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The Summer Season Begins in Siida

May 25, 2012 09:25 AM

The Sámi Museum and Northern Lapland Nature Centre Siida launches its summer season and longer opening hours on 1 June. On the same day, we will also open the Open-Air Museum of Siida – a museum of many traditions – and the Skolt Sámi Heritage House in Sevettijärvi for the public.

The summer season begins in Siida on 1 June. In summer, Siida is open every day from 9 a.m. to 8 p.m. The Aurora Borealis multimedia show that is included in the entrance fee to Siida will be shown in the summer everyday at 11 a.m., 2 p.m. and 5 p.m., unless the auditorium has been reserved for other events. The restaurant Sarrit will also have summertime opening hours, and its new á la carte menu is available from 4 June on.

The Open-Air Museum with its almost 50 points of interest will be opened for the public at the beginning of June. The area introduces the visitors to the traditional Sámi living quarters and hunting and fishing methods. Unique items include the log buildings of Tirro homestead that date from the 1800s and were moved to the premises in 1960.

The Skolt Sámi Heritage House run in Sevettijärvi by the Sámi Museum tells about the history of the Skolt Sámi. The Heritage House operates in an old Skolt Sámi homestead, that is, in a “Skolt home” and its outbuilding. In the vicinity of the Heritage House, there is also an open-air museum, which introduces visitors to the summer quarters of the past Suenjel Skolt Sámi community. The Heritage House is also the home of a small museum shop, which sells Skolt Sámi handicrafts and literature. From 1 June to 25 September, the Skolt Sámi Heritage House is open daily from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Furthermore, the Sámi Museum has opened an exhibition at the Ailigas Science and Art Centre in Utsjoki. The exhibition “A Sámi – That’s It!” is based on a documentation project that Nordic Sámi museums ran together with Sámi young people. Ailigas is open for the public on Tuesdays and Thursdays from 2 p.m. to 6 p.m. Entrance to the exhibition is free.

The nature huts in Lemmenjoki and Utsjoki will open their doors to the public in mid-June: Lemmenjoki Nature Hut on 13 June and Utsjoki Nature Hut on 15 June. The hut in Lemmenjoki provides up-to-date information on nature, conditions, hiking and excursions in Lemmenjoki National Park. The hut is open daily from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Utsjoki Nature Hut provides information on the River Teno and on hiking in the neighbourhood of Utsjoki and in Kevo Nature Preserve. The hut is open daily from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.

More information is available at Siida’s Customer Service.

Siida - Sámi Museum and Nature Centre, Inarintie 46, FI-99870 Inari, tel. +358 (0)400 898 212, www.siida.fi, siida@samimuseum.fi, siida@metsa.fi

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