The Gold Prospector Museum, located a half-hour drive away from Saariselkä, is the only one of its kind in the world. The museum’s permanent exhibition sheds light on Lapland’s colourful history of gold mining, showcasing the lives of the miners through objects, photographs and documentation. The museum also tells the stories of the most legendary gold miners. The pan-shaped Golden World building features exhibits from some 20 countries. During the summer season, the museum also has an outdoor section called Auraria, featuring original buildings and troughs from the gold rush period, as well as other gold mining machines, a peat hut, a smoke sauna and many other exhibits.
The outdoor museum also boasts a gold panning site. During the winter visitors can pan for gold in the museum’s indoor sites.