Stone Age and archaeology come alive

Kierikki Stone Age Centre

The Kierikki Stone Age Centre takes you back in time thousands of years into the distant past of the North. The Kierikki Centre is located along the Iijoki River on a Stone Age dwelling site that has been studied since the 1960s. Guests of all ages enjoy the archaeological exhibition in the main building and the Stone Age village.

Trade and tradition

The permanent exhibition explores local and regional pre-history and life in the Stone Age in a fascinating and entertaining way. It features the greatest finds of the excavation, including amber jewellery, flint arrowheads and wooden fishing items recovered from the nearby Purkajasuo swamp – not to mention a mammoth's molar tooth that is 35,000 years old! Short video films are used illustrate Stone Age handicraft skills, and a film entitled Sun Stone screened on the big screen in our auditorium takes the spectators back in time thousands of years. Kierikki also hosts a number of annually changing exhibitions. 

Archaeology alive

The Kierikinkangas Stone Age dwelling site around the Kierikki Stone Age Centre also hosts an archaeological excavation open to the public during the summertime. Come and try your hand in archaeology with our experts! The most enthusiastic diggers come back to Kierikki every summer – and since the site is so large, there will be new land to dig for centuries. Results have been excellent, including the discovery of the remains of a stone age gravesite found in Kierikinkangas.

”The best thing about finding new items is that I know I am the only person more than five thousand years to touch the object, which has been held by someone in the distant past", says Jenna, one of the enthusiastic amateur diggers.

Life in the Stone Age

The road from the Kierikki Stone Age Centre to the Stone Age village is a wide boardwalk with beautiful views to the nearby Iijoki river. The village, based on the findings unearthed by the excavation, is a long-standing favourite of families and school groups. Sitting by the fire in the Stone Age dwellings makes you feel you were truly somewhere in the distant past. On the spacious sandy beach you can try your hand in everyday Stone Age skills, such as archery and making of stone objects. Guides dressed in Stone Age leather clothes will teach you the most important skills of a Stone Age individual. The trapper's path, complete with Stone Age snares, demonstrates the skill of the Stone Age people. The Stone Age village also hosts fierce tribal competitions – excellent for team outings, for example!

The Kierikki Stone Age Centre is a great place for hosting events and meetings. The solemn log-walled auditorium has witnessed numerous weddings and family celebrations. Activities are always tailored for every customer. Hotel and restaurant services are also available.

"We had team competitions in different Stone Age skills. To win we had to be accurate, fast, clever and – most importantly – have the right attitude. The winning team played together seamlessly", says Tuija, a conference visitor. Welcome to the Stone Age in Kierikki!

Unique timber buildings

The main building of the Kierikki Stone Age Centre is the pinnacle of Finnish log building. It is one of the largest log buildings in the Nordic countries, and attracts visitors interested in architecture from home and abroad. The building, completed in 2001, is designed by professor Reijo Jallinoja, a recipient of the State Architecture Award. It won the Pohjois-Suomen Rakennusteko construction award in 2001 and the Puupalkinto award in 2002. In 2003, the Kierikki Stone Age Centre received the Europa Nostra award, and the same year the Kierikki Stone Age environment received a honorary mention in the European Museum of the Year competition.

Opening times and entrance fees

Opening Hours 2020

Only by appointment till 18 May 2020

18 May – 31 May MonFri 9-15, closed Thu 21 May.

1.-18. June MonFri 10-16. In midsummer 19.-21. June museum is closed.

Opening of the art exhibitions 6.June  and motor saw course 12-14. June.                               

22 June – 9 August Mon-Sun  10-17

Ancient markets 1.-2. Aug. 

10.-30. Aug. Mon-Fri 916; Sat 1016, Sun closed

31 Aug  – 16 Oct. Mon-Fri 915, Sat-Sun closed 

1.-31. July Public excavations besides main building WedSat 1217 (also in English)

27. June, 25. July and 29. Aug "Night of the ancient fires". You can sleep at Stone Age village.

During the wintertime museum, restaurant and auditorium for conferences are open on request. You can also order a guidings and program services during the winter time.

Restaurant is open during museum hours, other times on reservation. Reservations to visits and guidings by phone at +358-50-410 7309 or by email: asiakaspalvelu(at)

Reservations to hotel Kierikinhovi and restaurant at main building: Aino Kurtti tel: +358-44 737 9464. or by email:  

Entrance fees
Adults €8
Students, conscripts, pensioners €5
Children 6–17 yrs. €5, 0–5 yrs. free

Admission for Groups
Adults: more than 10 people, €5/person
Children: more than 10 people, €3/person
Families (2 adults + 3 children) €20, additional children for half price

Luuppi season pass 19 €
The 12-month Luuppi season ticket is an excellent gift for a friend or a relative who enjoys new experiences and discoveries – and nice to have for yourself as well. The Luuppi season ticket is valid for all Museum and Science Centre Luuppi destinations, and is valid for one year from first use.

Museum card 68 €: free entrance to 300 museums in Finland 
The national Museum Card is an excellent gift for everyone who loves art, history and museums. The Museum Card is a 365-day culture journey to more than 300 museums in Finland. Season tickets and Museum Cards are available from our gift shops and ticket desks. By Museums card also free entrance to Kierikki Stone Age Centre.