South Varanger Museum narrates the complex border history of South Varanger, a multicultural community with Finland to the west and Russia to the east. The main building, the Borderland Museum, lies by the E6, the main road leading in to Kirkenes. The outdoor area contains a turf hut, a small open pit quarry for children with elements from the ore industry; a full-scale copy of the labyrinth at Holemgrå and the statue Birds fly past by Tone Thiis Schjetne.
Permanent exhibitions show themes such as industrial construction, war history and the daily life of the border people through the ages. In addition, there are current changing exhibitions. There is also a museum shop with a varied selection and a bright and pleasant café. The building has a great foyer which is often used in connection with cultural events. Outside there are benches, a playground and an exciting labyrinth to explore in summer. The building is located at a popular hiking area right at the entrance to Kirkenes, approx. one kilometer from the center of Kirkenes.
Open every day 09.00 – 15.00
20th of June to 20th of August summer opening hours 09.00 – 17.00
Closed on public holidays, including Christmas Eve.