North Pole Expedition Museum

North Pole Expedition Museum

North Pole Expedition Museum
4.5
9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Monday
9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Tuesday
9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Wednesday
9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Thursday
9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Friday
9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Saturday
9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Sunday
9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
About
Open every day from 9 am to 5 pm. The (formerly Spitsbergen Airship Museum) museum is an expedition museum and the northernmost aviation museum in the world. The museum is about expeditions to the North Pole, departing from Svalbard. The emphasis is on the 'America', the 'Norge' and the 'Italia' expeditions. Several hours of the original expedition movies running continuously. The exhibitions is a collage between old newspapers, postcards, photos, plane models, several hours of original movie material, clothes, stamps, letters, telegrams and more. Open daily from February until November.
Duration: 1-2 hours
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N73Oslo
Oslo, Norway193 contributions
2.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2020
Lots of information in this museum - but it mainly comprises of pages and pages of text stuck to the walls. Maybe what some people would enjoy, but our 10yr old and 13yr old were bored within minutes. There were a few videos running - but one was a 3hr documentary.... Zzzzzz

The Svalbard Museum across the road was much more suited for our family.
Written February 29, 2020
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stonellas
London, UK823 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jul 2022
We were recommended to visit this museum whilst we were In Longyearbyen and if you are interested in expeditions attempting to reach the North Pole then this is the place to go to. The museum is located behind the University & Svalbard Museum building not far from the town centre. The museum is quite small & is on 2 floors . The museum sets out the details of all the expeditions that attempted to reach the North Pole with contemporary reports, both newspapers & film, together with articles on large kindle like displays. There are also artefacts from many of the expeditions. Although we are planned to spend a short time there, in fact we both found it so interesting ( and my grandson who is 11 up to then appeared to have a limited attention span ) that we spent more than a couple of hours and still felt there was more to see & read about. I was told the museum sells the best coffee in the town but we never got to try that !!!
Written August 16, 2022
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trygvewennstrom1
Knivsta, Sweden8 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Jun 2022
When visiting any place in the world, we are usually somewhat aware of where we are going. We read some background, some history and have become a bit known with the country, place or region already at home. This museum added a few pieces to the puzzle we didn’t know were missing.

I was most thrilled with the details concerning personal pride and ego of one of the explorers. Having raised a lot of money (from his father) this member of the expedition was evidently most unsatisfied with the position media at the time gave him, and this is displayed through letters and telegrams posted in the exhibition.

This was very, very interesting to follow.
Written June 23, 2022
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Mikel_LTQ
London, UK67 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Oct 2022
Little gem of a museum. It's right behind the Svalbard Museum, and has a plethora of original pieces from the Arctic expeditions and the media coverage they received at the time. It's very informative and nicely curated with great care. The people setting it up love the Arctic and the topic of arctic exploration and the shows. And the woman at the reception is very friendly. Admittedly, there is a lot of information for kids and is not interactive. But it's certainly worth a visit.
Written November 3, 2022
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Poleinahole
Switzerland2,301 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Jun 2022 • Friends
The museum houses a wealth of information in a compact space. Count on at least an hour to read the descriptions. Note that part of the museum is on the second floor and requires ascending narrow steps. No lift for the mobility impaired. Decent gift shop.
Written June 27, 2022
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Jamie B
24 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Oct 2023 • Couples
This guided tour was a great way to learn about the history of exploration into the Arctic! If you’re interested in this history, definitely book the guided tour—the museum might be confusing without the tour, but with it, I learned so many interesting and unique stories about the explorers (and one spunky little dog!). The guide was knowledgeable and passionate, and I had a great time!
Written October 27, 2023
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Franca C
Bologna, Italy317 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2022 • Solo
I have learnt a lot about the North Pole conquer by a Norwegian and Italian team ( Amundsen and Nobile and companions ) It was very interesting. You spend a couple of hours ( but even less if you don’t read everything) in a nice warm museum .
Ida has been very wellcoming at the entrance and we have spoken friendly . Nice postcards.
The Museum is behind Svalbard Museum
Written March 19, 2022
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ilovelaika
Humboldt County, CA12 contributions
2.0 of 5 bubbles
Apr 2024 • Couples
If you're a serious history buff, you might like this museum. However, for the casual visitor, the displays are text-heavy and the organization of the museum is pretty confusing. The idea behind the museum is interesting, but there isn't much to see besides press clippings and written summaries. Didn't feel worth the admission cost.
Written April 23, 2024
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JohnBonza
London, UK219 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
May 2022 • Couples
Loved the things on show in this little museum dedicated to North Pole expeditions, especially by hot air balloon. Some nice artefacts on show and interesting stories to read. The lady on the front desk was charming; very helpful.
Written May 26, 2022
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all_the_places
everywhere180 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Jul 2022
Interesting view on some challenging race to the North Pole in that era. Bring some time. There's lot to see and to read. One feels that it's been done with passion. Unfortunately, it does not seem to be so much supported by the local administration.
Mind your head on the second floor ;)
Written August 2, 2022
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