Basic Exhibitions

The museum’s permanent exhibition sheds light on Lapland’s colorful history of gold mining, showcasing the lives of the miners through objects, photographs and documentation. The museum also tells the stories of the most legendary gold miners. The pan-shaped Golden World building features exhibits from some 20 countries.

During the summer season, the museum also has an outdoor section, featuring original buildings and troughs from the gold rush period, as well as other gold mining machines, huts, a smoke sauna and many other exhibits. The outdoor museum also boasts a gold panning site. During the winter visitors can pan for gold in the museum’s indoor sites.

We recommend that you reserve your time for a visit about one hour.

Gold Prospector Museum is financially supported by the Finnish government and is managed by Goldmuseum Foudation.


Whether you talk about gold prospectors today or during the time of Grand Duchy of Finland under the rule of Russian tsar, human destinies are the most fascinating topic in colorful gold history of Lapland. Stories tell about failures, tremendous luck, not forgetting about tragicomic and romantic features. One of the characters of gold history by […]


Common for all gold rushes is that prospecting and social phenomena relating to it have been controlled by legislations either before or during the rush.   Gold fever in Finnish Lapland did not provide same scale disorders or the amount of jobbers as the big gold rushes around the world, California and Ballarat as examples. However, even for northern Lapland, it was necessary to create […]


Local people have been involved in Lappish gold history since the beginning. Some of them were prospectors themselves or were helping the officers. Many others provided groceries and other supplies in addition to local shops. During the later and silent decades of Kultala Crown Station, a local person Sammeli Saijets worked as the last guardian […]


The tiny chips of gold found in Nulkkamukka, along the Ivalojoki river in 1868 started the first gold rush in Finland. The discovery was made by the expedition led by Mr. Johan Konrad Lihr, assisting manager of the Mint, that was sent searching for gold in the northern parts of the country. Kultalan Kruunun Stationi, […]


Acient Europeans and gold Methods of gold washing were known in Central Europe 2500 years BC. Both the economic and cultural influence of gold was significant through the Bronze Age, the Roman Iron Age as well as the Middle Ages. The search for gold was major cause for the Roman conquest over Europe. The Romans […]


Gold is the first metal known and used by man. It has always been the symbol of ruling authority, power and divinity. Gold was discovered on the banks of the Nile as long as 6000 years ago. One of world’s oldest maps presents ancient gold mines of Egypt 3500 years ago. During the dynasties of […]


Booze drink for workmen, cognac or strong booze in grocery lists, sometimes even wine. Alcohol was more or less essential part of gold prospecting culture also in Lapland since the beginning. And the price of the drink was pretty high already during the time when Finland was Grand Duchy under the rule of Russian empire. […]


Though not so obvious in written documents and despite more stories about lucky and unlucky men, women have always been part of gold history, all times and everywhere. Gold history in Lapland is not an exception so following are just few examples of different women throughout Lappish gold history. Ralla-Kaisa and Iso-Anni (Big-Anni) are names […]


Elina Peronius is a woman who is part of gold history in the areas of Tankavaara and Laanila. Elina participated gold prospecting since 1930s and perhaps even earlier, being first in the area of Laanila and later on in Tankavaara area. She became the first woman as an owner of open pit mine claim when […]


Among the many stories related to gold findings in Lapland one of the most interesting topic is the gold found according to one’s dream. Next couple of example stories. One of the first findings in Lappish gold history was made according to one man’s dream in summer 1870. Whether all happened just like told later […]