Greenland National Museum

Nuuk, Greenland

The Greenland National Museum is located in Nuuk, the capital of Greenland. It was one of the first museums established in Greenland, inaugurated in the mid-1960s. The museum is affiliated with the Danish National Museum which has expanded its collections. The museum has many artefacts related to archaeology, history, art, and handicrafts and also has information about ruins, graveyards, buildings etc. It is based in a warehouse which was built in 1936.

A major display in the museum contains the Qilakitsoq mummies. The mummies consist of three women and a six-month-old child; half of the mummies found at Qilakitsoq.

The museum also houses a display on social change in the 1950s and one on geology. Several other nearby buildings also fall under the museums protection, such as the restocked cooper's workshop and a display on blubber vats and presses.



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Anderson England (2 years ago)
Fascinating national museum offering artifacts and photos from the countries history. The exhibits do not overlook colonialism or its permeating effects. However, the focus centers on settlement, adapting to the extreme climate and the spiritual history of the people. The famous mummies are tastefully displayed and are a glimpse back in time. The cultural meanings and developments in clothes and art are detailed informatively.
C Mills (2 years ago)
A lovely little museum, worth the price of admission. Filled with canoes, toys, tools and a few wonderfully preserved mummies at the back of the museum. Even includes Inuit underwear if that's your thing!
Swagga Menace (2 years ago)
Hello, It is I, Swagga Menace, and today I will be reviewing the national museum of Greenland. Before my review commences, I feel the need to inform readers of an issue. Those with low IQ cannot read this review simply because. To be fair, you have to have a very high IQ to understand Greenland National Museum and Archives. The humour is extremely subtle, and without a solid grasp of theoretical physics most of the jokes will go over a typical viewer’s head. There’s also Greenland's nihilistic outlook, which is deftly woven into its characterisation- its personal philosophy draws heavily from Narodnaya Volya literature, for instance. The fans understand this stuff; they have the intellectual capacity to truly appreciate the depths of these jokes, to realise that they’re not just funny- they say something deep about LIFE. As a consequence people who dislike Greenland National Museum and Archives truly ARE idiots- of course they wouldn’t appreciate, for instance, the humour in Greenland's existential catchphrase “Greenland National Museum and Archives is full of artifacts, archives and history,” which itself is a cryptic reference to Turgenev’s Russian epic Fathers and Sons. I’m smirking right now just imagining one of those addlepated simpletons scratching their heads in confusion as Greenland National Museum and Archives unfolds itself on their television screens. What fools.. how I pity them.
Thure Harrington (3 years ago)
Very interesting museum that covers a lot of the Greenlandic history. I would have loved to see a bit more about the huguenot settlement that was prior to the Danish and how that shaped inuit life and traditions. Also the way history is told could use an upgrade from the big white boards to a more interactive and including way, like it's been done elsewhere.
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