Ajtte Museum, Jokkmokk

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Ájtte, the Swedish Mountain and Sami Museum, is a cultural and natural history museum in Jokkmokk in Lapland, Sweden.Ájtte is a museum, which specializes in the culture and nature of the mountainous area of Northern Sweden, and which is also the main museum and archive for the Sami culture of Sweden. Ájtte is also an information centre for tourism in Lapland. The word ájtte is a Lule Sami language one, meaning storage hut and referring to the museum as an archive for artifacts of the Sami cultural heritage.Ájtte was inaugurated in June 1989 and has a staff of about 25 employees. The museum is owned and managed by a foundation, which was established in 1983 by the Swedish Government, the Norrbotten Region, the Jokkmokk Municipality and the two national Sami organizations Svenska Samernas Riksförbund and Same Ätnam . According to an agreement on financing of the museum, which was entered into the same year, the Government bodies commit themselves to a long term financial contribution to the museum. Such funds are the result of a court decision regarding compensation after rivers in Lapland have been exploited for electric power generation. The Swedish government appoints the chairman and three of the members of the board of the foundation. Thus, government funds cover around half of the current budget of the museum.Jokkmokk Alpine GardenSince 1995 Ájtte has established an alpine botanical garden at the valley of Kvarnbäcken in Jokkmokk with plants from different environments of the mountain range of Northern Scandinavia. One of the century old researcher cottages from Sarek National Park, designed and used by the pioneering scientist Axel Hamberg, has been dismantled and moved from Sarek and reerected in the botanical garden.
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  • Like so many museums Ajtte suffers from the "lack of information" that comes from focusing on emotions in the exhibits. Lots of poems, not so many facts. The exhibited items are of high quality and...  more »
  • I could have wished for all descriptive text to be in English as well as Swedish but that aside this is an excellent museum. The most impressive aspect for me was the way in which the exhibits gave.....  more »
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  • Nice exhibition, professional and kind staff. Some neat modern interactive features good for kids and adults.
  • It is an excellent museum! Not much of the text is in english but there is an audioguide and the entrance was only 90kr. The displays are vivid and interactive, and it takes about an hour or 90 minutes to cover. Recommend!
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