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“much better than it looks from the outside” 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: City walk sightseeing, Nightlife
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Holmfirth, United Kingdom
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27 reviews 27 reviews
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30 helpful votes 30 helpful votes
“much better than it looks from the outside”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 16, 2013

The museum is located on the quayside between the Hurtigruten quay and the main bridge so its an easy visit off the Hurtigruten and i would definitely recommend it. The exhibits are a bit tired but generally it is really good, inside is a bit like a tardis, The best parts are the areas that deal with Amundsen and Fridjtof who are Norway's most famous explorers - their stories are really interesting and well told. You should pick up a guide book (in various languages) as there is limited instruction across the museum in English and German. Fascinating and well worth a couple of hours.

Visited May 2013
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Bergen, Norway
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12 reviews 12 reviews
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“Nice speciality museum”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 10, 2013

The Polar Museum (Polarmuseet) is located a couple of minutes walk north of Tromsø center, in old but well maintained buildings. As the name implies it covers the activities in the arctic areas, such as expeditions, hunting etc. The exhibition is suprisingly large considering the somewhat cramped area available, is well laid out, but often only with Norwegian explanations. An English translation is presumebly available on loan, but I cannot comment on this as I haven't seen it. Anyway, English labels should be incorporated in the exhibition itself. However, the exhibition is quite interesting, and is recommended to Tromsø visitiors interested in the arctic.

Visited February 2013
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Essex, UK
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24 helpful votes 24 helpful votes
“So interesting!”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 6, 2013

If visiting Tromso, do try to visit this museum. It's full of interesting facts and history of the arctic and polar expeditions including diaries. On entering, you are provided with a booklet (which is to be returned when you leave) which translates the explanations of the various exhibits, as most are not in English. There is a small gift shop on the ground floor. My daughter and I spent a couple of hours browsing and found it fascinating.

Visited April 2013
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Stockholm, Sweden
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21 helpful votes 21 helpful votes
“Really interested, but could use a facelift”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 30, 2013

This museum is packed with really interesting information about the arctics, hunting, sealing and expeditions. It's definitely worth a visit, but could use a facelift. Presentation often feels like it's done thirty years ago. And I guess it is. (A map in the museum shows Norway and the Soviet Union. That's a few years ago ...)

Visited April 2013
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Nottingham, United Kingdom
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“Well worth a visit”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 27, 2013

Very interesting museum covering all things polar (e.g. exploration, hunting, wildlife). The information on each exhibit is in English as well as Norwegian which helps you make the most of the visit. The exhibits are well laid out and well organised.

Visited March 2013
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