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Svalbard Museum

Postboks 521, Longyearbyen 9171, Norway
+47 79 02 64 90
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Ranked #4 of 15 Attractions in Longyearbyen
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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Kirkkonummi, Finland
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 18, 2014 NEW

It gives you good knowledge of Svalbard, from the past and also the wildlife. a litlle more souvenirs would not be a bad idea

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Oxford, England, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 16, 2014 NEW

Well presented with a comprehensive overview of the main areas of interest in the archipelago: history, prehistory, geology, exploration, hunting and wildlife.

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London
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 13, 2014 NEW

In such a small community at the ends of the earth... this is quite an exceptional museum. Modern, well set out, attractive and informative with almost everything translated into English. It has sections on wildlife, history, mining and life sized reconstructions including a mining gallery, and a trapper's hut. For anyone interested in the history of whaling in the arctic,... More

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galveston, texas
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 9, 2014

OK. This museum is hard to get to. It is in Longyearbyen, a little north of most everything. So, if you find yourself on Spitsbergen Island, do not miss this museum. The museum is lovely and modern. It is filled with displays, memorabilia, photos and maps. I really liked the map displays and the story of life in the Svalbards.... More

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Kitchener
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 6, 2014

This is a well laid out museum in the University building. It has examples (stuffed) of the native wildlife. There are replicas of miners cabins on the coal mines that brought people here.

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Princes Risborough, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 30, 2014 via mobile

Lockers available for coats and shoes and crocs are provided for walking around the museum. Lots of interesting stuff about whaling, mining and animals. We spent an hour here and thoroughly enjoyed it.

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Nice, France
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 25, 2014

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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3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 24, 2014

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

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

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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