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Svalbard Museum

Address: Postboks 521, Longyearbyen 9171, Norway
Phone Number: +47 79 02 64 90
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Ranked #4 of 15 Attractions in Longyearbyen
Type: Museums
Owner description: The exhibition presents fragments of Svalbard's 400-year history and describes factors that help...
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Type: Museums
Owner description: The exhibition presents fragments of Svalbard's 400-year history and describes factors that help support life and the activities taking place here, which together reveal the close relationship between sea and land, nature and cultural history.
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Sleaford, United Kingdom
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3 reviews 3 reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 22, 2015 NEW

This museum is at the bottom of the main street, easy to walk to. Lockers to put boots and belongings and hangers to hang your coats. Crocs available to walk around in. Very interesting to see and most information is in English. Very informative about the wildlife and their coal mining industry. It really is a must to see, we... More 

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Merelbeke, Belgium
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 19, 2015 NEW

Modern museum, a lot of interesting information about the wildlife and the mining. You'll need 1.5 - 2 hours. Price :75 NOK.

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Norway
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 17, 2015

If you only visit one attraction in Longyearbyen, I suggest you make it the Svalbard Museum. It's not big, but high quality. It also has a shop with a good selection of books and some other souvenirs. An interesting tale of the wildlife in Svalbard and the men who hunted them. Not to mention good look into the history of... More 

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New York City, New York
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 8, 2015

This museum was a great summary of the history. Also, most had English translations which was great. (Some museums only give small summary rather than all the detail). Doesn't take too long to go through and read everything. (Maybe 90 minutes) Check the hours which vary by season. We found it was a great thing to do right away the... More 

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Heidelberg, Germany
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 7, 2015

The museum is very small but it provides a great overview of the island's history, development and current as well as local animals and their meaning. Great visit, where you within an hour can get a feeling of the where place you are.

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Oslo, Norway
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 6, 2015

Svalbard Museum is not the largest one. But you will get an excellent understanding of the distant islands - called Svalbard - the country with the cold coasts! Here you find almost everything. Science, coal mining, polar animals, birds, life in the sea, exploring the arctic, The global seedbank, And much more! You do the museum in a couple of... More 

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Brisbane, Australia
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 6, 2015

Sure it's a small museum, but hey it covered everything about the histroy of svalbard and a little more. Depending on your interest level allow around 1hour. I wouldn't stress too much if you miss it on your trip to svalbard, but it is conviently located and small enough that you could fit between tours or before a early dinner... More 

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Marseille, France
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 5, 2015

Cool exhibits about the animals and the development in Svalbard. Use of unpolished broken green glass very inspired.

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Oslo, Norway
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 3, 2015

It is a small but very informative museum. The museum really covers the full history of Svalbard from the whaling and fur trapping era to the modern tourism and mining activities. There were also some stuffed wildlife examples to see. The museum shop is packed with interesting books about the arctic. Very kind staff too and you can buy stamps... More 

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Oslo, Norway
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 29, 2014

this museum is small, but extreely well designed. It provide all you want to know abou this arctic region: people, lifeforms, ecology, history and turbulent political history One of the best museums I have visited

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