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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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Activities: Nightlife, City walk sightseeing

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Save the arctic!

I'm not a big fan of museums, but this one I really liked. If you are interested in nature and the arctic, this museum is definitely worth a visit.

4 of 5 starsReviewed April 29, 2015
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Kuurne, Belgium
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Northampton, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 20, 2015

A superb little museum with captions in English. It covers Norway's contribution to polar exploration around both poles through Nansen, Amundsen and others. There is also much information about surviving in the polar regions through hunting. This is perhaps not to the liking of some from cosy Britain but it shows the reality of survival in a harsh climate.

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Melbourne, Australia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 12, 2015

This museum, which is easy walking distance from the centre of town provides an eye opening experience of the hardship and rigours of Arctic life in years past. It was easy to get totally absorbed in the magnificent exhibits. It really bought the history and culture of the Arctic alive. A must visit museum!

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Kuurne, Belgium
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 29, 2015

I'm not a big fan of museums, but this one I really liked. If you are interested in nature and the arctic, this museum is definitely worth a visit.

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Austin, Texas
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 20, 2015

This museum is housed in a modest-looking frame building near the harbor. As we were on foot it was not difficult to get there, but there is a lot of construction nearby which might make driving and parking difficult. The museum itself is quite comprehensive in its exhibits and information about polar exploration, focusing primarily on the Arctic. We obtained... More 

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Oslo, Norway
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed April 17, 2015

There are lots of stuffed animals in here! And lots of information on seal and bear hunting, famous hunters and the hard life they had out on Svalbard. Most of that, on the lower floor, is in Norwegian. Upstairs is about the polar explorers, very interesting and much more information in English.

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 15, 2015

Good for kids to have a deep historical view of the other land which they have not seen specially if you are heading from Asia or other European regions. The Museum is close to the wharf and is quite well managed. Finding out was slightly difficult as when we were there construction material blocked the street view

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Singapore, Singapore
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 14, 2015

It's a nice museum to walk around. Not that crowded and it's quite accessible. However I wish that there were more information given in english. Or u can just request for an english pamphlet from the counter.

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 7, 2015 via mobile

An interesting and well set up look at the epic arctic exploration journeys of the past. It worked very well as a nice break from the cold weather outside, too.

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Brussels, Belgium
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 7, 2015

Just loved this museum. Beautifully and imaginatively put together. Fabulous and fascinating expedition memorabilia. A must see when in Tromso.

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United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 6, 2015

A truly interesting museum. The fascinating tale of 2 men who survived extreme conditions in the arctic with virtually no equipment was definitely the highlight, but there are also artefacts to see with information about fishing, seal hunting and life in the arctic circle. This was less interesting but helped to create a picture of what life would have been... More 

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