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Gold Prospector Museum

Closed Now: 10:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Open today: 10:00 AM - 4:00 PM
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Interesting centre

A pretty detailed account of gold prospecting locally and around the world world. Some interesting... read more

Reviewed 6 June 2018
Hebden Bridge
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Wonderful in the Winter

A fantastic museum not only about gold mining on Finland, but all over the world. Especially great... read more

Reviewed 3 May 2018
Catherine L
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“mining”(2 reviews)
Tankavaara is home for the only international museum in the World displaying past and present of gold panning and prospecting. The basic exhibition presents the history of gold prospecting in Lapland. The Golden World, the international section...more
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Tankavaarantie 11 C, Tankavaara 99695, Finland
+358 16 626171
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Reviewed 13 September 2016

A unique place with stories of gold digging from all over the world. Impressive exhibition. Take your time to get to see and hear the (his)story. Fantastic quide Matti. Thank you!

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Reviewed 13 June 2018

We planned to have our lunch in the restaurant near the museum. When we arrived we first visited the museum of which the greater part is in the open air. Most I liked were the rails of the little train which transported the minerals and...More

Thank JW_Dam
Reviewed 6 June 2018 via mobile

A pretty detailed account of gold prospecting locally and around the world world. Some interesting artefacts and displays. There are also outside exhibits, though it was rather cold to linger too long! We'd only stopped for the cafe initially but that isn't in the museum...More

Thank RP-HebdenBridge
Reviewed 3 May 2018 via mobile

A fantastic museum not only about gold mining on Finland, but all over the world. Especially great in winter, as there are no mosquitoes to snack on you. Make sure to try gold panning yourself - it is great fun!

Thank Catherine L
Reviewed 20 March 2018

On our way to Inari we stopped at this not so small museum. It is amazing to see how important mining was for Lapland. The individual stories, also in English, open our eyes for difficult circumstances and add happy or sad anecdotes. The gold washing...More

2  Thank RDWilde
Reviewed 28 November 2017

Well worth a visit, with loads of info on the history of gold prospecting. Never would have believed that there were so much interesting facts to tell about gold!

Thank OpiPeet
Reviewed 9 September 2017

The lives of the Finnish men (and their families) who were the early gold prospectors are really fascinating, and this museum captures their stories and the times in which they lived really well. I LOVED the portraits in the auditorium and the fabulous sculpture just...More

1  Thank Lorna K
Reviewed 9 August 2017

Neat experience, it was winter and pretty much the whole place was shut down, we were the only people there. The indoor exhibit in the main building was open and had a lot of artifacts. Our main goal was to pan gold, for fun. Since...More

Thank KhrizJustTravels
Reviewed 27 June 2017

This International Gold Prospector Museum is extremely interesting. It tells about gold panning and prospecting in over 20 countries, especially in Finnish Lapland. This area has been a traditional gold panning area and you may also try gold panning in Stream Hopiaoja (extra charge). The...More

Thank JariJK
Reviewed 23 June 2017 via mobile

A great experience and very well done! Very good value for only 12e! It took about 1hr to look around and learn lots of interesting facts!

Thank NakitaLw
Reviewed 23 September 2016

It was a rainy morning so the 'Gold Prospector Museum' was an ideal place to go. Lots to see both inside the main building and outside in the grounds - unfortunately, our time was limited so we didn't go around all the outside exhibits. The...More

Thank JaneMB S
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