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Svalbard Museum

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Address: Postboks 521, Longyearbyen 9171, Norway
Phone Number: +47 79 02 64 90
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Sun - Sat 10:00 am - 5:00 pm
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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Very educational, little museum

Small, well designed museum with a lot of information. The exhibition is very interesting and it gives you something to do in town when the weather is not that good... Also, the... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed August 31, 2015
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Tel Aviv, Israel

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Tel Aviv, Israel
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 31, 2015 NEW

Small, well designed museum with a lot of information. The exhibition is very interesting and it gives you something to do in town when the weather is not that good... Also, the little museum shop is great.

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Paris
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 28, 2015 NEW

Lots of well done displays, showing the town's whale and bear hunting, mining industry history, explanations about the Svalbard Seed Vault, ...

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Reading, UK
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 74 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 28, 2015 NEW

Take your time over this museum. The exhibition about the geology and wild life in Swalbard is well laid out. You are not, unfortunately, allowed to stroke the polar bear! Shoes to be removed when you go in as in many other places in Longyearbyen. Within walking distance is another private museum, mainly about Amundsen and Nobile. Turn right out... More 

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Midwest
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 43 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 25, 2015 NEW

A very nice museum with fascinating interior architecture. Exhibits were very educational and well done. The whole place is extremely well-designed and flows well. They have one of the best "souvenir" shops in the city, with several items made right there in Longyearbyen - wooden, rock, and coal items. All you need is about an hour or two.

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Birmingham, England
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 10 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 24, 2015

Although the museum is comprised of a single open "room" it manages to encompass the history of Svalbard informatively, imaginatively and entertainingly. With displays under your feet, above your head and one through which you can crawl, the museum contains more than glass cabinets and information boards. I would recommend this museum to everybody who visits Svalbard and would like... More 

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Sussex
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 23, 2015

The museum has a large selection of books, maps and gifts for sale. A very interesting display of historical arctic life with furnished examples of living huts, fishing equipment, sea ice data and taxidermy of wild life.

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Bergen, Norway
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 22, 2015

Small but very modern and engaging exhibition. It comprehensibly covers all sides of the long and fascinating history of this beautiful archipelago in the high Arctic, from geology, biology, to the modern history, explorations, start of tourism etc. Maybe most interesting is the part of the exhibit that describes the lives of current inhabitants and how they came to live... More 

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niagara falls, United States
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 22, 2015

There could have been displays in English. I f I had know many had no English translation I probably would not have gone in.

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 21, 2015

An interesting museum giving one an overview of Svalbads past. I carry back pics of Odd Ivar Ruud's quote & Svalbads Wildlife Services quote.The model of the coal mine also gave obe an idea of that tough career ! Interesting exhibits and a well spent couple of hours.

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 21, 2015

Not far from the main town or dock, the museum is situated next to the university. On entry either remove your shoes or wear the plastic covers provided. Not particularly large, the exhibits are life size and educational. Lighting is not the best due to the nature of the exhibits but the story of Svalbard is told as you walk... More 

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