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“A Wonderful Museum In Beautiful Intimate Buildings”

National Greenland Museum and Archives
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Ranked #1 of 15 things to do in Nuuk
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Owner description: 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.
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“A Wonderful Museum In Beautiful Intimate Buildings”
Reviewed July 14, 2013 via mobile

My colleague and I were visiting Nuuk to research a play that takes place in 1408 and 2060, in Greenland. We spent many hours in the public exhibition and also spoke to key members of the Museum staff who arranged for us to be able to use the library, as well as taking time to show us around the exhibitions personally. The Museum is wonderful. The level of information in the exhibitions is just about right, and the selection of objects very nicely displayed. Everyone has heard of the mummies, and the child's face is very powerful, looking at you across 500 years. There is a great Norse exhibition with some of the best preserved medieval garments in the world and lovely intimate objects like hand carved toys. The exhibition on Greenland's more recent past is good too with interesting everyday objects sitting side by side with facts about culture politics health etc. Having the museum housed down in the historic buildings near the old harbour and beach works exceptionally well too. A must see.

Visited June 2013
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Bangkok
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“go watch the mummies of Greenland”
Reviewed July 11, 2013

a must, but hard to find the entrance, guess, they believe you can smell the mummies. Gd overall view of ethnic art!

Visited July 2013
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Kristiansand, Norway
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“Greenland National Museum”
Reviewed May 27, 2013

The museum is located close to the water front in the old part of Nuuk, not far from Hans Egedes house. The museum gives an insight into the Greenlandic history - from the early settlements and up until 1950's-60's. The displays are generally informative, yet nothing out of the ordinary, with the Qilakitsoq mummies as an exception - they alone are worth the trip to the museum.

Visited March 2013
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wooloomooloo
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“Amazing insights into Greenlandic culture.”
Reviewed May 4, 2013

This museum occupies several buildings in the old part of Nuuk. It's very small, so it doesn't take long to get around it, but it packs a punch. Very well organised and informative, and the star attraction - the mummies of Qilakitsoq - is hauntingly fascinating.

Visited April 2013
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“Must see”
Reviewed January 3, 2013

When in Nuuk, this is a must see. Exhibition is texted in English and Greenlandic, very nicely displayed. The mummies of Qalaqitsoq are must sees, even if these are the only things, you go for. they are world class naturally mummified bodies from the 15th century. the baby mummy looks like just sleeping. Four millenia of living in Greenland from the earliest stone techniques to th evolution of dogsleds, qajaqs and umiaq (large boat rowed by women).

Visited July 2012
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