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Svalbard Museum, Longyearbyen

(4.6/5 based on 700+ reviews on the web)
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. With our custom trip planner, Spitsbergen attractions like Svalbard Museum can be center stage of your vacation plans, and you can find out about other attractions like it, unlike it, near it, and miles away.
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TripAdvisor
  • Very well laid out, chronicles the life and the existence of the people of the region, their work. Well illustrated and animated, scenery and scenarios. Modern and comfortable visit.
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  • The Museum is located in the Nice, modern premises associated with UNIS at the bottom in Longyearbyen. The exhibition is built around different themes: capture man's life, mining, wildlife, plant life, Svalbardprofiler, etc. There are many fine photographs, and they are well captioned or subtitled. It is a bit small, but fun interactive installations for the kids to crawl through a mine time and dig up fossils in the pebbles. Not least, it's nice to see a polar bear in full size. The Museum has a sitting corner with books and newspapers but a nice view to the Advent Valley. Here are the Windows covered with poems from Svalbard. The Museum is definitely worth a visit when you are in Longyearbyen.
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  • Compact but interesting museum showing the history of the area and the people. Nice display of artifacts and local wildlife  more »
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  • If you have ever the chance to visit Svalbard, take a bit of your time to visit this museum. It is very different from the museums we are used to see. And there is a lot of history and science facts well explained there. I really enjoyed the museum and had learn few things about the island.
  • Great museum. Comprehensize information and history about Svalbard and Arctic.
  • This museum was an amazing place to learn a bit about the culture and wildlife and history of the Svalbard. Great placement and a nice library.
  • Displays are well done, especially the mining techniques of the past.
  • Learnt that Roald Ammundsen died flying across to Svalbard to take part in the search for balloonist.