Svalbard Museum, Longyearbyen

At Svalbard Museum, delve deeper into the distinctive 400-year history of the island, which is located halfway between Norway and the North Pole. Receive information on its development, wildlife, prevalent coal mining industry, relationship with the sea, scientific developments, and more. Discover how Svalbard's close reliance on the land and sea has influenced its culture. Each exhibit features descriptions that are fully translated into English. Stop by the museum shop on the way out to browse for interesting souvenirs and books related to the Arctic. Check the website in advance for hours, as they vary seasonally. Svalbard Museum is just one of the many highlights you can arrange to see using our online itinerary creator, Longyearbyen Edition.
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  • Here we got with us a good piece with the history of Svalbard and other polar history, good exhibition that is worth a visit.
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  • Interesting and informative about the life in the Svalbard archipelago. Both from capture life and mine workers ' story. Nice exhibition.
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  • Don't miss an hour or two at Svalbard Museum. Very nice if the Svalbard history, wildlife and more. Very nicely presented with images and real-world environments.
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  • Very nice and beautiful little museum, outlining the history and development of Svalbard - built up around small themes, such as explorers, hunting, mining, and modern day science. It's a small place, in the same building as the university center and North Norwegian Art Gallery. Worth spending 90 NOK and 1-2 hours. Also sells books and detailed maps of Svalbard's islands. Free wardrobe with lockers for your bags and shoes, and indoor shoes to borrow (but you can also easily just do it without shoes). NB museum is closed during winter months.
  • Great information given on Svalbard history, natural history too. A quaint museum which offers great insight on Svalbard. We enjoyed the museum and learning more about Svalbard.
  • Contained all the information you needed know know about Svalbard, and had pretty much logged most of Svalbard's history and the stories of how men survived the harsh winters and conquered the barren Svalbard islands. Also a great place to go in for a bit of warmth because of the heaters.
  • A fascinating museum. Great timeline history. Staff very welcoming and friendly too. It operates a no shoes policy like most of Svalbard but they provide crocs or overshoes whichever you prefer.
  • Nice but not everything is translated in English

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