This small museum, though not the most rich, is nevertheless vital for the records it maintains of the Pomors, the people of the White Sea, who some (including this museum) claim were the true first discoverers of Svalbard. In recent years, the museum has been a point of minor conflict between Russia and Norway; the museum was built by Russia, and is still owned by it, on territory that Norway considers sovereign. The highlights of the museum are:
- William Barentz’s archaeological finds
- Collections of minerals and fossils.
- Taxidermy of polar wildlife.
- Some local coal mining history.
- WWII and Soviet rule.
- Since the only way to currently get to Barentsburg is by tour bout, your museum visiting hours is consequently dependent on that. In otherwords, the Museum is open when tour boats or other operators are available.
- It only opens when tour boats are in port.
- For timing details please enquire before you visit.
- Get there through a tour operator.
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38.37% of people who visit Longyearbyen include Barentsburg Pomor Museum in their plan
4 PM - 5 PM
60% of people start their Barentsburg Pomor Museum visit around 4 PM - 5 PM
People usually take around 1 Hr to see Barentsburg Pomor Museum
95% of people prefer to travel by car while visiting Barentsburg Pomor Museum