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“A great little museum” 5 of 5 stars
Review of The Polar Museum (Polarmuseet)

The Polar Museum (Polarmuseet)
Sondre Tollbugt. 11 | Postboks 900, Tromso 9259, Norway
77 68 43 73
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Ranked #4 of 56 things to do in Tromso
Activities: Nightlife, City walk sightseeing
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“A great little museum”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 29, 2012

I liked this museum. It's small but yet you can spend a while in there. Was given a sheet in English as we toured around, well worth a visit to see the harsh conditions lived in many moons ago.

Visited October 2012
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“Gives new meaning to the phrase "Clubbing"”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 27, 2012

I just happened to stumble upon the Polar museum by complete accident, just like that bloody knife which is why fingerprints were all over it, I swear.

The museum contains a fairly vast collection of arctic paraphernalia, ranging from whale harpoon guns and seal skins to materials carried by the legendary explorers, including the famous Roald Amundsen. The displays follow a focusing theme, beginning with general life in the arctic narrowing to individual stories. As I've done some work in the arctic myself, I can really appreciate how far we've come with surviving in the frozen north.

Final thought: If you need something to make you appreciate why you're spending $200 a night on that fancy hotel room, look no further.

Visited July 2012
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“Best attraction in Tromso”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 26, 2012

I thoroughly enjoyed this small museum. Most of the information on the exhibits is in Norwegian, but they lend you a brochure in English, or you can download the same as a pdf onto your phone or iPad.

There was plenty of info on Amundsen as expected, but also a lot about other explorers, life in the Arctic, and those who chose to make their lives as hunters (including the first famous female hunter).

Definitely worth a couple of hours of your time, and the little gift shop at the end had some decent souvenirs.

Visited November 2012
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“A must see in Tromso”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 8, 2012

Don't miss it. Excellent displays and a lot to see. Don't let the small size fool you. Fair entry fee too.

Visited October 2012
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“Pricey”
2 of 5 stars Reviewed November 3, 2012

Pricey and lacked more recent history about how Tromso evolved. Was expecting more. Tourist shop was interesting and location is good.

Visited November 2012
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