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Svalbard Museum

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Address: Postboks 521, Longyearbyen 9171, Norway
Phone Number: +47 79 02 64 90
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12:00 pm - 5:00 pm
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Sun - Sat 12:00 pm - 5:00 pm
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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 glimpse of Svalbard History

Had a couple of hours to spare and went to Svalbard Museum. Liked the the way it was set up and it just needed 1-2 hours before you have seen and learned everything there. I am... read more

4 of 5 bubblesReviewed 2 weeks ago
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Drammen, Norway
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Drammen, Norway
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23 reviews
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Had a couple of hours to spare and went to Svalbard Museum. Liked the the way it was set up and it just needed 1-2 hours before you have seen and learned everything there. I am fascinated by the tough and hardympeople who made a living in these conditions over the years. Would recommend a visit😊

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Auckland, New Zealand
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 91 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

The museum is like any other, it contains detailed information in Norwegian and English on the history of Svalbard and most interestingly it's recent transformation into a real town. Some impressive animals are on display as are relics of the hunting days and a section on the mining days. Well worth a visit, shoes off at the door and a... More 

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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Not much to see..but well explained! The shelfs are too dark (where all the old tools are kept..) you have to know the Norwegian language to understand some parts.. But so impressed about the true things and stories i red about... The polar bear is creepy

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Thank Federico D
Longyearbyen, Norway
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

This is a very good and thoroughly built museum where you will get an interesting story told about Svalbard and its history. The very basic story, but from the discovery by Willem Barents in 1596 until today's society living out of tourism and research. A place to visit when traveling to Longyearbyen.

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Fetsund, Norway
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Very interesting and informative museum. A mix of science, history, folklore culture and human thoughts of people that have stayed in Svalbard. You have to go there.

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Cape May, New Jersey
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 weeks ago

We stopped in at the museum to learn more about the area and its history before leaving for our Arctic expedition. Very glad we did. The exhibits were well done and logically organized. Normally, I absolutely hate museums and am easily bored by them. Definitely not the case with this one. I read just about every word and was absolutely... More 

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Solna
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed November 5, 2016 via mobile

We really enjoyed our visit at the Svalbard Museum, however, we missed some kind of interactivity e.g. Audio guide or video/tablet-like media. In general, if you are i Longyearbyen, this museum is well worth a visit.

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Thank Anders S
Stockholm, Sweden
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed November 1, 2016

A very very well spend 2hrs. You will be amazed of the history! Very likable och nice displayed. Esy to understad. In my World a must do!

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Montreal, Canada
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 22, 2016

Interesting and modern museum, not very long to go through - small boutique with jewels and books especially - you need to leave shoes and bags at the door, in free locked lockers.

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Cumberland, Maryland
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2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 18, 2016

Most of the attractions in Longyearbyen are only time-fillers for those waiting for cruises to the upper latitudes.

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