The Arctic Museum Nanoq was inaugurated in June 1991 and is the first Arctic museum in Europe to display the Arctic and Antarctica, as well as surrounding areas. During the 28 years that the museum has been in existence, it has grown to become a vibrant Arctic cultural centre, which is visited annually by thousands of guests from all over the world. The museum is also a tribute to the cultures of the last Arctic peoples. In 2005, Nanoq was chosen as the most interesting tourist destination in Finland.

The museum’s name Nanoq comes from Greenlandic and means polar bear. At Nanoq you can get acquainted with Arctic peoples, cultures and customs, and hear exciting stories from famous expeditions to the North and South Pole. In the area you can also go into different buildings that all have their own story to tell. In the main building we have a library where you can enjoy an interesting book.

Nanoq has had cooperation with various museums during the years, including the Andrée Museum in Gränna, the National Museum of Helsinki and the Leonardo da Vinci Museum in Italy.

News right now is the summer theme exhibition 2019!


In the summer there are three knowledgeable guides at Nanoq, who will be happy to guide guests in the museum area. If you would rather buy a guidebook and wander around at your own pace, you can of course do so. Several of the area’s buildings can also be rented!

Please book your guided tour in advance
+ 358-45-6401312, +358505830222


Entrance to the Museum:       

  • adults 10€
  • students 8€
  • children 5€

Guiding and entrance:

  • adults 15€
  • students 13€
  • children 5€

The entrance fee for children younger than 6 years is free!

The museum is open 

1 June – 31 August 2019

Monday – Sunday

At 11:00-18:00

During winter the museum is only open to orders!

Please contact
+ 358-45-6401312 or  +358505830222