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The Polar Bear Society

Hamnegata 3, Hammerfest 9600, Norway
+47 78 41 31 00
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Little informative museum and FREE!

In an expensive country a great little museum like this which is free to enter is most welcome. The... read more

Reviewed 2 days ago
Burnley, United Kingdom
via mobile
Lovely interesting place

Visited on a Hurtigruten cruise so not too much time but more than enough to see this interesting... read more

Reviewed 5 days ago
Margot W
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The Polar Bear Society is located on the coastal steamer pier, together with Hammerfest’s Tourist Information. Join the world famous and exclusive society, and receive the Polar Bear Pin as proof that you visited the World’s Northernmost Town – Hammerfest! Our museum showcases our proud traditions with fishing and hunting in arctic conditions. There is also a gift shop. You can only become a member in the Polar Bear Society when you visit Hammerfest in person. A membership costs NOK 200,00 as a one time fee. The money supports the exhibition and pays the components of the membership: the Polar Bear pin in silver and enamel, a sticker with our logo on, a brochure with our statutes and some information, a diploma with your name on signed by the mayor of Hammerfest, a membership card with your own membership number.
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Hamnegata 3, Hammerfest 9600, Norway
+47 78 41 31 00
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Reviewed 2 days ago via mobile

In an expensive country a great little museum like this which is free to enter is most welcome. The museum is an extension to the tourist information office. The museum is small but is exceptionally well laid out and informative with good exhibits, the stuffed...More

Thank simply-peregrinating
Reviewed 5 days ago via mobile

Visited on a Hurtigruten cruise so not too much time but more than enough to see this interesting museum and exhibition. A definite if you are in Hammerfest.

Thank Margot W
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

It was a great stop there! It was a small museum but it was sweet and informative. We two had signed in for the polar bear society which has cost us 220 Krone/each person. This membership never ends and each year they have a meeting...More

Thank 760karyees
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

I wish I had more time to spend in the museum but even with the 10 minutes I had, it was a great experience. Free entry and lots of really nice souvenirs to purchase - both celebrating the Polar Bear as well as Hammerfest. The...More

Thank da_jm
Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

Came here as part of our tour from cruise ship docked in Alta. 10 degrees warmer here! Free entrance with a membership possibility costing around £20/€22. It is not a polar bear preservation society but has history of Arctic hunting and exploration. Fantastic display of...More

Thank SortedbyGwen
Reviewed 25 November 2017

Just a few stops ahead of Hurtigruten pier, this is one great Museum. I would recommend to become a member of Polar Bear Society.Only for 200 Kroner, you can become a member. The had stuffed Polar Bears and Walruses, mines of information about how things...More

Thank DJinay
Reviewed 14 November 2017

We got off the Nordlys and walked to the Polar Bear Society. Very interesting and informative especially about the importance of Bears in the Polar Cap. Plus they have a very nice gift shop.Lots of items to choose from to purchase and take to grandchildren....More

Thank RichHam42
Reviewed 12 November 2017 via mobile

Small, but well organised and presented museum. Sad to see the extent of previous hunting, but thankfully times have changed. Free museum, lovely but expensive (what isn’t in Norway?) gift shop. Located very close to the Hurtigruten dock.

Thank Stephen B
Reviewed 11 November 2017

We had a look in here after being dropped off from a tour in Hammerfest with Hurtigruten. Has some interesting facts and all types of stuffed animals and birds right were our boat was docked. You can join for a fee and become an honary...More

Thank FloandStan
Reviewed 8 November 2017

The Polar Bear Society is right by the Hurtigruten quay side. It has small exhibitions of arctic exploration and wildlife and a gift shop. Entrance is free and it is worth a 30 minute browse around. The gift shop has some good gift ideas but...More

Thank Clive A
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12 March 2015|
Response from Chris D | Property representative |
Dear guest. Our opening hours are: August - May: Mon-Fri: 09:00 - 16:00 Sat - Sun: 10.00-14.00 June - July: Mon - Fri: 08.00-18.00 Sat - Sun: 08.00-16.00 Please do not hesitate to contact us again in case of further... More
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