €

The Museum Card allows you entry into more than 370 museums throughout Finland; valid for one year beginning on date of first use.

Culture Pass

Adults 25 €
Seniors, unemployed, students 20 €
Children (7-15 yrs.) 10 €
Family 55€ (2 adults + 2 children 7-15 yrs. OR 1 adult + 3 children 7-15 yrs.)
Children under 7years free or charge

Culture Pass is your ticket to three of Rovaniemi’s premier cultural attractions. Experience northern nature, art, history and phenomena in many exciting ways:

Korundi House of Culture
Discover new and daring northern perspectives through contemporary art.

Arktikum Science Centre and Museum
Your introduction to life in the north: Arctic issues and the history and culture of Lapland.

Science Centre Pilke
Explore northern forests, the sustainable use of wood and the possibilities of bioeconomy by doing and experiencing.

Culture Pass is personal and valid for 7 days – visit the three attractions as many times as you like. Welcome to the north!

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