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Address: Postboks 521, Longyearbyen 9171, Norway
Phone Number: +47 79 02 64 90
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The exhibition presents fragments of Svalbard's 400-year history and...

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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Good museum

Ita a nice museum with food exhibits. Could be a bit bigger as its share the building with University, would be nice to involv some of the research activities in the museum so... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed 2 days ago
Dorota B
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Gdynia, Poland

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Gdynia, Poland
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29 reviews
13 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 15 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

Ita a nice museum with food exhibits. Could be a bit bigger as its share the building with University, would be nice to involv some of the research activities in the museum so people can see what they are working on. For me it would be very intresting. Apart of that I enjoyed the museum.

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Thank Dorota B
Lillesand, Norway
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3 reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 5 days ago NEW

The museum gives a quick overview of the history of Svalbard, bothi political, hunting, mining and everyday life. In addition, all animals, birds and fish that lives in Svalbard and the surroundings are on display. What I liked most of the museum was that the information was comprehensive, yet concise, and it was no problem to go through all the... More 

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Thank Aslaug H
Manhattan, NYC
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35 reviews
4 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 42 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago NEW

While there aren't a lot of tourist sites in Longyearbyen, the museum is a great stop. The guide at the museum was very helpful and knowledgeable. I only had an hour to spare and that was enough. Nice historical exhibits as well as info on the local geography, fauna, etc.

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Thank boaviagemnyc
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24 reviews
7 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 14 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

As mentioned in the title this was a really interesting museum with plenty of interesting information on Svalbard (past and present) and a few hands on things to keep kids entertained. Recommended.

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Thank Jamie O
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11 reviews
4 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

It's a small town therefore the museum is also small but very informative.. Spent 2 hrs walking around and reading the history of the place and animals around the area.. The service staff is very friendly and nice as well as we arrive 30mins earlier than the opening hours however when he saw us, he said we are ready so... More 

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Thank Emily N
Oslo
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21 reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 21 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

Thoroughly enjoyed our 1 and a half hour visit to this museum. It allows you to better understand the soul and the history of Longyearbyen/Svalbard. Many great photos and illustrations showing the hunting and mining history of the islands, as well as its wildlife. A very relaxing, enriching and interesting experience. There is for example an area in the far... More 

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Thank francoscot
Stockport
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16 reviews
6 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

This is a surprisingly good museum considering it's location. Well laid out, excellent information. As with all places in Longyearbeyn, it's shoes off at the door, but it's far more comfortable having hung your coat up and left your bag in the free lockers. It has a very good shop selling reference books and maps.

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Thank Valerie B
Copenhagen, Denmark
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7 reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

A very informative exhibition and a must see when you visit Longyearbyen. You get to know all about the history of the islands, animals, hunting, research, tourism, mining etc.

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Thank Maria K
Boston, Massachusetts
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34 reviews
14 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

There was a lot in the museum about the history of the town, the different animals and wildlife on the islands, and nice displays. I spent hours in here with my wife.

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Thank Matthew H
Lima, Peru
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29 reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Longyearbyen is small and this museum is small, too. But in a small space, it gives you a good history of how society and life on Svalbard developed. One drawback, however: not everything is translated into English so brush up on your Norwegian!

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