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The Polar Bear Society

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Address: Hamnegata 3, Hammerfest 9600, Norway
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+47 78 41 31 00
10:00 am - 2:00 pm
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Mon - Fri 9:00 am - 4:00 pm
Sat - Sun 10:00 am - 2:00 pm

The Polar Bear Society is located on the coastal steamer pier, together...

The Polar Bear Society is located on the coastal steamer pier, together with Hammerfest’s Tourist Information. Join the world famous and exclusive society, and receive the Polar Bear Pin as proof that you visited the World’s Northernmost Town – Hammerfest! Our museum showcases our proud traditions with fishing and hunting in arctic conditions. There is also a gift shop.

You can only become a member in the Polar Bear Society when you visit Hammerfest in person. A membership costs NOK 200,00 as a one time fee. The money supports the exhibition and pays the components of the membership: the Polar Bear pin in silver and enamel, a sticker with our logo on, a brochure with our statutes and some information, a diploma with your name on signed by the mayor of Hammerfest, a membership card with your own membership number.

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You can't go to Hammerfest and not pop in hear, take time out and have a look and read, it's free also has all the tourist tat to buy, not a large display but worth the time it... read more

Reviewed February 2, 2017
Montrose. Scotland
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Montrose. Scotland
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Reviewed February 2, 2017

You can't go to Hammerfest and not pop in hear, take time out and have a look and read, it's free also has all the tourist tat to buy, not a large display but worth the time it takes. Tourist information is in here as well.

Thank MO1426
Wateringen, The Netherlands
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Reviewed December 6, 2016 via mobile

A must for every visitor: a membership of the royal and ancient polar bear society! In January the annual meeting.

Thank FerryJansen
Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia
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Reviewed November 6, 2016

This place a must visit to see the real capture animals and there are preserved and kept here. Hug the real Polar Bear to feel the smooth fur to keep you warm. There are other animals from the northern region and awesome place to visit.

1 Thank joanadventure
Chepstow, United Kingdom
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Reviewed November 1, 2016

We were a little rushed. We were on a Hurtigruten cruise and had already self-guided a walk along the Gamleveien so only had a few minutes to spend here. The exhibits were interesting (wish we had allowed more time), the shop was charming and of course I had to join the club. There's even fast and free wi-fi

2 Thank The_Don_UK
Brisbane, Australia
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Reviewed October 30, 2016 via mobile

An excellent museum, easy to find and well laid it. It is a lovely little gem which is free (can donate or join the Polar Bear Society). Very interesting and lovely exhibits. Spend some time there!

1 Thank Michelle B
Gold Coast
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Reviewed October 9, 2016

Nice presentation of arctic and polar bear history and current status. Well worth a visit. Free entry.

2 Thank SteveNoakes
Wellington, New Zealand
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Reviewed October 9, 2016 via mobile

I had been looking forward to coming here for a long time and I definitely wasn't disappointed. The museum is very informative and I love it that you can become a member of the society. The shop has a lot of awesome souvenirs you can buy too.

1 Thank CrazyCatLady635
Southport, England, United Kingdom
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Reviewed October 4, 2016

Easy to find on the Quay, interesting exhibits, combined with the tourist information office. Become a member of this Royal and Ancient Society:)

1 Thank Ann S
Brisbane, Australia
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Reviewed September 24, 2016

Call In, Meet the helpful and well informed staff of the tourist office and look through the small museum displaying items, relics and information on the Polar Bears plight with shrinking Habitat.

Thank Peter B
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Reviewed September 16, 2016 via mobile

It was an excellent well laid out museum , we found it very good and informative. We joined and are proud to be members of The Royal and Ancient Polar Bear Society.

Thank Vintageken

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