Project activities

The objective of our project activities is to develop the Sámi Museum’s contents and operating methods, as well as to product new information on Finland’s Sámi culture. In addition to our own projects we take part in joint projects with research institutes and tourism companies.

Inquiries on the project:
Museum Director Sari Valkonen
tel. +358 (0)40 767 1052

Muittut, muitalusat – the story of the Sámi by the Sámi

Muittut, muitalusat – The Story of the Sámi by the Sámi” is a collaboration of three Sámi museums – the Sámi Museum Siida from Inari, Finland (the leader and administrator), the Swedish Mountain and Sámi Museum Ájtte from Jokkmokk, and the South Sámi Museum and Cultural Centre Saemien Sijte from Snåsa, Norway – as well as the University of Lapland and the Luleå University of Technology. The project period is 1.1.2020 – 30.9.2022 and the budget is approximately 2 million euros. The project is funded by Interreg North.

The project will create a new Sámi museum language, through which Sámi culture will be presented in museums and exhibitions from the point of view of the Sámi themselves.  A new Sámi exhibition language will be developed through three exhibition pilots, with the themes the Repatriation and drum, the Sámi costume Gákti/Gapta/Gáppte/Mááccuh/Määccaǩ and the Loss of language. These three topics will be developed in terms of both content and display technique in cooperation with the project partners and the Sámi community in a series of workshops.  The project aims to strengthen Sámi identity.

A joint exhibition language will provide the participating Sámi museums with a strong foundation for future development work and cooperation across the borders. The pilots will become a permanent part of the exhibitions of Saemien Sijte, the Sámi Museum Siida and Ájtte. Museums are important destinations in their areas, and the project will be of economic importance to the entire Nordic region.

Results of the project will be shared internationally for the use of Sámi, museum stakeholders and museum visitors. The objective is to guarantee that economic life, especially tourism, can benefit from the results when developing services and products.

The project manager in Sámi Museum Siida is Eeva-Kristiina Harlin,
eeva-kristiina.harlin(at),  tel. +358 (0)40 485 3017


Communal research project on the integration of the Skolt Sámi in Finland 1939–1949

The communal and multidisciplinary project studies the evacuation period of the Skolt Sámi (1939–1949), more precise the temporary settlements built during the evacuation period. The project combines information from documents and audio recording archives with the Skolt Sámi’s living oral history- Research is carried out between the community and various actors. The buildings in the Skolt homesteads are being documented and new signs will be put up. Lesser known temporary settlements are being located and documented. During the project a heritage hike and seminar will be held, a publication will be written and the Sámi Museum’s Skolt Sámi Life multimedia show will be updated. The results will be part of the 70th anniversary of Skolt Sámi settlement in August 2019.

The project is being funded by the National Board of Antiquities. In cooperation with: Skolt Sámi Cultural Foundation, Metsähallitus Parks and Wildlife Lapland, the Academy of Finland-funded Skolt Saami Memory Bank project (Giellagas Institute), as well as the Academy of Finland-funded Culturally and Socially Sustainable Museum. Reframing the Policies of Representing Indigenous Sámi Culture in Sámi Museum Siida project (LaY), Yle Sápmi, Saamelaisarkisto, Sámi archive.

Project period: 1 January 2018 – 30 September 2019

The Open-Air Museum of the Capercaillie project

The Sámi Museum’s Open-Air Museum of the Capercaillie project is being carried out with funding from the National Board of Antiquities. The objective of the communal project is to exhibit the Sámi’s the hunting methods traditionally used by the Sámi and to introduce these to new customer groups. New traps will be put on display in the Open-Air Museum’s hunting section and new signs will be designed. The Open-Air Museum will also get a new hunting-centred guide product. Food culture will also play a key part in the Open-Air Museum of the Capercaillie project. The museum will organise a game dinner and Restaurant Sarrit will hold heritage food days.

Project period: 1 April 2018 – 30 March 2019

Visit Arctic Europe II

A tourism project with cooperation between the northern parts of Finland, Sweden and Norway. Cooperation across national borders and travel packages.

Project period: September 2018 – March 2021

Past projects

Past projects

The Past Projects of Sámi Museum Siida

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