I can't understand why locally organised tours exclude this fascinating museum. I found it much more interesting than the Svalbard Museum across the road, and while that museum was packed, this one was empty. There is a lot of wall text, but it's possible to look at the objects and piece the stories together without reading every single word. It's well organised and there are two areas where you can sit down and watch fairly extensive contemporary footage of the Norge voyage and other air ship voyages over the Pole. Mussolini puts in an appearance early in the Norge film (it was a joint Norwegian and Italian project), and just seeing his odd walk and stance was fascinating. I agree it's not for children, unless you want to simply point out some of the more interesting objects rather than trying to take it all in, but for adults who have made the trek to Longyearbyen, it would be crazy to miss this. The objects, film footage, and texts really capture the magnificent strangeness and almost reckless courage of the arctic explorers. While I liked the Polar Museum in Tromso very much, this one brought home the mystery and grandeur of the Arctic much more.
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