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The Polar Museum (Polarmuseet), Tromso
(3.9/5 based on 1,300+ reviews on the web)
Dedicated to Norway's long tradition of Arctic exploration, The Polar Museum (Polarmuseet) catalogues the history of science, human survival, and industry in the world's coldest reaches. Visit the museum, housed in an early 19th-century wooden warehouse, for a glimpse of the vessels, machines, and equipment that helped to transport humans to the ends of the earth. Keep in mind as you wander the exhibits that although whaling, bear hunting, and seal trapping is controversial today, these methods played a vital role in sustaining the region and spurring further discovery during the 19th and early 20th centuries. Don't miss the special exhibition dedicated to Roald Amundsen's Antarctic exploits. Using our international travel planner, Tromso attractions like The Polar Museum (Polarmuseet) can form part of a personalized travel itinerary.
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  • Excellent exhibitions, allow at least 2 hours for the visit. Lot of interesting topics around the polar expeditions. 
  • The price is affordable and very interesting exhibition. The booklet (available in french at the reception) is absolutely essential to delve into history. The (fake) animals are really well done. A few small black spots however: the person at the reception was very nice and the exhibition should be a little more interactive, especially for children (screens, workshops,...).
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  • Quite a small museum but well laid out and with great information about polar exploration history. Very interesting. Good value and close to centre. Lovely old building. 
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  • adequate museum to learn about fur trapping and all.. not really english friendly although they do have some content written in english.. which is not alot to begin with.
  • It's really small and little bit disappointing. Good enough for a rainy day, otherwise better to go for a hike around Tromso...
  • Nice cosy museum about polar exploration and the history of surviving under harsh environments. I felt bad though for all the killed animals during past decades.
  • Great exhibitions on Nansen and Amundsen, with some exciting artefacts on display. Personally less interested in the seal hunting industry, but for the price this was a well thought out and lovingly curated museum.
  • Learn alot about old norway