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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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  • The museum itself is a little impressive red wooden building right on the water. Much to the seal can be found on the ground floor. Rather borderline with sensitive children. The exhibits and explanations of various polar expeditions are more interesting, for example To the rescue of Umberto Nobile by Amundsen. If one has read the book "Nobile" itself, one feels pure transported correctly in the action. It is good that you get on loan German-language brochures. The caption of the exhibits is mostly Malay (where the deciphering at least of the gross sense of something talking people is no problem) - partly also often verkürzt-in German and English.
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  • On a fresher day on museum visit. This small museum gives a good picture of the history of the polar explorers and the circumstances in which those tough men survived (albeit yet who could tell after). A must.
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  • We were fortunate to have a local guide for some of the exhibits. Amazing amount of history and information in a small place. This was all in a rustic two-story structure with rooms at many different ...  more »

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Tromso is a major tourist destination in northern Norway and offers a range of accommodations. In the city center, take your pick from numerous hotels at varying prices and within walking distance to restaurants, nightlife, and tourist attractions. If you've come for the city's main attraction, the northern lights, check out a number of offbeat accommodations that bring you closer to nature. Consider staying in a cabin or fishermen’s cottage near the city, with a fjord or the sea as your backdrop. Alternatively, experience the local culture by renting a room from a family.
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