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Address: Postboks 521, Longyearbyen 9171, Norway
Phone Number: +47 79 02 64 90
10:00 am - 5:00 pm
Closed now
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Sun - Sat 10:00 am - 5:00 pm

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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Nice and informative

Here you can learn about Arctic life, birds, mammals and trappers life in Arctic. Good collection of Arctic literature.

5 of 5 starsReviewed 6 days ago
Eastern Norway, Norway
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London, United Kingdom
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11 reviews
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 days ago NEW via mobile

This museum would have been really interesting, but half of the information didn't have an English translation which seemed a bit weird. It would have been better if I'd actually known what I was looking at. That said, there was lots of info (in English!) and it was very interesting. The gift shop is ruinously expensive, although it does have... More 

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Eastern Norway, Norway
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 6 days ago NEW

Here you can learn about Arctic life, birds, mammals and trappers life in Arctic. Good collection of Arctic literature.

Thank gunnarhansli
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago NEW

The museum was absolutely fine but a little small - good exhibits on whaling and hunting in English and the stuffed animals give an idea of the size of the local fauna. An hour is more than enough time to read the exhibits

Thank Will P
Mainz, Germany
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

I went to Svalbard Museum with my girlfriend to explore a little more of the history of the place where I lived for half a year. The museum is absolutely worth seeing! The path leads you chronologically through time beginning with the discovery of the island and the ship explorations of the Dutch and British, the mining industry all the... More 

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Gambrills, Maryland
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

We ended up with an extra day, and stopped in to the museum for an entertaining hour and a half. Interesting exhibits though the lighting made some of them hard to read. Worth 1-2 hours if you have them to spare.

Thank Diane S
Barcelona, Spain
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

Nice to know the history of Svalbard before you begin to explore Svalbard. Lots of information on how people has lived in Svalbard on different periods of the history.

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Los Angeles
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

It took me around an hour to go through this fabulous museum. Loads of historical information, as well as mockups of miners' quarters and other aspects of their lives. And lots of info on the animals, as well as figures, including a stuffed Polar bear.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

This museum was very well organized and very educational. It also had a bookstore that had extensive books about Svalbard, Longyearbyen, and Spitsbergen. Very friendly staff. We really enjoyed our visits there.

Thank Rulian F
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

If you are here for a short stop don't miss the museum -- it gives you the highlights of mining history and the history of the huntsmen.

Thank Dalaroe
Cincinnati, Ohio
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

The museum is easy to find and easy to enjoy. Nothing too large to see. The staff is very friendly and will try to do what they may to make your stay more enjoyable. You do take off your shoes as is still the custom in parts of Longyearbyen. This is the arctic and here are the animals and plant... More 

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