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Svalbard Museum

Postboks 521, Longyearbyen 9171, Norway
+47 79 02 64 90
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Ranked #4 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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Nice, France
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3 reviews 3 reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 25, 2014 NEW

A naturalistic museum without any special object, but very well displayed. We loved the videos at the very end of the exhibition on glacier surges and polar bear migrations. Very interesting as well the clothes of the original Barents expedition.

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New York City, New York
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34 reviews 34 reviews
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12 helpful votes 12 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 24, 2014 NEW

It took us about 45 min to view the entire museum. It provides a good oversight of what life was like in Svalbard and some insight into the wild life(stuffed seals, polar bear, deer, birds, etc). I didn't see many fossils which is disappointing given the fact that there plenty to be found around Longyearbyen. There is a large area... More

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Sheffield, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 22, 2014 NEW

There's lots in here, from geology, climate and wildlife through to an interesting history of the human settlements on the islands. The coverage of trappers is especially interesting. It makes a brilliant introduction to Svalbard and the things you are likely to see during your visit. The shop is excellent for books & gifts too - easily the best in... More

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Sydney, Australia
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 22, 2014 NEW

It is a good place to while away an hour or two. It does give a good history and has interactive exhibits for children, which competes a little with adults trying to read detailed exhibits (multi lingual). It is also nice to get out of the weather for a break. The museum people certainly try very hard to make it... More

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Kiev, Ukraine
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6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 19, 2014

The museum is not so big: it shows the history of Svalbard, special attention is given to geological and environmental aspects. Here you can see a historical facts about the discovery, whale and polar bears hunting, mining etc. There is a special spot with fells where you can sit and read the book. The data on climate change affecting the... More

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Moscow, Russia
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 17, 2014

I regret to say, I miss new technologies in this presentation, It remind me Kunstkamera, the oldest museum of Saint-Petersbourg (Russia). Only for children. Why the Scientists of the Research Center next door didn't help the situation ? Are they affraid to make it too much serious?

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Pretoria, South Africa
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 7, 2014

Excellent selection of books of the Arctic, available in many languages. Be prepared that you have to leave your shoes at reception and either change into plastic shoes, or wear shoe covers.

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London, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 7, 2014

Excellent Museum. Would benefit from a guidebook to the exhibits. Not all the exhibit details were in English

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Houston, Texas
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 5, 2014

We enjoyed the layout and the information presented. Well put together. They did have a video but you couldn't watch it without standing so most people, including us, did not watch it. It is not interactive or kid friendly. They do have a little reading corner which I found charming. It is worth a visit to learn the history of... More

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Gothenburg, Sweden
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16 reviews 16 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 4, 2014

the museum gives you explanation from the discovery of the island to today's life on the island. It's really interesting and it's a must-visit for anyone stepping in Svalbard for the first time!

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