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Open every day from 9 am to 5 pm. The (formerly Spitsbergen Airship Museum) museum is an expedition museum and the northernmost aviation museum in the world. The museum is about expeditions to the North Pole, departing from Svalbard. The emphasis is...more
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By contrast to the museum, the North Pole Expedition Museum focuses more on those who used Svalbard as a jumping off point to conquer the North Pole. With only a few authentic relics to support the stories, the Museum features loads of reading material displayed...More
A quick stop off for an hour or so. Plenty of artifacts in the way of posters, magazine and newspaper articles, items from the expeditions themselves and in depth narrative and stories related. A handy arrow system directs you around in the right order.
It's not a bad museum, but I felt that the approach was a bit old-school. Printed stencils to read and various artifacts. Even for a staunch museum lover (and stencil reader...) it was a bit on the dry side.
Largely just a collection of newspaper clippings and old displays. Feels like a museum frozen in time from several decades ago. The subject is fascinating, but the museum manages to make it rather dry. It's also overly focused on airship exploration (it apparently used to...More
I learned a great deal here: a vast amount of historical material and items related to early polar explorations with a lot of explanation. I never knew about the various balloon and airship expeditions for example. Really poignant is the rifle with a jammed cartridge...More
This is a specialty museum documenting the people and events surrounding polar expeditions. They do a good job of presenting the various attempts and many failures in an unbiased manner. The primary exhibits include photographs and reading material. A few videos punctuate the challenges. I...More