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Address: Postboks 521, Longyearbyen 9171, Norway
Phone Number: +47 79 02 64 90
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Description: 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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I am not a fan of the museums, but I got the advice to go there from the reception of the Guest House 102, so promised to follow. And was so surprised! The info is great and... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed March 29, 2015
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 29, 2015 NEW

I am not a fan of the museums, but I got the advice to go there from the reception of the Guest House 102, so promised to follow. And was so surprised! The info is great and display is magnificent! I strongly advice!!!

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Lage Zwaluwe, Noord-Brabant, Netherlands
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 29, 2015 NEW

The building itself is located in the research and university centre, a nice building on its own. The museum has a very nice set-up, roominess and shows everything there is to know from Spitsbergen. The history, the wildlife, the trappers, the whaling, the mining, research but also modern life, tourism and the future. Definitely a place to go when visiting... More 

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Cork, Ireland
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 26, 2015 NEW

This is the obvious way to satisfy your curiosity about how and why people came to live in this arctic paradise! The landscape here is extraordinary and the museum honestly takes it all on board in an empathetic and sharing way. You'll learn about the geology, ecology, economics and wildlife and with a huge emphasis on the people who created... More 

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Navan, Ireland
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 26, 2015 NEW

We were in Longyearbyen for the Total Solar Eclipse and the Museum provided a very good orientation to the town and the locality. The Museum is part of the UNIS University complex and benefits from a close connection. The natural and cultural history of Svalbard are covered in modern displays in an open plan viewing area. There is a nice... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 26, 2015 NEW

This was a nice experience. They have all the history about how you survived on svalbard in the old days. A good thing to do on a slow day.

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Perth, Australia
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 24, 2015

It was a very educational museum and to learn the history of Svalbard was really interesting. Wasn't expensive at all and close to shops. Great for kids and if you want to learn a bit more.

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Brussels, Belgium
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 22, 2015

The museum is a very interesting place to learn about Longyearbyen and the Svalbard's history. Displays a lot of ancient photographs, and the most common animals.

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Bergen, Norway
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 22, 2015 via mobile

Lovely little museum, with lots of information about Svalbard's history, geology and flora and fauna. Some interactive stuff for children too! Should definitely be on your list of things to do if you have time!

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Lewisville, Texas
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 19, 2015

Was included on our city tour. A very good history of Svalbard with exploration, mining, wildlife, hunting and more. Nice gift shop.

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Copenhagen, Denmark
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 19, 2015

great exhibition, interesting laid out and options for kids as well. very recommendable. Though a bit pricy for adults, the kids were free

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