We noticed that you're using an unsupported browser. The TripAdvisor website may not display properly.
We support the following browsers:
Windows: Internet Explorer, Mozilla Firefox, Google Chrome. Mac: Safari.

The Polar Museum (Polarmuseet)

Certificate of Excellence
Improve this listing
Map
Satellite
Map updates are paused. Zoom in to see updated info.
Reset zoom
Updating Map...
Your filters are still active.
There are no pins in your viewport. Try moving the map or changing your filters.
Sponsored by:
Get directions
Address: Sondre Tollbugt. 11 | Postboks 900, Tromso 9259, Norway
Phone Number: 77 68 43 73
Website
Improve this listing
Activities: Nightlife, City walk sightseeing

TripAdvisor Reviewer Highlights

Read all 750 reviews
Visitor rating
  • 265
    Excellent
  • 358
    Very good
  • 105
    Average
  • 17
    Poor
  • 5
    Terrible
Interesting Museum on Polar Exploration!

Really interesting museum! There's a lot of information here, so give yourself enough time to really see it all. Maybe 2 hours (?). We got there one hour before closing and they... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed August 19, 2015
suzipatricia12
,
San Francisco
Add Photo Write a Review

750 Reviews from our TripAdvisor Community

Rate and write a review
Roll over, then click to rate
  Click to rate
Date | Rating
  • Danish first
  • Dutch first
  • English first
  • Finnish first
  • French first
  • German first
  • Italian first
  • Japanese first
  • Norwegian first
  • Polish first
  • Portuguese first
  • Russian first
  • Spanish first
  • Swedish first
  • Turkish first
  • Any
English first
Lisbon, Portugal
Level Contributor
6 reviews
5 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 23, 2015

This museum is full of charm, old fashion but place to see if you are interested in polar expeditions.

Was this review helpful? Yes
Sydney, Australia
Level Contributor
51 reviews
20 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 53 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 21, 2015

This place has a very comprehensive display of Norway's involvement in Artic and Antartic exploration as well as whaling and sealing. It is well worth a visit and you can easily spend a couple of hours here. It is right in the city centre on the waterfront.

Was this review helpful? Yes
San Francisco
Level Contributor
24 reviews
12 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 19, 2015

Really interesting museum! There's a lot of information here, so give yourself enough time to really see it all. Maybe 2 hours (?). We got there one hour before closing and they were kicking us out before we were done.

Was this review helpful? Yes
Oslo, Norway
Level Contributor
43 reviews
19 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 19, 2015

This museum was a bit miss for my interest and I'm sure the guided tour would make it much better. It is bigger then you first may think. Interesting part of the exhibition where you had to use flashlight.

Was this review helpful? Yes
Moraga, California
Level Contributor
20 reviews
11 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 13, 2015

This museum is in the place where polar explorations started out. It has a lot of good information about a number of explorers, and what happened to them - not all of which was good. We really enjoyed our visit.

Was this review helpful? Yes
Roanoke VA
Level Contributor
88 reviews
50 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 37 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 8, 2015

If you want to learn more about northern Norway history, especially as it applies to polar exploration, this is the place to go. In fact, it is probably the only place to go where you can learn this much. My only complaint - and it is a relatively minor one - is that the English pamphlets do not always match... More 

Was this review helpful? Yes
Level Contributor
44 reviews
13 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 19 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 7, 2015

This was an interesting look into an area of history I didn't know much about. It explains the history of arctic exploration and of the hunters who lived out there. It was reasonably inexpensive for tromso. The exhibitions are well placed and they gave us a guide in English so that we could understand more about the exhibits. It was... More 

Was this review helpful? Yes
Glasgow, United Kingdom
Level Contributor
685 reviews
164 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 369 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 6, 2015

It was a good and interesting visit but a new building with more space would be better. Several stuffed seals and cabin recreations. small shop.

Was this review helpful? Yes
North Lanarkshire, United Kingdom
Level Contributor
644 reviews
255 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 367 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 6, 2015

I learnt a lot from this visit. The museum is set in a charming wooden building on the docks and presents Norway's polar exploration history alongside the history of the commercialisation of the polar areas. Thus whaling and sealing is described in detail and well but there is also concentration on Amundsen and the other North and South Pole explorers.... More 

Was this review helpful? Yes
Edinburgh, United Kingdom
Level Contributor
24 reviews
6 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 13 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 5, 2015

Given the subject matter, the museum was slightly disappointing - it could be a lot better if some more thought was given to the material they have, as it feels a little bit chaotic at the moment, with exhibits fairly randomly laid out and no clear overarching topics. The highlight was the section covering the arctic expedition in the "Fram"... More 

Was this review helpful? Yes

Travelers who viewed The Polar Museum (Polarmuseet) also viewed

 

Been to The Polar Museum (Polarmuseet)? Share your experiences!

Write a Review Add Photos & Videos

Is This Your TripAdvisor Listing?

Own or manage this property? Claim your listing for free to respond to reviews, update your profile and much more.

Claim Your Listing

Questions & Answers

Questions? Get answers from The Polar Museum (Polarmuseet) staff and past visitors.
Posting guidelines
Typical questions asked:
  • Do I have to buy a ticket for my infant?
  • How do I get there using public transportation?
  • Is there a restaurant or café onsite?