About us

The Várjjat Sámi Musea/Varanger Sámi Museum (VSM) communicates the coastal Sámi history and culture, the prehistory of Finnmark and Sámi handicraft – duodji. Main themes of the exhibitons are Prehistory (the Stone Age periods), Sámi faith and mytholgoy, pre colonial Sámi society, the primary economies: reindeer herding, fishing and animal husbandry.

The main building of the museum, which was built during 1994, has an interesting architecture based on Sámi house building traditions. It contains the main exhibition The Coastal Sámi, the children´s play room “Stallobiedju” (The lair of Stallo), and different temporary exhibitions, such as art, photography, handicraft, etc.

The museum also functions as a community centre with different cultural events during the year.

Opening hours

Mon – Fri
10 -15 

Ingvild M. B. Pettersen

Museum director
95 26 21 53
Jorunn Jernsletten

Jorunn Jernsletten

Conservator
Heljä Pasma

Heljä Pasma

Office worker
Roger G. Persson

Roger G. Persson

Craftsman
95 26 21 56
Jonas Johnsen

Jonas Johnsen

Office worker
95 26 21 55
Turid Lindi

Turid Lindi

Office worker
95 26 21 51