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“small but wonderful museum.”

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 24 June 2014

great exhibits and movie. friendly staff and with a passion about the glacier and also concerning climate change. take the stairs to the roof for the view.

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Reviewed 23 April 2014

I wasn't sure about visiting this museum as the reviews were mixed. However I'm so glad we did! Our 10 and 8 year olds really enjoyed it. It probably helped that we were there off season and pretty much had the place to ourselves. It is pitched at just the right level to be educational and entertaining. We spent a good hour and half - we watched the film, were very impressed with the climate change exhibit, did the hands on experiments, read most if not all the info boards and made several trips through the model glacier! The staff were friendly and helpful. We took the short drive up to Boyabreen glacier and had a lovely 30 min walk in glorious spring sunshine!

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Reviewed 12 April 2014

If you are just a litle bit interest in glaciers, you have to came and see this museum. They show a panoramic film from the Jostedalsglacier. It is just amazing :-)

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Reviewed 10 February 2014

Very nice museum with a lot of interesting exhibitions, wonderful panoramic film about the Jostedals glacier and cool "walk through time - exhibition". Could spend hours in there! Nice staff and so worth the entrance and I would definately recommend you to go there. :)

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Reviewed 9 February 2014

The museum is located in one of the most beautiful places in Norway, surrounded by mountains and glaciers, this is a once in a lifetime experience.

The museum is a must if you are in the area as it describes in detail the science behind glaciers.

There are a number of hands on interactives plus a wide screen film shot from a helicopter and a climate change exhibition that tells the story of the creation of the universe and how we impact on our environment. The exhibition is more of a themed attraction than the traditional exhibition one expects in a museum. It includes many special effects, projection and theming to create key stages from the birth of the universe to the future of our planet.

The museum appeals to both young and adults, for children there is also a glacier that one can walk into which is brilliant.

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