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The Polar Museum (Polarmuseet), Tromso

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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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  • Very interesting exhibits and informative guide book. Some quite gruesome illustrations of animal hunting in the Arctic but a good description of the hazards faced by early explorers. 
  • An overwhelming collection of stuffed animals, animal skins, animal heads, and black and white photos with mostly Norwegian labels. Konzeptlose assortment of rooms and information. Suitable only for Polar Explorer cracks.
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  • some bland mannequins, old photos all in Norwegian and English: no fun to follow technical tribulations of their great adventurers in 20 min... we're happy to find clean air... only interest, the building very old, one of the only one not to have burned...
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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