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The Polar Museum (Polarmuseet)

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Address: Sondre Tollbugt. 11 | Postboks 900, Tromso 9259, Norway
Phone Number: 77 68 43 73
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Polar Museum

Unless you understand Norwegian diffucult to get the content. There is a guide in english but exibithion signs in Norwegian. If you do - very interesting.

4 of 5 starsReviewed yesterday
Gothenburg, Sweden
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Västervik, Sweden
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2 of 5 stars Reviewed yesterday NEW via mobile

Rude receptionist. Little information in English apart from a booklet you can borrow. Not sure about other languages. Lots of stuffed animals and artifacts used for hunting. We thought this museum would not glorify the hunters and that instead would give an insight on conservation. Unfortunately we do not consider it educational as it is stuck in the past. A... More 

Thank Viviana G
Gothenburg, Sweden
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed yesterday NEW via mobile

Unless you understand Norwegian diffucult to get the content. There is a guide in english but exibithion signs in Norwegian. If you do - very interesting.

Thank larssq
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed yesterday NEW

Really worthwhile a visit if you have a few hours to spare. Nice displays and beautiful presentations about the Arctic and the Northern Lights (Slides/Film with music)

Thank Chris P
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 19 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 5 days ago NEW

This was a really interesting place to visit and was tailored for both kids and adults as a learning opportunity. There's an english or german guide (written) provided at the front desk that you can borrow, and it will have a lot of interesting back-stories about many of the displays. You'll see a lot of the arctic, kids have little... More 

Thank DawnH000
Prague, Czech Republic
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
1 of 5 stars Reviewed 5 days ago NEW

For a Norwegian, I think this museum would deserve four to five stars, however, I am a foreigner. As was stated in multiple other reviews, the exhibition significantly lacks English. You do get a brochure at the beginning but it does not cover everything so you're left wondering around the museum, guessing what the things displayed might be. I do... More 

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Strangnas, Sweden
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

We spent an interesting hour looking at the exhibitions about arctic exploration in the past and how hunting seals are and were done. We had to joke about all the stuffed seals and seal-skins in the end: they were everywhere non-regarding the theme of the actual exhibition!

Thank HannaBragberg
Milton Keynes, United Kingdom
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

Interesting visit but very small and cramped and a lack of English translation on many exhibits. Steep steps so not for the mobility challenged. Avoid visiting when cruise ships are in!

Thank Elspeth W
Dordrecht, The Netherlands
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

This is a very interesting museum about the relationship of Norwegians with the Arctic (and Antarctic) polar areas. Exhibition of the humans explored the nordic areas over the centuries including artifacts from old settlements in Spitsbergen, Nova Zembla, etc. There is also a lot of information on the hunt on seals and polar bears including very beautiful mounted examples of... More 

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Romford, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

This small museum is packed with information about the role Tromso has taken in the exploration and exploitation of the Arctic Seas. Its section on Amundsen was extremely interesting.

Thank jane_9758
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

The museum is located right in the harbour in Trömsö. It displays pictures and artefacts from expeditions to the arctic, as well as animal life and people's hunting/killing of these animals. The mandatory souvenier shop is also there. Focus on norwegian explorers.

Thank Reijo B

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