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Temporary Exhibitions

The several changing exhibitions give a rhythm to the cycle of seasons in Siida. In its exhibitions, the Sámi Museum presents Sámi culture, art and handicraft. The changing exhibitions of Metsähallitus deal with the biological diversity of Arctic nature from the point of view of conservation and environmental education.

Sámi woman’s headdress

Jan 02, 2018 - Jul 23, 2018

Sámi Museum Siida presents six different kinds of women's headdresses from its collection during 2018. Earlier, Sámi women covered their heads when moving outside home. If they didn’t want to wear a hat, they wore at least a scarf. Covering the head was especially important at church and on the way to and from the church. Sámi women wore their traditional headgear even after they had otherwise started to wear Western clothes. Even now, many older Sámi women wear the traditional headgear every day.


Johan Nuorgam – A Sámi Cultural Broker

Mar 27, 2018 - Jul 23, 2018

The Sámi Museum Siida’s 20th anniversary exhibition tells about Johan Nuorgam. Johan Nuorgam from Lake Iijärvi (1910–78) was an early broker of Sámi culture. He was a connoisseur of Sámi traditions with high proficiency in the Sámi language, whom many researchers used as their source. In the 1930s, he worked as a guide of the Seurasaari Open-Air Museum of the Finnish National Museum, collecting artefacts himself, too. He became a journalist, politician and culturally oriented person, who founded the Inari Sámi Museum at the end of the 1950s.


Siida’s 20 Years: A Photo Show

Mar 27, 2018 - Jul 23, 2018

The 20th anniversary of the Sámi Museum and Northern Lapland Nature Centre will be celebrated through a joint exhibition of these two partners that will introduce, through photographs and texts, some of the best moments of their common journey in the Siida Building.


MULTIFORMES - Arthandicrafts with stories of Lapland

May 04, 2018 - Jul 23, 2018

The multi-faceted nature is a functional entity, which humans form a small part of. The modern person does not have time to stop and quietly reflect. These pieces of art aim to convey the importance of the relationship between humans and nature, and what we can learn from nature. Nature is also the source of myths and the foundation of cultures. Stories help us understand reality, providing context to the past and the future, as well as other cultures. The exhibition attempts at invoking thoughts on lessons learned from nature and how to apply these lessons for a more tolerant, humane future.


Eleven Images of Sámi Life Today

May 09, 2018 - Jul 23, 2018

The Eleven Images of Sámi Life Today exhibition depicts the present circumstances of twentyseven Sámi from their own points of view. Through photographs, videos and stories told by these people themselves, the exhibition introduces the public to the diversity of Sámi culture, but also to the common features in the ways in which the different people experience the world.


Viidon Sieiddit – The New Dimensions of the Sámi Relationship to Nature

Oct 04, 2018 - Jul 23, 2018

This exhibition on Sámi environmental art reflects on the possibilities of a new kind of Sámi nature awareness and sensitivity. What kind of interactive material relationships does our way of life sustain and what is it based on? What kind of natural–cultural life are we leading and, above all, what kind of alternatives do we have? The exhibition looks at these themes with the help of photographs, videos, sound and music.


Further information and press photographs on the exhibitions:
Exhibitions of the Sámi Museum: Museum Director Sari Valkonen, tel. +358 (0)40 767 1052, sari.valkonen(at)samimuseum.fi

Exhibitions of the Nature Centre of Metsähallitus: Senior Advisor Pasi Nivasalo, tel. +358 (0)206 39 7749, pasi.nivasalo(at)metsa.fi

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Sámi Museum
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Nature Centre, Metsähallitus
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