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The Polar Museum (Polarmuseet)

Sondre Tollbugt. 11 | Postboks 900, Tromso 9259, Norway
+47 77 68 43 73
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Sondre Tollbugt. 11 | Postboks 900, Tromso 9259, Norway
+47 77 68 43 73
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Reviewed 1 week ago

I really enjoyed visiting this museum. Fascinating displays about Norwegian Polar explorers and hunting. They gave us an English packet when we walked in that had a little material for each room we visited. I was pretty obvious, however, that there was way more explanation...More

Thank Chip1701
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Raining and an impromptu pop in to the museum , located about 300 metres from the warf. . This is a small but very interesting museum with lots of info on climate change , sea ice formation , history on the discovery of the north...More

Thank Carlo R
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

The museum was very interesting and gave you a good insight into early life in the region. Many of the signs not in English and our visit enhanced by all the stories by a local guide.

Thank catherine h
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

We were fortunate to have a local guide for some of the exhibits. Amazing amount of history and information in a small place. This was all in a rustic two-story structure with rooms at many different levels. The Norwegians have a long history of exploration,...More

Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Great location and nice building, with a wooden je-ne-sais-quoi who takes you right into an exploration atmosphere. A lot of information and many objects are in display. 2 hours if you wanted to read everything. Nevertheless, it might be time for a make over. Audioguides,...More

Thank Seb T
Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

You can learn about the early (hard) living in the Arctic. Hunting, survival and explorations. Also there was at the time a very interesting exhibition about the importance of the northern icecap.

Thank Anna M
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Tromso was the starting point for many Arctic Expeditions. This museum highlights late 19th and early 20th century exploration of Arctic regions. The third floor is devoted to the Fridtjof Nansen expedition and his ship the Fram. Second floor is for Amundsen and aerial exploration...More

Thank Barheat
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

This was a fascinating visit; there is very little information in English but we had a wonderful guide called Morganne and I should like to recommend her if you are on a trip where you need to ask for a guide. We were on a...More

Thank Gilly S
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

An interesting museum which would have more to offer foreign visitors if information was provided in English as well as Norwegian. You are given a sheet in English but it covers only a fraction of what there is to see.

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Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

Small museum but packed with history of exploring the polar regions. Pretty interesting. One drawback is space. If there are more than one large group in the place it gets very difficult to navigate your way through the exhibits. You can explore in an hour...More

Thank almasst
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Response from strick52 | Reviewed this property |
We went with our one year old. She wasn't interested in much, but it's a casual place and no one minded her crawling around a bit. Older children would likely be interested in the stuffed animals and model boats.
9 May 2016|
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Response from CarolWestSussex | Reviewed this property |
The website indicates that the museum will be open between 9.00 and 18.00 and the walk from the ferry terminal is short, about 15 minutes. Enjoy!
9 May 2016|
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Response from bellad0nna99 | Reviewed this property |
We visited the museum in November on a Sunday. If it was open then I am sure ut will be open in summer. Its an easy walk