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Norwegian Glacier Museum
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Recommended length of visit: 1-2 hours
Owner description: The Norwegian Glacier Museum opened in 1991, and is an award-winning hands-on museum, situated in Fjaerland at the head of the Fjaerlandsfjord. The museum is the leading centre in Norway for dissemination of knowledge with regard to glaciers and climate. In an entertaining and exciting manner, you will get answers to questions like ‘Why is glacier ice blue?’, ‘Why is the fjord green?’ and ‘How were the fjords formed?’. You can even perform your own experiments with 1000 year old ice from the nearby glacier Supphellebreen. Do not miss Ivo Caprino’s unique and staggering panoramic film from the glacier Jostedalsbreen – the largest glacier on mainland Europe. Another must is the experience exhibition abouft climate and climate changes. opened in June 2007. The glacier Jostedalsbreen and its surroundings is a National Park and the museum is an information centre forthe park. The museum was designed by Professor of architecture, Sverre Fehn, receiver of the 1997 Pritzker award - the highest international award an architect can get. The building has received several awards, including the highest Norwegian award for architecture. All exhibitions have been adapted for the disabled. The museum is a private non-profit foundation established by the International Glaciological Society, different Norwegian research institutions and the Norwegian Mountain Touring Association. H.M. Queen Sonja opened the museum in 1991, and since then more than 1,2 million persons have visited the museum .
Reviewed 8 February 2014

It is a small museum. Just the size for an hour visit. Surrounded by majestetic mountains, mighty glaciers and the fjord, the museum is a knowledge jewel in Fjærland

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Reviewed 6 February 2014

Interactive museum. Specialy we liked the movie and climate tunnel. For all of us is good to know more about the universe where we live and that we can do to save it for upcoming generation.

3  Thank Dalia K
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Reviewed 5 February 2014

Norway has a magnificent nature! Travel to the west part of Norway, and you'll get the uportunity to be surrounded by majestetic mountains crowned by mighty glaciers that reflects into the fjords. Fjærland, an idyllic village has it all - a breathtaking nature, especially from spring to October. The Norwegian Glacier Museum is a must on your vacation!!

4  Thank 153Kristina
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Reviewed 6 September 2013

Absolutely boring and old and tired exhibition telling absolutely nothing. We went in and came out again after 12 minutes and decided that we just have wasted 300 NOK more rapidly then ever before.

1  Thank LarsLyn
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glacierfun, Manager at Norwegian Glacier Museum, responded to this reviewResponded 5 February 2014

Our average score on our yearly Survey is 5,4 (scale 1-6 and 6 is the best, 300 guests participating)
I think this guest has:
1. not been at the museum, he says he stayed 15 min which is strange when our top rated panorama Caprino film last 20 minutes and our Climate tunnel 10 minutes. All guests see film and nearly all see climate tunnel and they are nearly always impressed. Or
2. this guest had a very moody morning. But, you cant give a caracter without trying our film and climate tunnel exhibition wich is placed in the entering area!! Somethings is just not correct with this persons comment.

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Reviewed 30 July 2013

We had our plans ruined by a wet day, so ended up driving a lot longer than we expected. Stopped at this museum because there were 3 mammoths outside and we had time to kill and tired legs to stretch. The museum does a good job of explaining the science, the geology of glaciers, but unlike a normal museum, they dont have too many exhibits. Just lots of hands on science demos showing how glaciers work - great and informative for kids and curious adults.

They had a model of a prehistoric man whose remains were found in the glacier a while ago. and a walk-through model of a glacier, with chilly temperatures which is fun for kids. there is also an ice piece to touch, although as you'd expect it feels no different to the touch than the stuff sticking to your freezer walls.

Small kids don't stand and read large displays, so they'll zoom around everything in 30 minutes, max an hour if they are really keen. All in all, a good place to stop if you are driving past, but I wouldn't go out of my way to see it. and the tickets were not cheap either £26 for two adults and 2 small kids.

Compared to Science museums all over the world, where most charge no fees and can teach kids about so many subjects, this is a niche museum talking about just one topic and seems poor value compared to say London's Science Museum, but hey, you are in Norway so what else do you expect?

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glacierfun, Manager at Norwegian Glacier Museum, responded to this reviewResponded 5 February 2014

Our general score is 5,4 (average per year) out of 6, where 6 is the best.
It is always sad that we can not make all our average 50 000 visiters per year 100 % happy and when it comes to guest that dont want to pay and spend money we have a challenge, Specially when a guest compare Museum of Science in London which is free. Though we hope this guest at least enjoyed our beautiful nature in Norway which is for free.

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