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The Polar Museum (Polarmuseet)

Sondre Tollbugt. 11 | Postboks 900, Tromso 9259, Norway
77 68 43 73
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Ranked #4 of 28 Attractions in Tromso
Type: Museums, History Museums
Activities: Nightlife, City walk sightseeing
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Warragul, Australia
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9 reviews 9 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 16, 2014 NEW

Enjoyed visiting the museum. Excellent layout and the information provided showed us how tough the original explorers must have found this area.

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England
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 11, 2014 NEW

Nice attraction in Tromso, family friendly. Takes around 1-2 hours of your time. Learn about climate change and how it affects the area and the history of polar bears. Watch an arctic seal show where they do tricks and are fed. Nice detailed information on the Northern Lights too, with videos.

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Kalamazoo, Michigan
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36 attraction reviews
16 helpful votes 16 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 8, 2014

I really enjoyed seeing this museum as I love polar bears. I learned a lot about the history of Norway and its trading business. Saw stuffed seals and polar bears - amazing experience.

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Market Drayton, United Kingdom
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3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 3, 2014

If you ever wondered what it was like to be a polar explorer before the invention of electronic navigation aids and modern methods of transport at sea and across the frozen wastes of the polar region, this is the museum for you. Its many exhibits cover life in the polar regions - hunting, fishing etc - and, of particular interest,... More

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Auckland
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 1, 2014

Great variety of infirmation about many aspects of polar life and exploration. As a non-Nordic person I did not know so much about Amundsen before.

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London, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 27, 2014

This museum is very deceptive from the outside. It's a bit like the Dr Who tardis - once you walk in there's a wealth of exhibits charting the history of the area - the (seal, walrus, etc) industries and the famous explorers - Amundsen et al. Fantastic place - we spent hours in there and totally got lost. You can... More

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Madrid
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77 helpful votes 77 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 26, 2014

First, a tip: there is a guided tour, in English, at 1500 each afternoon. It is a great introduction to the museum. The guide shows you some of the most important exhibits and then invites you to continue the visit on your own, if you wish. This museum is dedicated to Arctic life and to the local tradition of polar... More

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Lakeland, Florida
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47 helpful votes 47 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 23, 2014

This is a small, but incredibly detailed museum. It is centered on two things: polar survival (animals, weather, explorations) and an incredible collection of everything related to Roald Amundsen, the polar explorer. I could have spent even more hours in this place. Fascinating, detailed, exciting, and an easy walk from the docking of the ships. There are other things to... More

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sheffield
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 19, 2014

My wife and I were on a cruise up to Spitzbergen and Tromso was our second port of call. We got on our tour coach and headed for the cable car over the bridge to the other side of Tromso. We ascended to the top and when we got our the views were outstanding. Normally, temperatures at this time of... More

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Scot in London
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 5, 2014

Very interesting small exhibition about the Arctic and the effect of the modern world upon the environment, with nice litte shop.

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