Siida opens on 1 June 2020, launching the last year of the old Siida

After a break, we will open the Sámi Museum and Nature Centre Siida for the public on Monday 1 June 2020 at 9 a.m. At the same time, we will launch the last year of the present Siida. We have started to extend the building, but visits to Siida will go on as usual throughout this year, until spring 2021.

A visit to Siida will turn out a pleasure, provided that we all – both visitors and staff – remember to come to Siida in good health and keep a proper distance to other people. Siida now has hand disinfection points in several places in the house, and we clean the building according to the guidelines of the Finnish Institute for Health and Welfare.

Siida will have exceptional opening hours in the 2020 summer and autumn season. From 1 June to 30 September, we will be open every day from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Thus, we will close an hour earlier in the evening than we have earlier told. From the beginning of October, we will keep our normal winter opening hours and serve visitors Tue–Sun from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.

During the opening hours, you can visit our exhibitions and Open-Air Museum. You can shop at Siida Shop, and the Customer Service of the Nature Centre will provide you with licences, advice and tourist information. Our Open-Air Museum will open as soon as the long winter is over and the snow is gone.

Temporary exhibitions will be opened one at a time. Until the end of September, you can visit our “Preserving Sámi Heritage”, which displays conserved items from the Sámi Museum’s collections, and the photography exhibition “Teno” by Pertti Turunen, a nature photographer from Ivalo. Right after Midsummer, we will open Pekka Sammallahti’s exhibition “Albma olbmot – Real People” of black-and-white portraits. This exhibition will be available in Siida for the public until the spring of 2021.

Siida Shop is getting ready to offer delivery sales, and you will soon be able to order selected products home by mail. We will tell about the progress of this reform on Siida Shop’s Instagram and Siida’s Facebook page.

At Restaurant Sarrit, visitors can refresh themselves on weekdays from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Lunch will be served from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m., and the restaurant will also offer take-away food. The number of customer seats has been reduced by fifty per cent, and the terrace will open as soon as the weather permits.

The Skolt Sámi Heritage House in Sevettijärvi, run by the Sámi Museum Siida, will be open this summer from 1 July to 29 August, Tue–Sat from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. The Heritage House is free for visitors. In Sevettijärvi, our exhibitions and open-air premises focus on the history of the Skolt Sámi. At the shop of the Heritage House, you will find, for example, local handicrafts.

You are most welcome to visit Siida!


Come to Siida only if you have no coronavirus symptoms.
Keep at least a 1–2 metre distance to other visitors and the staff.
Use hand sanitiser when you enter Siida.
You can find hand-washing facilities in our customer toilets.
To protect other people, cover you nose and mouth with tissue or your sleeve when coughing or sneezing.
We clean according to the guidelines of the Finnish Institute for Health and Welfare.
Thank you for following safety rules on our premises!