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National Greenland Museum and Archives
Ranked #1 of 15 things to do in Nuuk
Certificate of Excellence
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Recommended length of visit: 1-2 hours
Owner description: Greenland National Museum is Greenland's largest cultural history museum. The Museum preserves the Greenlandic history and our objects, art and images are from all over the country. A visit to the National Museum is a glimpse into all the cultures that have existed in the country from the earliest people to modern the Greenland society.
Reviewed 27 August 2013

Fascinating extensive presentations and exhibits on everything and anything Greenlandic. If nothing else, the mummies are an absolute must-see. This museum is located on the water in the older part of Nuuk, a 10 minute walk or so from Hotel Hans Egede, as a reference point. Great bookstore on site. Easy to spend 2 or 3 hours here and the perfect respite from high winds or rain.

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Reviewed 14 July 2013

My colleague and I were visiting Nuuk to research a play that takes place in 1408 and 2060, in Greenland. We spent many hours in the public exhibition and also spoke to key members of the Museum staff who arranged for us to be able to use the library, as well as taking time to show us around the exhibitions personally. The Museum is wonderful. The level of information in the exhibitions is just about right, and the selection of objects very nicely displayed. Everyone has heard of the mummies, and the child's face is very powerful, looking at you across 500 years. There is a great Norse exhibition with some of the best preserved medieval garments in the world and lovely intimate objects like hand carved toys. The exhibition on Greenland's more recent past is good too with interesting everyday objects sitting side by side with facts about culture politics health etc. Having the museum housed down in the historic buildings near the old harbour and beach works exceptionally well too. A must see.

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Reviewed 11 July 2013

a must, but hard to find the entrance, guess, they believe you can smell the mummies. Gd overall view of ethnic art!

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Reviewed 27 May 2013

The museum is located close to the water front in the old part of Nuuk, not far from Hans Egedes house. The museum gives an insight into the Greenlandic history - from the early settlements and up until 1950's-60's. The displays are generally informative, yet nothing out of the ordinary, with the Qilakitsoq mummies as an exception - they alone are worth the trip to the museum.

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Reviewed 4 May 2013

This museum occupies several buildings in the old part of Nuuk. It's very small, so it doesn't take long to get around it, but it packs a punch. Very well organised and informative, and the star attraction - the mummies of Qilakitsoq - is hauntingly fascinating.

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