The Polar Museum Or Polarmuseet, Tromso

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The Polar Museum Or Polarmuseet, Tromso - Address, Phone Number, Ticket Price

Address: Sondre Tollbodgate 11, 9008 Tromso, Norway

Phone: +47-77623360

Ticket Price: 60 NOK

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Time Required: 04:00 Hrs

Timings: 11:00 am - 05:00 pm Details

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This museum is all about Norwegian catches, Arctic Science and Polar exhibitions. This museum is known mainly for the fantastic Roald Amundsen collection. It was built on 18th June, 1978 just 50 years after the famous explorer visited the city.

The museum is still housed in one of the oldest buildings of the city that formerly housed customs warehouses and sheds. The permanent collections of the museum include:

  • Dutch Capture - These are the displays showing monuments and depicting the history of the Dutch hunters who were taken for whaling in Spitsbergen by Willem Barents in 1596.
  • Arctic Overwintered - This area shows polar bears and winter foxes which form the main fauna species of the region.
  • Pick Capture - This place depicts one of the main activities of the region which is sealing.
  • Roald Amundsen - As mentioned earlier, this is the collection of memorabilia and photographs of the expeditions done by the explorer.
  • Fritjof Nansen - Photos of expedition to the North Pole with “The Farm” within 1893- 1896.

The Polar Museum Or Polarmuseet Ticket Prices

  • Children (7- 18 years): NOK 30
  • Family (2 adults + 2 children under 18years): NOK 120
  • Students: NOK 30
  • Seniors: NOK 30
  • Special (Polarmuseet + Tromso Museum): NOK 80

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  • Very interesting exhibition. Flyers available in different languages and they say in a very nice way the history of artic exploration. English guide has more information than other languages.

  • I wasn't expecting much but it's very well done and fascinating look into the life of the early artic explorers. You can borrow a guide book in English if you wanted. I enjoyed this more than the Polarium.

  • Oh man, this place is brutal. Upon entering you'll see a recreation of a arctic hut, with a few mannequins in various work poses- and inexplicably accompanied by a looped soundtrack of baying & yelping dogs. Across from this is a taxidermy fox caught in a metal bear tap, next to two more taxidermied foxes investigating their own mortality in the form of a crush trap. Next up is a full size reenactment of a mannequin clubbing a taxidermied baby seal, while it's taxidermied mother looks on, immobilized in a nearby boat. The museum focuses on arctic industry, so hunting & trapping take up a large portion, although there are some interesting exhibits on expeditions to the north pole, maritime economy (including a number of old clocks and a ship's wheel). Roald Amundsen gets almost an entire floor to himself, including memorabilia from his expeditions & his (taxidermied) pet dog. Past the Amundsen section is a bit about the 'polar bear king', who was so named because he killed over 600 of them in his lifetime. To drive the polar bear theme home, there are also mummified polar bear organs on display next to an explanation of how to skin & butcher a bear- complete with color photos of a polar bear being eviscerated in what appears to be a church hall. Finally at the very top of the museum is a recreated office, complete with polar bear skin rug, plenty of taxidermied heads and one small, taxidermied baby moose? reindeer? I didn't get close enough to find out. There are chairs set up here if you need to sit down and take it all in. Head back downstairs to the lobby, and before you leave step into the room opposite the ticket desk, which was empty except for an 'ice sheet' hanging from the ceiling and a couple of wall placards explaining polar ice.

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  • A very interesting museum, lot of history about Norway and Arctic in general. Unfortunately all the information is in local language, and at the entrance they give you a small book in your language with some description of what you are going to see, but sometimes it's difficult to find correspondence between what you see in the museum and what you are reading. An audio guide or some description in English would really help.

  • Very kind people and nice figurines, there is also shown how all the arctic exploring was working. Very fascinating

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