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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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136 reviews 136 reviews
84 attraction reviews
70 helpful votes 70 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 26, 2014 NEW

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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38 reviews 38 reviews
19 attraction reviews
41 helpful votes 41 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 23, 2014 NEW

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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31 attraction reviews
60 helpful votes 60 helpful votes
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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14 attraction reviews
18 helpful votes 18 helpful votes
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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Nottingham, United Kingdom
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55 attraction reviews
72 helpful votes 72 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 5, 2014

Loved it ! Stuffed full of artifacts, lots of information, lots of history about arctic life, exploration etc. My favourite part was about the explorer and humanitarian, Fridtjof Nansen, about whom we should know more.

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Epping, United Kingdom
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39 attraction reviews
36 helpful votes 36 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 31, 2014

wooden sheds on waterfront. Crowded. Full of Amundsen, Nansen polar bears. Mercifully low on whaling. See the first South Pole photos - how easy it had been for them, all smiles, walk in the park (Scott gets one line). Not all labels in English

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London, United Kingdom
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18 attraction reviews
11 helpful votes 11 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 31, 2014

The museum covers arctic exploration and hunting expeditions predominantly. They have lots of exhibits to see, don't miss the one on Tromso first female taxi driver which is surprisingly interesting. It was a good way to pass the time. The entry fee was expensive for what it was by UK prices, but by Tromso prices was quite reasonable.

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Bergen, Norway
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7 attraction reviews
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 29, 2014

To me it was not worth my time, but others might disagree. There was nothing much to see, nothing much to do and all of it is far better elsewhere.

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 28, 2014

Very interesting museum. Worth a visit as it doesn't cost a lot to get in. Lots of information to take in so make sure you have plenty of time to explore inside.

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Tacoma, Washington
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4 attraction reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 27, 2014

Hidden away in a corner on the harbor edge, the Polar Museum was a great history lesson on the fishing, hunting and struggles of the early settlers as they tried to exist in this far North land. Great stories, great photos, great artifacts, great staging. There also was a special exhibit on birds that was excellent. I vote GO THERE!

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