Saimaa Nature Centre Riihisaari

Saimaa Nature Centre Riihisaari: Photo: Mari Laukkanen

Welcome to Saimaa Nature Centre Riihisaari

The historical setting of Olavinlinna Castle, surrounded by the scenic Lake Saimaa, makes Lake Saimaa Nature- and Cultural Centre Riihisaari a unique destination, where Savonlinna Provincal Museum and Metsähallitus operate together. Riihisaari is a meeting place and exhibition centre, providing experiences and information on the region's cultural history and natural landscape year-round.

Opening Hours in 2018

January - April Tue - Sun 10 am - 5 pm
May  Mon - Fri 9 am - 5 pm, Sat - Sun 10 am - 5 pm
June - August daily 10 am - 5 pm
September - December Tue - Sun 10 am - 5 pm

Closed: 30th Mar, 22nd to 23rd Jun, 25th Aug, 6th Dec and 17th to 24th Dec.

In addition, the centre is open in advance and in connection with events. To check for exceptional opening hours during holiday periods, tel. + 358 44 417 4466.

We reserve the rights for changes.

Entrance Fees:

Savonlinna Provincial Museum tickets (

Contact Information

Address: Riihisaari, 57130 Savonlinna, Finland

Telephone: +358 206 39 5929

E-mail: saimaa(at)

Location: Situated at the eastern end of Linnankatu street in the old town of Savonlinna (, next to Olavinlinna Castle. Read more

Arrival: By car or public transportation. Read more

Visit: Open throughout the year, and every day during the summer months. Free entrance to the Museum Shop and hiking info point, but exhibitions are subject to a fee. Read more (

Things to Do and See: Guided tours for groups, €90-110 per group, by advance booking only. Exhibitions: In the heart of Saimaa (The main exhibition) On the Pier, Life on the Shores of Lake Saimaa (partly, The old exhibition that will be taken down in the fall 2018); In the summer, museum ships are moored at the pier by Riihisaari and open to visitors. Temporary exhibitions, events, a short film on the Saimaa ringed seal. Read more

Suitability: An fascinating destination for visitors of all ages. Suitable for visitors with mobility difficulties. Pets are not permitted in the Nature Centre.

Services: Guided tours for groups, events, hiking information, museum shop, rental of facilities. Read more

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The Nature Centre is jointly run by the City of Savonlinna and Metsähallitus.