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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  • Small museum, beautifully arranged where everything is exposed so as to be widely enhanced and clearly explained.
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  • 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 »
  • 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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  • 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.
  • I loved it! Museum is not that big, but definitely worth seeing. :)
  • Really interesting and well done : perfect to spend an afternoon and learn some stuff
  • Worth it to visit, beautiful museum with a lot of history of Svalbard.
  • In this museum you will find all the information about Svalbard, from its history and political context to animal species and modern-day society.

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