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.


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.

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 established numerous gold washing camps in the Alps,...

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 pharaohs gold was mined...

KULTAMUSEO, Tankavaarantie 11 C, 99695, TANKAVAARA, FINLAND