The Sámi Museum acquires and documents Sámi cultural heritage in Finland

The national task of the Sámi Museum is to acquire and document Sámi cultural heritage in Finland. Our collection, which includes artefacts, photographs, art, the buildings of our open-air museum, and archival and reference material, is at the core of this work. We store, maintain, manage and show our collections and do research connected with them.

Our collections activities are guided by the Collection Management Policy of the Sámi Museum. We mainly accumulate our collections through donations and, more actively, through the documentation of today’s phenomena. As our collections are already fairly extensive, any acquisitions we make are a result of careful consideration.

Sámi Museum’s collections move to new facilities – Collection and information services are closed January 1, 2020 – July 31, 2022

Sámi Museum and Nature Center Siida will be extended, and Sámi Museum’s collections will have new, larger facilities to the Collections Unit built in connection with Siida. New Collections Unit has larger storages for the museum collections, proper working facilities for handling the collections and it enables to show the collections better than before for the Sámi community and other interested people. During the transfer of Sámi Museum’s collections and the repatriated Sámi collection of the National Museum of Finland, our collection and information services are closed from January 1, 2020 to July 31, 2022.

After the opening of the renewed Siida in 2022 Sámi Museum’s collections are again open for the visitors and we will be able to answer your photo requests and questions addressed to the information services. Meanwhile our collection and information services are closed, you can browse our collections in the national search service Finna and look at the 3D models of our artefacts on the website of Sketchfab.

We will keep you updated about the process in our blog and on social media!

Further information: Deputy Curator Marjo-Riitta Rantamäki, t. +358 40 571 5670, marjo-riitta.rantamaki(at)