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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: City walk sightseeing, Nightlife

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Polar Exploration in a Nutshell

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... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed April 20, 2015
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Austin, Texas
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Austin, Texas
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37 reviews 37 reviews
11 attraction reviews
10 helpful votes 10 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 20, 2015 NEW

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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6 reviews 6 reviews
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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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Oman
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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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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 5, 2015

Very informative and well put together museum. Right on the Harbour front and just outside the Town Centre

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Avellaneda, Cordoba, Argentina
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed April 5, 2015

The cultural whale catching, fishing and expiditions displayed here was really nothing for me, and not worth the money. These guys have student discount though.

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london
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 4, 2015

Both me and my five year old son enjoyed this small museum. He was fascinated by all the stuffed arctic animals and stories around them. Great little gift shop where things were cheaper than polaria's gift shop. Well worth a visit.

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