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“Unmissable Museum”

North Pole Expedition Museum
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Owner description: Open every day 10 - 14. The (formerly Spitsbergen Airship Museum) museum is an expedition museum and the northernmost aviation museum in the world. The museum ia about expeditions to the North Pole, departing from Svalbard. The emphasis is on the 'America', the 'Norge' & the 'Italia' expeditions. Open daily Febuary through September. Several hours of the original expidition movies running continuosly. The exhibitions is a collage between old newspapers, postcards, photos, plane modelas, several hours of original movie material, clothes, stamps, letters, telegrams and more.
Reviewed 15 July 2014

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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Reviewed 1 July 2014

This is also a small but dense museum. It covers several efforts to reach the North pole by airship. If you go to Ny Alesund as well, then you can see the mast that these air giants would have been tethered to. Be ready to do a lot of reading. There are some great videos and many pictures as well.

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Reviewed 30 June 2014

you must have a lot of time to read every thing and to look at every film; But if you are interested in the race to discover the north pole than that is your place to be...

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Reviewed 21 June 2014

Sadly I rushed through in 45 minutes just before my departure. I wish I had left more time. The museum is a fascinating and very detailed insight into the history of airship exploration of the arctic and if you are into this kind of thing you could spend a couple of hours here easily. Not to be missed.

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Reviewed 17 June 2014

Had a good experience at the Spitsbergen Airship Museum. A modern an extensive collection, as well as a museum shop with good variety. Nice host. Highly recommended!

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