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The museum recounts the heroic efforts made by pioneers to reach the North Pole at the turn of the last century. The purpose of the museum is to impart the history and importance of the North Pole expeditions have had in the Arctic.
It is a point for the museum to emphasize the diversity of the personal stories of the participants. Hence the texts are written by an international selection of historians and relatives of expedition participants.
The exhibition is in two floors, and consists of the original expedition film footage, pictures, telegrams, newspapers, philately, ship and plane models and other related artifacts.
In the museum you can learn about:
„Nansen“ the ship Fram (1893-1896)
„Andrée“ the balloon Ørnen (1896-1897)
„The Duke Abruzzo“ the ship Stella Polare (1899)
„Cook and Peary“ (1906-1907)
„Wellman“ the airship America (1907/1909)
„Amundsen, Ellsworth and Nobile”
“Norge” expedition 1926
„Italia“ expedition 1928 (the following rescue operations after the crash on the sea ice constitute the largest rescue operation in the Arctic up until today)
The Museum Shop sells a range of polar-related items, providing information and illustrations about the Arctic regions as well as gifts, cards and clothing.
NORTH POLE EXPEDITION MUSEUM
is centrally located in Longyearbyen, Svalbard. Find us just behind the UNIS (University building) near the fjord.