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The Polar Museum (Polarmuseet)

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Address: Sondre Tollbugt. 11 | Postboks 900, Tromso 9259, Norway
Phone Number: 77 68 43 73
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An interesting museum about polar exploration and hunting and trapping. The only disappointment was that few of the captions were translated into English.

4 of 5 starsReviewed 3 days ago
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London, United Kingdom
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17 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed today NEW

A lot to read, mostly in Norwegian but a good leaflet in English is given at the reception to enjoy the museum. Object exposed range from skeletons found in Svalbard, objects used by seal/whale hunters to memorabilia from all the polar expeditions. You learn a lot

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Thompson, Canada
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25 reviews
12 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 days ago NEW via mobile

My husband and I found this museum to be quite interesting. We were not sure about what to except, but we learned so much about Arctic exploration! Most of the displays are in Norwegian, but they do offer English guides to accompany exhibits. These provide plenty of information for visitors about each display, without it being an overwhelming amount of... More 

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Hong Kong, China
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18 reviews
8 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 10 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

This museum has a collection of precious items depicting polar expeditions and seal/walrus/polar bear hunting in the past and in present time, and gives credits to trailblazers to make things possible. It also touches on trades among Norway, England, Russia etc. It has real-size props and scenes to give you ideas on life of hunter and sailor etc. However, almost... More 

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3 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

Spent around 2 hours here. Display is mostly in Norwegian but English booklet provided, also very visual display. The muesum is very dated, a lot of interesting artifacts but not likely to be very engaging for a modern child. Nansen exhibition was the best part. If you are veggie or very against seal fishing/whaling then the display on the ground... More 

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Scotland
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17 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 12 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 days ago NEW via mobile

An interesting museum about polar exploration and hunting and trapping. The only disappointment was that few of the captions were translated into English.

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Cheshire
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95 reviews
12 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 53 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 days ago NEW via mobile

Informative museum, well worth the entry fee. Definitely a good insight into life in the Arctic. Worth a visit on a cloudy day.

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Berlin, Germany
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56 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 21 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 days ago NEW via mobile

The Polarmuseum is located in a typically Norwegian house at the waterfront. The permanent exhibition concentrates on the life of trappers and explorers. I can only recommend visiting the museum to people who have a great interest in the history of seal hunting and arctic expeditions.

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Dorchester, United Kingdom
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46 reviews
15 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 23 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 5 days ago NEW

We had purchased a double ticket for this and the Tromso museum and so visited it on our last day, braving the treacherous ice to get to it. It was worth it, there were full accounts of trips of various polar explorers including Amundsen. Well laid out and a very pleasant way to spend an hour. I see that someone... More 

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Bristol
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46 reviews
8 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 22 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed 5 days ago NEW

This museum contains a lot of interesting exhibits about polar exploration, particularly about Nansen and Amundsen. However, there is also a big emphasis on the history of hunting of whales, seals etc, and for us the pictures of hunters with piles of dead polar bears were not enjoyable. I certainly wouldn't take children there - they could find it quite... More 

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552 reviews
217 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 204 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed 5 days ago NEW via mobile

So all the exhibits have Danish words to explain. Nothing in English. To compensate, they give us an English guide which is wonderful but there is one thing to read a book and there is another thing to be able to associate the pictures and artifacts with the book that one is reading. Only room10 had both English and Danish... More 

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