Svalbard Museum, Longyearbyen

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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, Longyearbyen 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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  • August 16, 2017
    Small museum, beautifully arranged where everything is exposed so as to be widely enhanced and clearly explained.
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  • August 16, 2017
    A really great place to visit. Town is also easily walkable, free WiFi at tourist office and many tours to local glacier can be taken from here too. We did Nordenskjold glacier, Templeford & Tuna Glac...  more »
  • August 16, 2017
    This is a great place. Museum pictures of plants and animal specimens. There are many year legacy left by explorers. Large blocks of information and photographs reflect the arduous journey of explorers that year. Let us learn a lot of knowledge of animals and plants in the Arctic. And the protection of the ecological balance of the Arctic, preventing, warming, and so on. Especially stuffed animals, lifelike. Learned a lot of knowledge! Grateful!
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  • March 16, 2017
    In this museum you will find all the information about Svalbard, from its history and political context to animal species and modern-day society.
  • June 16, 2017
    Interesting museum about the Svalbard Islands, its first inhabitants and the local fauna
  • December 26, 2016
    Svalbard is a beautiful place, but one that has a sad history. Taxidermied wildlifeis nothing new, but is it ever really necessary? Why should I look at something that died for the sole purpose of being ogled at? Replace the dead wildlife with TV's that show these beautiful animals in their natural habitats. The gift sells nice books and items, but equally sells repulsive pictures of hunters standing proudly next to their slaughtered prey. We as a society move past such senseless destruction. I understand it is the history, but my country has a history of slavery but we don't put it on food trays to be sold. Replace those violent images with polar bear warnings signs. That is special to Longyearbyen and a much better representation of its status in modern time.
  • August 8, 2016
    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.
  • December 15, 2016
    Great museum for its size, lots to see & learn. English descriptions are shorter but still plenty to read.

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