Official opening of Ny-Ålesund Museum

This summer, Kings Bay finished the new museum exhibit in Ny-Ålesund. In October, alle involved was invited to the official opening of the Museum.
Director of Section for the High North in the Norwegian Ministry of Foreign affairs, Bjørn Midthun cut the ribbon to open the Museum. Here he is with Kings Bay director, Ole Øiseth. Photo: Ole Magnus Rapp.
The recidents and scientists of Ny-Ålesund atended the opening and ribbon cutting seremony. The exhebition shows in texts and pictures, the early history of Ny-Ålesund, when it was a mining town. Seince science has played an important role the last 50 years, the new exhibition also focuses on this aspect of Ny-Ålesund's history. The loft of the building has been dedicated to the attemts to reach the North Pole in the 1920ies.

The new exhibition has been financed by Svalbard Environmental Fund, The Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Kings Bay, Svalbard Museum, and private contributor Per Kyrre Reymert. Stein Domaas designed the exhibition, and has had a big role in both the planning and making of the exhibition. Per Kyrre Reymert and Svalbard Museum contributed with texts and pictures.

The Museum is ment not only for visiting tourists, but also the inhabitants and scientists in Ny-Ålesund.
You can learn a lot about the daily life in Ny-Ålesund in the new exhibition.
The attempts to reach the North Pole from Ny-Ålesund is the theme in the loft.
Sander Solnes from Svalbard Museum inspects the nex exhibit.
Kings Bay board member Kirsten Broch Mathisen and Susan Barr from the Directorate for Cultural Heritage listens to Per Kyrre Reymert talk about the history of Ny-Ålesund.
From the left: Ole Øiseth, director of Kings Bay, Susan Barr from the directorate for Cultural Heritage, Per Kyrre Reymert, archaeologist, Sander Solnes, Svalbard Museum, Bjørn Midthun, director of ministry of Foreign Affairs, Anne-Line Pedersen and Elisabeth Kaddan, Svalbard Environmental Fund, Kirsten Broch Mathisen, Kings Bay board, Åsne Dolve Meyer, Kings Bay adviser, and Stein Domaas, architect.
All photos: Ole Magnus Rapp