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 also a tribute to the cultures of the last Arctic peoples. 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.

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 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. The main building is built to resemble a peat house from northern Greenland. Nanoq has had cooperation with various museums during the years, including the Andrée Museum in Gränna – Swedem, the National Museum of Helsinki, Arktikum in Rovaniemi and the Leonardo da Vinci Museum in Italy.

In 2005, Nanoq was chosen as the most interesting tourist destination in Finland.




Opening hours

1.6 - 31.8 daily at 11-18 (closed in the midsummer weekend)
Outside the season the museum is open every first weekend of the month
Other times by agreement
Tel. 045 640 1312


Preschool children free
Children 5€
Students 8€ / with guided tour 13€
Adults10€ / with guided tour 15€

Summer exhibition

Summer 2021 we present the 30 years of Nanoq as a summer exhibition!

Nanoq -team

The board of the association

Summerguides & personel 2021

Photo gallery