Architecture, history, environmental art – What is your interest?
You can get to know the lifestyles of the area in museums and exhibitions. If you are curious of how the everyday life has been in the area, there are regional and school museums. If you feel like having a moment of calmness while focusing on church architecture and altarpiece, invites Ranua Church you in. Permanent and changing exhibitions also present the current life of Ranua.
Seven Steps to Save the Ocean
Artist Maija Kovari’s environmental art piece in the area of Ranua Wildlife Park is a current work that suggests seven tips for saving the future oceans. The work was inspired by the place which is former sea-bottom. An easy-to-access trail leads you to the work. Note that the work can be visited during the opening hours of Ranua Wildlife Park and a ticket to zoo area is needed.
School and regional museum of Saukkojärvi
In Saukkojärvi village of Ranua, you can find school and regional museum. Museum building was formerly a school (built in 1898) that was working till 1959. Nowadays it serves as school and regional museum in two floors.
Ylimaa battle monument
Approximately 32 kilometers from Ranua, in the crossing of Palovaara road, a monument and a trail for Ylimaa stall battle can be found. Monument was designed by professor Ensio Seppänen.
Vicarage and village museum
In the old vicarage of Ranua, is now a museum presenting life of 1930-1950 parsonage and village. Open from Tuesday to Thursday at 12-18 (25.6.-4.8.2019)
Ranua Church is a log building, with cross lay out. It has been ordained in 1914. The building has been renovated and nowadays it is accessible with moving-aids and an induction loop has been installed.
Open from Wednesday to Friday (26.6.-2.8.) at 12-17
Library of Ranua
In Library of Ranua, there are changing exhibitions throughout the year.
Location: Olangontie 20, Simojärvi
Genuine Japanese Style house by lake Simojärvi. Various exhibitions throughout the year.
Japan through Children´s Eyes – paintings from the collection of International Art Centre of Children and Young People. The works describe festivals and everyday life in Japan as experienced by Japanese Children. Until 15th of August.
Permanent exhibition: Kai awase – The Story of Genji in shells and e-maki picture scrolls.
Open from Tuesday to Sunday 11 a.m. – 5 p.m. Mondays closed.