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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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Very visitor-friendly layout with fresh, well-lit displays sure to delight adults and children. I learned a lot.

5 of 5 starsReviewed April 22, 2015
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12 reviews 12 reviews
8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 22, 2015 NEW

Very visitor-friendly layout with fresh, well-lit displays sure to delight adults and children. I learned a lot.

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London, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 21, 2015 NEW

This wasn't the biggest museum we've visited but it certainly packs lots in, good knowledge and all very interesting. Well worth the small entry fee.

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Wassenaar
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16 helpful votes 16 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 20, 2015 NEW

Great introduction to Svalbard: the history, the environment, nature, animals and local population. Nice English explanation.

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Riehen, Switzerland
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7 reviews 7 reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 17, 2015

After an exploration cruise through the Svalbard Archipelago prior to flying home from Longyearbyen, we paid a visit to the Svalbard Museum. To us, it was a kind of review of the past 10 days experience, when we cruised on mv 'Silversea Explorer' extensively the archipelago. Also to mention the fantastic gift shop where shopping is a pleasure.

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South Shields, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 11, 2015

We spent part of an afternoon here to learn more about the history and geology of the area. The exhibits are well laid out and there's plenty of story boards along side them with lots of information. As it is in the UNIS building its not the biggest museum in the world but it makes up for that by the... More 

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Bewdley, United Kingdom
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311 helpful votes 311 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 2, 2015

This is an easily accessible single level open plan museum which tells the history of Svalbard through printed material, video presentations and displays of historical pieces. It is an excellent place to get an idea of Svalbard's place in polar exploration history as well as learn about the geology and wildlife of this amazing landscape. The museum has lots of... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 29, 2015

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

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

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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Amsterdam, The Netherlands
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 26, 2015

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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