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The Polar Museum (Polarmuseet)

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Address: Sondre Tollbugt. 11 | Postboks 900, Tromso 9259, Norway
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Great artefacts of Roald Amundsen, lovely old building!

Fantastic place to get a glimpse of how life in the Arctic used to be. Beware, there are a LOT of stuffed animals so if you're squeamish(I'm a vegan but managed to contain myself... read more

4 of 5 bubblesReviewed yesterday
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Redhill, United Kingdom
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed yesterday NEW

a pity not more items have english labels, its awkward to keep looking in the brochure which has the description of exhibits. However it is fascinating to see how people lived, worked...and died in an earlier age.

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Princetown, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed yesterday NEW via mobile

Fantastic place to get a glimpse of how life in the Arctic used to be. Beware, there are a LOT of stuffed animals so if you're squeamish(I'm a vegan but managed to contain myself lol) or easily upset by baby seals being clubbed and skinned then it's probably not the place for you. It has an unbelievable amount of artefacts... More 

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Oslo, Norway
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed yesterday NEW

It is a really interesting place showing a lot of the past experiences concerning the Norwegian visiting the the south and northern parts of the earth. The museum gives you a really interesting view of the past of these Norwegian guise who really struggles for reaching the ends of the world. This is a place you absolutely should afford some... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed yesterday NEW

We thoroughly enjoyed this exhibition, very professionally exhibits, learned a lot about Tromso . Very reasonable entrance fees and most exhibits had translations in English

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed yesterday NEW

Plenty of Arctic stories here - wildlife, early whalers and settlers, scientific data - mainly focusing on the Norwegian Arctic territory of Svalbard. There are also sections on the great Norwegian polar explorerers such as Amundsen and Nansen. Definitely worth an hour or two.

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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 days ago NEW via mobile

The place is interesting in its own ways. The history of Arctic and the role Norway played was found to be interesting. The life in arctic 100-200 years back, relationship of Wild with human is also depicted brilliantly. Could had been better if all the information is also provided in English rather than just Norwegian.

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Oslo, Norway
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

Very good way to learn more about arctic life, work, and exploration. There is a lot of information and artifacts which is presented in a professional and interesting way! Recommended!

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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 days ago NEW

Enjoyed it, but a lack of english content. Like the exploration part, not so much the hunting section.

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 days ago NEW

Very interesting museum if you enjoy maritime history. Worth a visit if in Tromso and looking to educate yourself on some local culture and history.

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 days ago NEW via mobile

Honestly, sometimes these local museums can be quite dull or lack content but the Polar Museum was neither. Cheap to enter, and tons of interesting displays and exhibits, we were in there ages and found it all fascinating. The attention to detail on the exhibits was amazing, we loved the little trappers cabin, it really felt authentic. Highly recommended.

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