Science Center Arktikum

Science Center Arktikum

Arktikum, located in Rovaniemi by the Ounasjoki river, is a museum and a science center that focuses on Lapland’s unique nature and culture. The center was founded in 1992, and houses many interesting permanent and temporary exhibitions.

The permanent exhibitions of Arktikum are:

  • Finland on the coast of the Arctic Ocean. This exhibition showcases the history and cultural life and diversity of Pechenga municipality (Petsamo in Finnish), that was a part of Finland from 1920 to 1944.
  • Arctic in Change. How today’s people (especially indigenous people) and arctic animals survive in the harsh nature of the arctic, and what kinds of new challenges they are facing currently and in the future.
  • Northern Ways. This exhibition explores the history of Finnish Lapland’s different regions through interesting stories of local people.
  • Polar Opposites. A fascinating 9-minute video show about Lapland’s nature throughout different seasons.

You can also book a paid guided tour for the exhibitions.

The science center also has its own café (currently closed due to COVID-19) and a souvenir shop that sells local design items and crafts. Near Arktikum there is also another science center called Pilke, that has an interactive exhibition on Finnish forests and forest industry.

Arktikum accepts the Finnish Museum Card.Tickets to Arktikum cost 15 euros for adults and 5 euros for children under the age of 15. Students, pensioners and unemployed people get discounts, and small children can enter the museum for free. A family ticket is also available. Science Center Arktikum is open from Tuesday to Friday from 9am to 5pm and on weekends from 10am to 4pm.


Pohjoisranta 4

96200 Rovaniemi

+358 16 322 3260