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Svalbard Museum

Postboks 521, Longyearbyen 9171, Norway
+47 79 02 64 90
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Ranked #3 of 14 attractions in Longyearbyen
Certificate of Excellence 2014
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,... more » 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. « less
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Gothenburg, Sweden
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30 reviews 30 reviews
5 attraction reviews
11 helpful votes 11 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 23, 2014 NEW

This exhibition is nicely designed and presented in a beautiful way, but I guess it is more interesting for a non Scandinavian because nothing was really new or fascinating for me, being a Swede.

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Calgary, Canada
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46 attraction reviews
58 helpful votes 58 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 22, 2014 NEW

What a nicely laid out museum! The displays are excellent and the information is well researched. We spent just over an hour here on the way back from an Arctic Expedition. They have lockers (free) right at the entrance to store your backpacks or belongings, give you throw away paper slippers to put over your shoes or boots, and have... More

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Tromso, Norway
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11 reviews 11 reviews
6 attraction reviews
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 20, 2014 NEW

The museum is a great little place with an area to chill out and soak up the atmosphere. The exhibits are simple yet full of information and you get to know a little about everything on Svalbard from the coal mining to the explorers, and from the hunting of the fauna to the now day preservation. It gets a lot... More

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Stockholm, Sweden
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41 reviews 41 reviews
17 helpful votes 17 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 16, 2014

The museum offered a lot of history and interesting facts. It was "simple" but very "rich" as you got to know a lot of everything (climate, aviators, animals, the people, culture etc.), definitely worth a visit.

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Hamar
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46 reviews 46 reviews
20 attraction reviews
27 helpful votes 27 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 16, 2014

A very good museum. Very good explenation on things. Its a must do when you visit Svalbard. A good combination of history and up today life

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Gold Coast
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71 reviews 71 reviews
13 attraction reviews
37 helpful votes 37 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 15, 2014

Provides a great insight into polar life and history. Exhibits are very well presented with extensive detail in english. Should not be missed.

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London
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8 reviews 8 reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 15, 2014

Friendly staff asks you right at the entrance to take your shoes off and wear a pair of crocks (which they provide) then the fun begins: it isn't an interactive exhibition, however they do present local history at its best. Airy and easy to walk through, interesting. Pretty sure you'll spend at least an hour in this small museum to... More

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Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 14, 2014

Engaging layout, multiple displays in various languages, and valuable overview of the area over the years (whaling, hunting, mining, and now research and tourism).

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Copenhagen, Denmark
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17 reviews 17 reviews
3 attraction reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 14, 2014

Visited the museum during a long weekend at Svalbard. The museum is located in the same building as the research center and the first impression of the museum is very positive. The tour around the building covering the history about Svalbard and the evolution in the population was very interesting and especially seeing stuffed seals and polar bears were a... More

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Stockport, United Kingdom
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32 reviews 32 reviews
8 attraction reviews
16 helpful votes 16 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 13, 2014

Visited the museum whilst waiting to board an arctic cruise. It is very well laid out and gives a logical introduction to the history and natural history of the Svalbard archipelago. The captions are in Norwegian but there is almost always an English translation or summary. It is very good value and well worth spending the time and money to... More

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