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The Polar Museum (Polarmuseet), Tromso

Categories: Specialty Museums, Museums
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4/5 based on 1,200+ 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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  • Been here before, but stuck a trip by today, too. 60 dollars for entrance is customizable price. You've heard about all the great polar expeditions, but it's also fun to see the little stories. Details from sealing and Fox hunting. History of svalbardreinen that almost became extinct due to hunting. Nice exhibition of trapping cabin. I took my time to listen in on an old interview with one of those who was with Amundsen to the South Pole in 1911, Helmer Hansen. He was the one who first went all the way since he was the best with the dogs and to navigate, and be able to be first to the pole point. But his loyalty to the boss did that he found on a bluff to get Amundsen to go to the front the last piece. This is something that was not of the exhibition, but something I've got to know when I became aware of the name.
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  • Plenty to see for those interested. Not so interactive for us who just wanted to learn a little. Plus for student ticket which made it affordable for us.
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  • This is a small, old fashioned and ultimately fun museum that is quite interesting whether you spend fifteen minutes or two hours walking around - and there is not much more to do in Tromso anyway! Ma...  read more »
  • 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.
  • Very good museum with information about seals, sealing, polar exploration, Amundsen and other early pioneers. I spent 3 hours there.
  • Very interesting place regarding the history of the Norwegian Arctic. Small but cozy and because it is such an old building it squeaks whenever you move. Cheap as well.
  • An excellent museum with so many features it would be easy to spend a whole day looking round. However the translations into English did not do justice to the material on display. Many different points would have been missed in the indifferent and ultrabrief bits of English shown. Surely a modern language student at Tromso University could help. The same would apply to other languages used by your visitors.
  • You will see comprehensive information about pole especially area around northern Norway.
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