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Good expedition artifacts

A quick stop off for an hour or so. Plenty of artifacts in the way of posters, magazine and... read more

Reviewed 6 days ago
Curtis S
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Really unusual museum documenting attempts to reach the north pole

I learned a great deal here: a vast amount of historical material and items related to early polar... read more

Reviewed 2 weeks ago
London, United Kingdom
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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 6 days 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.

1  Thank Curtis S
Reviewed 1 week ago 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 1 week ago

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 2 weeks ago

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 3 weeks ago

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 3 weeks ago

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
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

This is very well organised with "Summary Displays" & "Detailed Displays" for each historic section. Meaning you could get a good overview in one hour or happily spend two hours on a detailed visit.

1  Thank David G
Reviewed 31 May 2018

I found this museum to be average only. It does have extensive information in print near to the photographs and collections. But grasping the lengthy information was boring. The reason why I chose to visit this museum was because of the attractive name it carries....More

Thank Sachin K
Reviewed 25 April 2018 via mobile

The museum is quite little but very well organized. You can find here lot of interesting information about North Pole expeditions, including the history of Norge and Italia dirigibles.

Thank Massimo D
Reviewed 14 April 2018

Very small museum packed with information. It is a bit daunting because it is full of panels to read. I learned a lot about the attempted races to the North Pole that were based in Svalbard but there is a lot or reading. I do...More

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