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Amazing art gallery

It was an awesome time in the museum. The paintings were amazing. I’m happy for the time. His art... read more

Reviewed 25 January 2022
Louisville, Colorado
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Colourful art gallery, atelier and home museum of a Lappish artist

Beautiful and interesting art, beautiful surroundings and old rural architecture! Learned a lot of... read more

Reviewed 30 July 2021
Espoo, Finland
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Reviewed 19 April 2017

I keep visiting this place more and more. Once I have visited it with a guide I changed my opinion about it, I liked it before, but now I adore it, I understand more about life of this fantastic painter and his artworks. I really recommend you to have a guide. I value as well this place for its architecture, both old traditional one and monern spacious of the new atelier. It is beautiful in summer but it's just fairytale-like in winter especially during Polar night with the dark pink-blue sky. They change exhibition quite often and organise as well other cultural events in the museum. Surely, recommended to visit.

Date of experience: March 2017
Thank Kianira
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Reviewed 17 July 2015

Firstly, the location is at the end of a 9Km long sand/gravel road. When we visited (July 2014), the road was in very poor condition. Rough roads are not uncommon in Finland, especially after some frost heave and a spring thaw. But by July, there has been plenty of time to carry out some repairs. Don't visit this place if you have loose fillings ;)

On arrival, there are signs directing you to the cafe, from where you can buy your tickets. You pay and.......well that's it, you get a receipt. You don't get any sort of printed information about where you should start you tour, no verbal guidance about which is the best route to get the most out of your visit. Nothing :(

The art is quite varied and you might like it (I wasn't keen). But the buildings made the visit worthwhile for me. It's a cross between a typical Finnish countryside "homestead museum" and Alexander III's fishing cabin in Langinkoski (well worth a visit BTW). The buildings showcase the old building methods quite well, e.g. the roofing "tiles" on the old farm buildings.

Refreshments were available, although a little overpriced at 10€ for two small sticky buns and two not-too-fresh coffees from a large thermos flask.

Museum staff was neutral. Not particularly welcoming or pro-active to offer information, but at the same time it wasn't unwelcoming. Just flat.

If you're a big fan of his work, there are probably better galleries. If you're interested in his life and workplace, then this place could be for you.

Date of experience: July 2015
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Reviewed 22 June 2015 via mobile

This is a must see for anyone in the area. It gave a nice balance after all the hiking and nature and outside activities. Stunning paintings and very interesting character.

Date of experience: June 2015
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Reviewed 16 October 2014

This is a museum of a well-known finnish artist, Reidar Särestöniemi. I adore his paintings, that's usually the reason to visit a museum=)) but unfortunately there are not so many paintings...That's really weird. But nevertheless the place is big and interesting, u can see where and how he lived and worked. Attention! On the territory of the museum u walk mostly along forest trails, a bit rocky, so sometimes it's really difficult to move with a stroller and I reccomend aged people to have some assistance. I'm also not sure it is really accessible for disabled persons.

Date of experience: August 2014
1  Thank Kianira
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Reviewed 20 September 2014

He was a controversial figure in Kittilä and also one of the few artists who could enjoy financial success,too, during their life time. There is the birth house and also two toher gallery buildings on of whis is designed by Reima and Raili Pietiä - a world famous architect couple. His paintings create the world class atmosphere here in "the middle of nothing" and the artistic bed for the dog was also very impressive - as well as the large swimming pool! One of the galleries has burned down but still the site leaves you wondering for a long time about life in general.....

Date of experience: November 2013
2  Thank Jarmo S
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