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The Polar Museum (Polarmuseet), Tromso

(3.9/5 based on 1,500+ 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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  • In Tromsø, there are several museums. In this you can see elements used for Arctic campaigns, and details of the life of some of the expedition members (such as Roald Amundsen). What is here is not extraordinary, but to hang out okay.
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  • We spent about 90 minutes in this museum which is the Museum to do in Tromsø. A little disappointed in the content: not enough explanation in English in the content (despite some info in the booklet distributed in English/french etc). He would miss a few items on the environment in the polar regions, the environmental impacts of global warming etc (a room is reserved for that but it's a little short) the price is not excessive however (60kr per person) so the Museum is to visit.
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  • This small museum is somewhat hidden away in Tromsø harbour, but it's worth seeking it out to while away an afternoon. The exhibits are very detailed, and yes most of the them do not have English text...  more »
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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