Setup in 1979, the Svalbard Museum was located in the oldest part of Longyearbyen. Today, in a quiet, calm realm of its own, you will find the Svalbard Museum in the Svalbard Science Centre. This museum of natural and cultural history is a must visit; credit to its magnificent exhibits, its intriguing information pool and the breathtakingly beautiful landscape around it.
The museum’s collection consists of objects, photographs, archived documents, art, books, video representations and has more than 1700 registered objects. It gives a detailed history of Svalbard and its place in polar explorations. The museum doesn’t limit itself to just history, nature, ecology and geology; it is a total projection of the evolution of arctic life through 400 years of human activity in Svalbard. It also consists of a fantastic gift shop to take home souvenirs.
There are a total of 10 exhibits in the museum which are:
- Basis for Life
- New Land
- European Whaling
- The Promors
- The Tundra
- Inner Arctic
- Hunting and Trapping
- Geology and Mining
- Migratory birds
- Modern Times
- Confirm the timings before visiting the museum.
- Children over 7 years: 15 NOK
- Students: 50 NOK
- Extra opening for groups: Ticket fare + 500 NOK per hour.
- There may be special timings on certain days during Christmas, Easter and Spring. Check the attraction website if you’re visiting near those dates.
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91.86% of people who visit Longyearbyen include Svalbard Museum in their plan
09 AM - 10 AM
71.43% of people start their Svalbard Museum visit around 09 AM - 10 AM
People usually take around 3 Hrs to see Svalbard Museum
91% of people prefer to travel by car while visiting Svalbard Museum
It's not a big museum, but it's perfect for someone who wants to learn lots in an evening. I recommend spending at a bare minimum one hour, but 2-3 hours will be the best. Four would just be stretching it. The "North Pole museum" is also worth a visit, but is purely dedicated to the NP expeditions.
This place is pretty sucky. By that, I mean the town as a whole. I came here to deposit the remains of my dead mother's cousin's dog's twitter follower's Ferrari, but there was something about me not being able to bury the remains in the tiny, sparsely decorated graveyard. I mean, I'm not even Mexican, so I won't get affected by Spanish flu. Stupid law enforcement trying to ship me off. They were highly disrespectful to my late mother's cousin's dog's twitter follower's Ferrari's wishes. I really disliked my experience here. The locals even incarcerated me for bringing my pet cat along. All in all, this was a very unfortunate experience for me. I had to deposit the ashes of my mother's cousin's dog's twitter follower's Ferrari in Russia, of all places. What an insult to a loved ones memory, and all because of a thousand people trying to save the world from a global epidemic. Boo hoo. Seriously, I would give this town 0 stars if I could.
Very nice and beautiful little museum, outlining the history and development of Svalbard - built up around small themes, such as explorers, hunting, mining, and modern day science. It's a small place, in the same building as the university center and North Norwegian Art Gallery. Worth spending 90 NOK and 1-2 hours. Also sells books and detailed maps of Svalbard's islands. Free wardrobe with lockers for your bags and shoes, and indoor shoes to borrow (but you can also easily just do it without shoes). NB museum is closed during winter months.
Great visual & well laid out informative place to learn something new of the island
I'm surprised that a museum on an island hundreds of miles away from mainland or major human civilization is nicer than MOSI here in Florida.