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.

The nations that participated in these historical events include Norway, Russia, Italy, America, Sweden, Holland, France. the Czech Republic and Finland are represented.

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.

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.

  • "Nansen" and the ship Fram (1893-1896)
  • "Andrée", and the balloon Ørnen (1896-1897)
  • "The Duke of Abruzzi", and the ship Stella Polare (1899)
  • "Cook and Peary" (1906-1907)
  • "Wellman" and the airship America (1907/1909)
  • "Amundsen, Ellsworth and Nobile, “Amundsen-Ellsworth-Nobile Transpolar Flight” expedition in 1926
  • "Italia" expeditions in 1928. The following rescue operations after the crash on the sea ice constitute the largest search and rescue operation in the Arctic, up until today.

Articles about our Museum

Europe's best kept secret Museums

An article about the best kept secrets Museums in Europe!

By Rachel Gross, 21 September 2013

Il museo dell'esplorazione polare alle Svalbard

An article and a podcast with an interview to Stefano Poli

By Barbara Gavallotti, 2008

Un museo dell'avventura al Polo

An article on an italian newspaper (Il Corriere)

By Leila Codecasa, 12 Genuary 2016

Gli eroi della tenda rossa: alle isole Svalbard sulle tracce di Nobile 90 anni dopo l’epopea del dirigibile Italia

By Lorenzo Cremonesi, 22 Maggio 2018

Italia - The airship crash chronicle

A wonderful interactive article about the tragedy of the airship "Italia" in 1928.

By different authors, 25 Maggio 2018

North Pole Expedition Museum

Org. number 990426465

Post box 644

9171 - Longyearbyen