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Tromsø Museum – Universitetsmuseet, Tromso

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At Tromsø Museum – Universitetsmuseet, discover the archeology, geology, and zoology of the region. The site also reveals church art and the traditional and modern life of Sami, an indigenous Finno-Ugric people. The well-displayed and informative exhibits educate visitors about the consequences of global warming and the role of fire. Check out the replica of a "terrella" or "northern lights machine"--an early invention which creates the sense of the aurora borealis on a miniature scale. Look for the traditional Sami sod house in the garden, and stop by the gift shop for a selection of books about the aurora borealis. The museum also houses a small display on the Vikings. Put Tromsø Museum – Universitetsmuseet and other Tromso attractions into our Tromso travel planning website, and watch your holiday take shape.
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  • This place was really interesting! Exhibitions on local wildlife, geology, palaeontology, the local Sami people and the Northern lights. We thought it was really interesting and enjoyed a couple of... 
    This place was really interesting! Exhibitions on local wildlife, geology, palaeontology, the local Sami people and the Northern lights. We thought it was really interesting and enjoyed a couple of...  more »
  • Superb museum about 20 minutes walk from the centre of town. I thought the geological exhibition was informative, really well laid out with interesting interactive displays. There is a small cinema.....  more
    Superb museum about 20 minutes walk from the centre of town. I thought the geological exhibition was informative, really well laid out with interesting interactive displays. There is a small cinema.....  more »
  • Very interesting museum, a must visit when in Tromso. Very warm welcome by employee. There a few different parts/exhibitions here. We found the two Sami exhibitions the best but there are also a... 
    Very interesting museum, a must visit when in Tromso. Very warm welcome by employee. There a few different parts/exhibitions here. We found the two Sami exhibitions the best but there are also a...  more »
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  • First place in visited in Tromso. During my visit there was exibition about the northern lights which was informative. There are many articles/pieces available there on the Sámi people, about their life, culture. This also a best place to buy souvenir (cheapest in the town)
  • Great museum for those interested in geology, norwegian history, sami history, viking history, effects of WWII and some relics from churches
  • Visit to museum was time well spent. Excellent exhibit on history of Norway. Under the lights was a favorite - interactive and unique.
  • Really interesting museum - bigger than it looks from the outside, and some fascinating exhibits about arctic exploration. Lots of the labels are in Norwegian only though - a guidebook’s provided but it can be hard to work out how the info in the book matches up to the exhibits. Definitely worth a visit though!
  • Fascinating museum with exhibits on earth history, regional biology, the Sami indigenous people, and the aurora borealis. There was also an exhibit on WWII as it pertained to the locals, but unfortunately we did not have time to read through it. To fully enjoy all the museum has to offer would take about 3-4 hours. My only suggestion might be to include things in the gift shop that are specific to the museum. It was about a 30 minute walk from the city center. Overall, a very worthy use of time.

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