Nanoq – The First Arctic Museum in Finland and in Europe

The Arctic Museum Nanoq was inaugurated in June 1991 in Jakobstad (Pietarsaari) in Finland and is the first Arctic museum in Europe. Nanoq displays the Arctic and Antarctica, as well as surrounding areas and is a tribute to the cultures of the last Arctic peoples. Over the years the museum has grown to become a vibrant Arctic cultural centre, which is visited annually by thousands of guests from all over the world.

The museum’s name Nanoq comes from Greenlandic and means polar bear. At Nanoq you can get acquainted with Arctic peoples, cultures and customs, and hear exciting stories from famous expeditions to the North and South Pole. The museum area is situated in the middle of the forest and consists of different cottages that have been built over the years. Each cottage has their own story to tell.

About The Museum

Opening hours

Summer season from 1 June to 31 August  

During the summer season the museum is open every day from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m.
During the midsummer weekend the museum is closed.

From 1 September to 31 May, we are open by request. Please contact us to book your visit.


Free entrance for for children under school age

Children 5 € / With guiding 7.50€ 

Students 8 € / with guiding 13€

Adults 10 € / with guiding 15 €

Location and contact information


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Note! Nanoq is located in the middle of the forest and the terrain is natural. There might be slippery spots, roots and wet ground, so walk carefully.

2024 Special Exhibition

ARNAQ – Women on Greenland