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Svalbard Museum

Postboks 521, Longyearbyen 9171, Norway
+47 79 02 64 92
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Ranked #4 of 15 attractions in Longyearbyen
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Type: Museums
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London
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20 reviews 20 reviews
3 attraction reviews
11 helpful votes 11 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 9, 2014 NEW

Visited the museum prior to a trip to the Arctic. A modern museum well laid out and provided a good history of the area which we related to on our subsequent trip. Exhibits in English as well as Norwegian. There is an entry fee but it is good value.

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Kent, UK
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135 reviews 135 reviews
44 attraction reviews
83 helpful votes 83 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 8, 2014 NEW

We called in here after an Arctic cruise and it was well worth the time we spent. Very modern building, with well laid out exhibits. Covers almost every facet of life on Svalbard from the history to the geology to the flowers and wild life. I don't really see how it could have been made more comprehensive. Good range of... More

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North London
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60 reviews 60 reviews
18 attraction reviews
35 helpful votes 35 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 7, 2014 NEW

Relatively small museum providing an insight into polar life and exploration. English text on displays. Entry (with fee) through the tourist information office. Allow about 2 hours for your visit if you want to read all the information.

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Oslo, Norway
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17 reviews 17 reviews
10 attraction reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 2, 2014

Great unique location (Svalbard) and the content equally interesting and exciting. Good overview and some great exhibits. Pity I could not read them. For and ten NOK I got a pamphlet with the exhibit shown and identification of the various items also described in English. A bit cumbersome and I thought that the treaty said that all nations (signatories) were... More

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Toronto, Canada
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27 reviews 27 reviews
20 attraction reviews
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 1, 2014

This is a great little museum. It has very comprehensive coverage of local history in regard to whaling, hunting/trapping, geology, resource exploitation and Arctic politics. You have to check it out if you have a few hours in Longyearbyen.

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Ghent, Belgium
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36 reviews 36 reviews
20 attraction reviews
26 helpful votes 26 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 30, 2014

composition of the museum is very modern. You can buy post stamps and send your cards there. You must take off your shoes...

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3 attraction reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 29, 2014

As you enter the museum, the first thing you will see is an area where you remove and store your shoes. It seems odd in a public building, but we soon found that most of the places in the area require this. Sounds like a good idea to me! We were pleasantly surprised by this well laid out and informative... More

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Saskatoon, Canada
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50 attraction reviews
180 helpful votes 180 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 23, 2014

I am not a huge fan of museums -- too many panels of painful prose put me to sleep -- but this is one fine museum. From the warm and enthusiastic welcome to the excellent historical overview, well-crafted exhibits and very attractive building, this museum won on all counts. Make sure you stop in. An hour here will provide an... More

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Colchester
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25 reviews 25 reviews
17 attraction reviews
35 helpful votes 35 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 21, 2014

One of the not too many things to visit in Longyearbyen, the museum is a must. I visited on a Sunday, when everything else was closed, so was able to pick up a few souvenirs too. They had some really interesting exhibits and history, plus an awesome selection of books on the region.

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Norway
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13 reviews 13 reviews
8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 21, 2014

Great museum that really fills you in on the history and context of Svalbard. A good way to start your visit as it puts everything into context. Also note they have all the 1:100000 maps for sale here if you are off on trips (this is as detailed as they get). Give yourself a good 2 hours to do the... More

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