Greenland National Museum

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Greenland National Museum information

Nuuk Town (Godthåb) , Greenland
Address
Street Hans Egedesvej 8-12
Telephone
+299 322611
More information
www.natmus.gl
Prices
admission free
Opening hours
1-4pm Tue-Sun Oct-Apr, 10am-4pm Tue-Sun May-Sep
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Lonely Planet review

The spacious, well-presented Greenland National Museum is based in an extended 1936 warehouse. Its better exhibits include an interesting section on 1950s social change and a geological room emphasising that the world's oldest rocks (3.8 billion years old) come from the Nuuk region. However, the unmissable climax is the mummy room. Here a trio of mummified 15th-century women and a very spooky six-month-old child stare blindly out from their dimly lit display cases. Their fur clothes and kammiks (traditional boots) are intricately sewn and embroidered, but their cause of death remains uncertain. Found at Qilakitsoq near Uummannaq, they made the cover of National Geographic and are an eerily unforgettable sight.