Admission with Museum Card

Gold History of Finland

Gold Prospector Museum, Sodankyl

  • 1.1.2000–

The Gold Rush is on!


The Lappish Gold History exhibition offers a glimpse into life in the arctic goldfields. The exhibition takes you through the history of gold prospecting in Finland, from the first gold discovery to the time of mechanical mining. The visitor encounters the poor conditions in the Grand Duchy of Finland in the 1860s and gets the idea of the goldfields of Lapland on a map. The discovery of Tankavaara gold in a dream and the stories about the Lemmenjoki prospectors open up life in the goldfields before large-scale mining.

Living in the wilderness, manual skills and survival in nature have been essential skills for gold prospectors. Exhibits ranging from tools to illegal spirits barrel bring the past close to you. The inhabitants of the goldfields had to make do with scarce resources, which required resilience and ingenuity. Peering into a gold prospectors cabin, you can imagine yourself living a modest life in the middle of the wilderness. Stories of Laplands legendary gold prospectors offer a human perspective on a hardscrabble lifestyle while videos and photographs bring existence in the goldfields to life.

Copies of some of Finlands most remarkable gold nuggets evoke the visitors inner gold prospector and are enough to ignite the gold fever in anyone. Are you the finder of the next record-breaking nugget?

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Museum contact details

Gold Prospector Museum
99695 Tankavaara

(016) 626 171

Museum website

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Gold Prospector Museum, 99695 Tankavaara


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Admission fees

Admission with Museum Card
Admission with Museum Card


Payment methods

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Opening hours

Mon 10:00-16:00
Tue 10:00-16:00
Wed 10:00-16:00
Thu 10:00-16:00
Fri 10:00-16:00
Sat Closed
Sun Closed

The museum is open Mon-Fri during the winter season (closed on weekends and on public holidays) and every day during the summer season.

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