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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  • Amazing place to study the Svalbard wild life,,,, about history,,of Svalbard island,,,,,,hunters,,,, Animals ,,,Walrus,, Life of Polar Bears,,,Fishes, Narwhal whale ,,,Seal,,,, Reindeer...  more »
  • Museum was well put together, focused and covered several key themes of the area. Most elaborations are in Norwegian but the English summaries still explain the key points well. The layout is very...  more »
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  • 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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