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“Russia in Norway” 3 of 5 stars
Review of Barentsburg Pomor museum

Barentsburg Pomor museum
Barentsburg, Norway
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Zurich, Switzerland
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“Russia in Norway”
3 of 5 stars Reviewed September 9, 2013

Barentsburg shows all the typical signs of a forgotten Russian outpost. Decrepit buildings (though I don't know if the poor quality of the buildings is due to lack of funds to restore them or the harsh conditions that prevail in these latitudes, probably a bit of both), huge statues extolling the virtues of the heroes of socialism and horrific communist architecture. Sound awful? No, it is absolutely fascinating and a must see if you visiting the Spitzbergen Islands.

Visited July 2013
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  • English first
  • Italian first
  • Norwegian first
  • Portuguese first
  • Russian first
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English first
Stavanger, Norway
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“Fascinating visit”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 3, 2013

We visited Barentsburg by snowmobile from Longyearbyen, and it was a truly fascinating visit. It felt like going 30 years back in time to the old Sovjet Union. Propaganda seemed to play a central part there, also among the tour guides. Make sure to visit this museum as well as taking the tour through this fascinating town.

Visited April 2013
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London, United Kingdom
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“Even if you can not read Russian”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 1, 2012

If you are in Barentsburg this is a must-see. A lot of the legends for the exhibits are in Russian but most of the exhibits speak for themselves so that is not much of a drawback. It is a very small museum so you can see the whole thing in one hour and you will get a whole new perspective on the history of Svalbard (and a feeling you are back in the old USSR).

Visited September 2012
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