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11.08.2020

Arktikum Science Museum, Rovaniemi

Arctic - Museum and Science Centre in Rovaniemi, Finland . The building is also a popular cultural centre and a meeting and conference venue, with a café and library for customer service. Two separate exhibitions operate in the Arctic, the Arctic Centre and the Provincial Museum in Lapland.

Exhibitions in the Provincial Museum of Lapland and the Arctic Centre focus on culture, history and modern life in the Arctic. Notions such as human life in harmony with nature are explored in depth. There are also temporary exhibitions in the Arctic.

The Arctic opened to the public on December 6, 1992, the 75th anniversary of Finland's independence. It was designed by the Danish architectural group Birch-Bonderup & Thorup-Waade. The new crescent-shaped building was designed by Klaus Bonderup and Janne Lehtipalo and was completed in autumn 1997.

Many local natural materials were used in the building: Perttaus granite floors - the hardest available in Finland - and washed lime from Sami pine. The chairs are made of birch and deerskin.

The most visible part of the museum - the glass corridor - is 172 metres long and crosses the 30-metre long Kittilä Highway. The pipe serves as a "gateway to the north", as the entrance foyer is at the south end and guests head north when they enter. The exhibition space is protected underground, simulating how animals in the north escape the harsh weather. cold winters, burying themselves in the snow.

According to Topworld International, the museum ranks 4th among tourist attractions in Finland.

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