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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Eric Donarski (10 months ago)
Was pleasantly surprised by how nice this museum was when my mom and I visited Greenland. We were both shocked by how much they had as it was one of the best natural history museums either of us had been to. It really leaves an impact and describes Greenlandic history well. I was also able to pick up a phenomenal art book by Aka Høegh there. This book taught me more about some of the mythos of Greenland and helped me explain a nearby statue to other tourists (The Mother of the Sea) better than their tour guides apparently could. Would highly recommend the museum!
uncle em (11 months ago)
This is a brilliant museum telling in a nuanced and thoughtful way the complex story of Greenland's inhabitants. It is hard to believe that everything in the museum was taken by Denmark and, especially, that it has returned only about a third of the artifacts it has taken. The museum is located in the old "colonial" part of Nuuk. It is a perfect place to learn about the history of Greenland
Benjamin D. Gordon (2 years ago)
Archival videos, Historical items of the Greenlandic culture. In addition to the first contact with Danish culture. Free entry and a good place to get a feel of Greenland from a distant past.
Alex Tattersall (2 years ago)
Cute little museum with tons of interesting artefacts and information about history and culture of Greenland. Excellent display and nice walkthrough. One item for improvement: make all texts available in English!
David Tattersall (2 years ago)
Good activity for on a rainy day in Nuuk. On Sunday‘s the entry is free. Exhibits are very interesting and you‘ll learn a lot about the greenlandic history.
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