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Fascinating history

Worth a trip here to learn the stories of arctic explorers -- trying to conquer nature amid... read more

Reviewed 1 week ago
Cincinnati, Ohio
Great and museum!

The museum is very nice and cozy. There is a lot of information about the early polar expeditions... read more

Reviewed 2 weeks ago
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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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401-18, Longyearbyen 9171, Norway
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Reviewed 1 week ago

Worth a trip here to learn the stories of arctic explorers -- trying to conquer nature amid personal rivalries and more.

Thank swingspan
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

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

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Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

The museum is very nice and cozy. There is a lot of information about the early polar expeditions. I would definitely recommend visiting this museum!

Thank Bram d
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

This place does a great job showing Svalbard's role in polar exploration. If you are interested in exploration history (we are), it's definitely worth a trip. Lots to see. Well presented.

Thank AllTheContinents111
Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

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.

Thank Curtis S
Reviewed 14 July 2018 via mobile

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.

Thank Thomas B
Reviewed 11 July 2018

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

Thank adsr
Reviewed 6 July 2018

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

Thank Sue149
Reviewed 30 June 2018

Everyone does the Svalbard Museum. This one has extra stories and materials on North Pole expeditions and some great locally knitted souvenirs

2  Thank Lyn N
Reviewed 29 June 2018

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

2  Thank David82409
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