Särestöniemi Art Museum

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! info@sarestoniemimuseo.fi

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.  


  • Särestöntie 880, Kaukonen 99110