Greenland National Museum and Archives

Greenland National Museum and Archives

Greenland National Museum and Archives
4.5
1:00 PM - 4:00 PM
Tuesday
1:00 PM - 4:00 PM
Wednesday
1:00 PM - 4:00 PM
Thursday
1:00 PM - 4:00 PM
Friday
1:00 PM - 4:00 PM
Saturday
1:00 PM - 4:00 PM
Sunday
1:00 PM - 4:00 PM
About
Greenland National Museum is Greenland's largest cultural history museum. The Museum preserves the Greenlandic history and our objects, art and images are from all over the country. A visit to the National Museum is a glimpse into all the cultures that have existed in the country from the earliest people to modern the Greenland society.
Duration: 1-2 hours
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  • Nalini N
    Greater Sydney, Australia653 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Great educational stop
    Well curated exhibits, the museum also contains well preserved bodies from the 1460s which were discovered by a few young men in 1973. The kayaks and clothing and general home life exhibits were very interesting. There is a little gift shop.
    Visited June 2023
    Written July 7, 2023
  • Jonathan
    Reykjavik, Iceland8 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Wonderful Museum
    Very thoughtfully curated with artifacts from many different time periods, this museum was one of the highlights of Greenland. One could spend hours here pouring over the vast collection, laid out and presented in a way that invites exploration and further research. And of course, the mummies are a powerful sight that is not to be missed. If you are in Nuuk, make sure you give yourself at least an hour here.
    Visited July 2023
    Written July 30, 2023
  • AdventurePhiles
    Dallas, Texas810 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Excellent and extensive, well signed.
    This museum houses an extensive exhibition of the history of the people of Greenland from the Saqqaq people to the present day, 1000s of years. The display cases are filled with artifacts and there are brochures in English describing each piece. There is also a separate building showcasing different forms of transportation. The exhibit covers farming practices and clothing and hunting and culture. It is definitely worth a long visit.
    Visited August 2023
    Traveled as a couple
    Written August 21, 2023
  • KelliGH
    Los Angeles, California13 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Great historical review of Greenland’s history
    This museum was very informative and well laid out. English information was succinct yet detailed. Interesting artifacts chronicled the many peoples who called Greenland home for over 4000 years and their cultures. A must-see if you have any interest in Greenland’s history.
    Visited August 2023
    Traveled as a couple
    Written August 21, 2023
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Jonathan
Reykjavik, Iceland8 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jul 2023
Very thoughtfully curated with artifacts from many different time periods, this museum was one of the highlights of Greenland. One could spend hours here pouring over the vast collection, laid out and presented in a way that invites exploration and further research. And of course, the mummies are a powerful sight that is not to be missed. If you are in Nuuk, make sure you give yourself at least an hour here.
Written July 30, 2023
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Nalini N
Greater Sydney, Australia653 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jun 2023
Well curated exhibits, the museum also contains well preserved bodies from the 1460s which were discovered by a few young men in 1973. The kayaks and clothing and general home life exhibits were very interesting. There is a little gift shop.
Written July 8, 2023
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AdventurePhiles
Dallas, TX810 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Aug 2023 • Couples
This museum houses an extensive exhibition of the history of the people of Greenland from the Saqqaq people to the present day, 1000s of years. The display cases are filled with artifacts and there are brochures in English describing each piece. There is also a separate building showcasing different forms of transportation. The exhibit covers farming practices and clothing and hunting and culture. It is definitely worth a long visit.
Written August 21, 2023
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Linda J
Sydney, Australia67 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jul 2022
This is a must visit if you are in Nuuk and want to know anything and everything about past and present culture. Situated in the old part of town in a picturesque setting by the sea.
Superbly presented and easy to follow displays giving a great insight into the way of life of these fascinating people.
One of the best museums of its kind I have ever visited.
Written September 1, 2022
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Phil H
Columbia, MD132 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Oct 2020
We spent maybe 90 minutes going through the museum. It is well worth the time. Won't repeat all the other reviews, but you will get a quick history lesson of the groups of people who have inhabited the island and some are surprising in time lines. The Norwegians actually settled in the south about the same time the Inuit did the north, but didn't stay. There were other earlier groups that did not stay. You get a feel for just now difficult and challenging simple survival was in Greenland. Exhibits are quite variable from taxidermy animals to modes of transportation. Fun fact - Nanook is the Inuit term for Polar Bear. Lots of other fascinating things to learn. Not big, simple but really well done.
Written December 10, 2020
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KelliGH
Los Angeles, CA13 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Aug 2023 • Couples
This museum was very informative and well laid out. English information was succinct yet detailed. Interesting artifacts chronicled the many peoples who called Greenland home for over 4000 years and their cultures. A must-see if you have any interest in Greenland’s history.
Written August 21, 2023
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What Doesn’t Suck?
Dubai, United Arab Emirates149 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Sep 2018 • Couples
For a National Museum it's quite small, but for little Nuuk, it is extremely impressive and way more in-depth and detailed than we thought. Tickets are $3 in the summer and $4 in the winter and the museum has two sides.

One focuses on the entire Inuit history, which is really fascinating, and the other touches on the recent history since Denmark landed on the island.

Must do on a trip to Greenland to understand more about where you are.
Written November 15, 2018
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Dr Stephen
Ashbourne, UK2,879 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jan 2014
Greenland National Muiseum Nuuk is a must-see while in Nuuk. An best of all, it is FREE!

The museum comprises four buildings - the mainm building, and three others you walk outside to get to (just a few yards).

Few people (I suspect) know the history of Greenland - the origins of its settlement, its people, how they lived, the arrival of Hans Egede (say 'Ill'), and its opening to the world in 1953. Its all here, with 1dth Century mummies, and an authentic cooperage.

A minor irritation is that the museum could be set in better chronological order in some parts, so if the evolution of the country is im£portant to you, watch the dates on the cases (it generally includes English language).

Please give me a 'Helpful' vote if my review informed you.
Written January 21, 2014
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RalphSchmitt
Fortson, GA853 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Aug 2015 • Couples
Another couple, my wife & I visited the museum 8/24 while on a North Atlantic cruise. We all enjoyed the fascinating exhibits, which did a good job of illustrating the history of this remote part of our world. In particular, how the Europeans colonized Greenland & displaced the native Inuits was a sad story reminiscent of America's Indians, South America's Incas & Mayans, & Australia's aborigines.
Written September 10, 2015
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Lyberthikkut
Nuuk, Greenland12 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Jun 2015 • Couples
The permanent exehibition provides you with an excellent survey over the historical periods of Greenland (Kalaallit Nunaat).
The museum is placed in a pittoresque part of Nuuk, as well as you have a nice view over the fiord. But on top of this, it is a must to visit and learn about the mummies from Qilakitsoq. They are rated top 8 in the world.
Written July 10, 2015
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