The Spitsbergen Airship Museum opened in November 2008 in Longyearbyen, Svalbard. It recounts the heroic efforts made to reach the North Pole by aviation pioneers at the turn of the last century and includes the story of three airships, departing from Svalbard, and their flights towards the North Pole.
The three airships are: • Wellman with the AMERICA in 1906, 1907 & 1909
• The NORGE in 1926 (Man first time at the North Pole)
• The ITALIA in 1928 and the following search and rescue expeditions
The nations that participated in these historical events include Norway, Russia, Italy, America, Sweden, Holland, France and Finland.
Controversy and a general lack of information has often surrounded these great expeditions. The Museum seeks to communicate, in a neutral manner and as correctly as possible, an understanding of the events that took place during and after these expeditions. As such, the Spitsbergen Airship Museum stands as one of Norway's only independant museums.
In July 2012 the Museum moved premises to a new custom built building in the centre of town. Find us just behind the tourist information centre near the fjord.
Old films, photos, maps, newspapers, postcards, drawings, original artifacts, clothes and more. The Airship-shop sells old and new books & souvenirs.