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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. Svalbard Museum is just one of the many highlights you can arrange to see using our , online itinerary creator Edition.
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  • This is a must when visiting Longyearbyen, gives you a good overview of the exiting history, with hunting, mining and tourism.  more »
  • We visited this on a very windy and cold day, but it is much more than just a museum to visit if the weather is poor. The museum does a great job of explaining the history of the islands and its...  more »
  • Very good layout. It starts by taking one through the history of Longyearbyen, its whaling and mining importance. And you can walk around the recreated landscape with life-size exhibits of the animals and birds and plants. Information boards were well written. One can easily spend 2-3 hours here. There is also a gift shop with some rather "cool" items on sale
  • The museum was in the middle of some rework but the majority was still visible. They have a nice collection of historical arctic items recovered from the archipelago. They also present the life of whalers and hunters. Most local animals have a stuffed specimen. Pictures, descriptions and videos about all major subjects rated to Svalbard.
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