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Särestöniemi Art Museum

Särestöntie 880
99110 Kaukonen

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Särestöniemi Museum in Kaukonen, Kittilä, displays the art and working environment of Reidar Särestöniemi (1925-1981), a prominent Finnish artist, one the most remarkable Lappish artists of his time.

Experience world-class art in an authentic cultural landscape

Reidar Särestöniemi lived and worked the majority of his life in a remote location by the Ounasjoki river. His life and art are closely connected with the environment and the wonderful, colourful nature of Lapland. The wilderness, bare fells, vast marshlands, the green forests and animals were his most important sources for inspiration.

The wooden architecture of the buildings is imposing. The artist's childhood home is a farm from the late 19th century and the buildings represent traditional style from the North of Finland. Särestöniemi’s art gallery (1972) and the studio (1978) are prominent log houses designed by the acclaimed Finnish architects Reima and Raili Pietilä. 

Museum info

Open: tue-sat 12-18 (ticket sales closes at 17.00), closed during bank holidays.​

Entrance fees:
Adults 12 €
Schoolchildren, students and pensioners 10 €
Family ticket (2 adults and 2 children 7-16 years) 35 €
Visitor groups with the groupleader 10 € / person (min. group size 12)
Free entrance: Finnish Museum card (Museokortti) ICOM card, children under 7 years

Exhibitions change yearly, kindly check the latest information on our website.

Guided tour 40 € (duration 1-1,5 h) + entrance fee
For guided tours, meals and workshops, please contact us in advance!

Särestöniemi museum also hosts various cultural events and concerts. One can enjoy our famous home made sweet buns and warm drinks at the Café, paired with a small museum shop that offers a selection of high quality prints and items designed exclusively for the museum.

How to arrive from Levi: 35 km to the south by the main road 79, then in the Kaukonen village after the bridge follow the Särestöniemi sign and turn left, follow a dirt road for 9 km directly to the museum.  


EVENTS IN SÄRESTÖ Summer & Autumn 2019

Great painting event 10.7.2019
On the day of the Great Painting Event everyone is encouraged to paint, draw and make art together. Your choice of technique! You can participate alone, together, in a group or as part of an event. The event celebrates the birthday of the Finnish artist Helene Schjerfbeck and also the Day of Finnish Visual Art.
Särestöniemi is an inspiring milieu for a summer's day painting session. The museum welcomes all interested individuals or groups to come and paint in Särestön July 10 from between 12am and 6pm. Museum entrance is free for painters!

A free guided museum tour on Visual Art day starts at 12am, welcome!

Seasons of Silence 21.9.2019
The next multidisciplinary concerts in the Seasons of Silence series will be held September 21.

Situated in the village of Kaukonen at Kittilä in Finnish Lapland is Särestö, now an atmospheric museum and the former home of Reidar Särestöniemi the painter. At various times of the year, it is filled with music and other performing arts in a series of concerts entitled Seasons of Silence.

Seasons of Silence unites music and other performing arts amid Reidar Särestöniemi’s paintings. The seasonal round and the changing light and feel of Särestö inspire artists from different genres to join together in concert, just as they did in the days when Reidar was living and working there. The Artistic Directors of Seasons of Silence are Henna Kaikula and Lauri Sallinen.

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