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Fram Polar Ship Museum, Oslo

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Learn more about the polar explorations undertaken by the Norwegian explorers Fridtjof Nansen, Otto Sverdrup, and Roald Amundsen at Fram Polar Ship Museum. Climb aboard the Fram, the original ship used by Nansen on his voyage, and walk in the cabins of the crew members and the main deck to get a feel for what life as an explorer was like during this period. Also, view the ship used in Amundsen's journey through the Northwest Passage, the Gjoa. You'll have the chance to see the scientific equipment and actual artifacts that were used for the explorers' research. Look up at the museum's ceiling during one of their light shows for projections of the ethereal Northern Lights. Arrange to visit Fram Polar Ship Museum and other attractions in Oslo using our Oslo trip itinerary planner.
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  • One of the best museums in Oslo. Fram is a powerful ship, and you can see and touch every corner in it. Must see place in Oslo.  more »
  • Our tour provided only a short time in this museum. Perhaps that is why I was not impressed. We didn't have time to climb aboard the ship or really get into its significance. For history buffs this wo...  more »
  • Worth knowing the first ship that resisted glaciers from the North Pole. The movie is too long, it gets tiresome.
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  • Very interesting and impressive museum. The history and life of the former adventurers become really alive. There is a good movie to watch as an introduction and a lot of material to read in different languages. You can also go in the ship and imagine how life must have looked like on months or years long journeys.
  • The manner in which they constructed a building around the polar exploration ship is very impressive. Visitors can walk around on the deck of the ship, and inside of it. It would be best to avoid peak hours as the walkways and staircases are relatively narrow and can become easily crowded. The ventilation in the room is also understandably poor, which is probably only really a problem in the peak of summer, but can be uncomfortable. All around, definetly worth a visit.
  • Probably the worthiest museum to visit if you have to choose. Well designed, very informative and great concept. Great for children and adults of all ages. Best part is the possibility to go on board of the Fram.
  • Fantastic museum. Loved every bit of it. Explored it with almost seven year old and she was intrigued as well. Had so much (learning) fun along the tour of the museum. Take public boat from Pier 3 by town hall (65 kr return). Beautiful boat ride as well.
  • Surprisingly interesting museum with tons of information about polar ship expeditions. Of course the main attraction are the two preserved ships, but to put it all in context you should read through all the information panels. Well worth the visit, you should reserve at least half day for it.

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