Siida is home to the Sámi Museum and Northern Lapland Nature Centre. Siida arranges exhibitions on Sámi culture and the nature of Northern Lapland. In addition, Siida has an open-air museum open in the summers, which was originally known as the Inari Sámi Museum. The first buildings were moved to the museum grounds in 1960. The 7-hectare (17-acre) area has nearly 50 sites of interest related to Lapland's nature and the Sámi and their culture. Furthermore, the area is where the earliest settlers in Northern Lapland lived and archaeological finds from approximately 9,000 years ago have been found.



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Inarintie 46, Inari, Finland
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Founded: 1960
Category: Museums in Finland
Historical period: Independency (Finland)

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C. Chao (7 months ago)
Very good ködern museum with indoor /outdoor exhibitions. A must in Inari.
Foodprints (8 months ago)
Built on lands where the earliest settlers in Northern Lapland lived 9000 years ago, Siida is a contemporary and recently refurbished national museum with exhibitions and interactive educational materials on Sámi culture and heritage. An outdoor museum is also open during summer to showcase the architecture and livelihood, as well as boats, sledges and hunting traps. Highly recommended to spend at least half a day here for the great opportunity to understand more about their unique way of life.
Tam (9 months ago)
Worth visiting. Interesting stories about effects on the Sami of compulsory education and evacuation during the war. Beautiful floor-to-ceiling photos, and lots of information about the area and nature, as well as the Sami. We spent about 3 hours there, which was enough time, though we could have spent longer. Would have been nice to have a bit more information about the current Sami situation. Friendly staff and free lockers for coats and bags.
Kristina Kriugiskiene (9 months ago)
Informative, interactive exposition. Outside you can see various buildings and equipments that were typical to Sami culture.
Rene Tijs (14 months ago)
Good to see how Saami lived and still live. Bit long stories, but overall nice to see.
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