- Outdoor Museum Area
Gold prospectors’ buildings and gold mining machinery
Looking for an authentic goldfield’s atmosphere? In the Gold Museum’s outdoor museum area you can see authentic gold prospectors’ huts, unique machinery and panning equipment as well as various conveyances. There are also countless captivating details and you can spot the remains of Finland’s northernmost railway leading to the forest. The centrepiece of the outdoor museum area is a bronze statue Gold Prospector, sculpted by Ensio Seppänen.
During the summer season, Hopiaoja hums beautifully and birds sing as you explore the outdoor museum area. Keep your eyes open and you might see the museum ghost Nurminen, who lives in a log cabin! In the winter, you will experience snow and the polar night – just like the prospectors who lived in the goldfields all year round.
The outdoor museum area is free to enter all year round and you can peek into the huts during summer. Don’t forget to visit the museum shop and the exhibitions inside (tickets for the exhibitions at the museum ticket counter)!