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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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Well worth a couple of hours

Loads to see here if you take the time to look ate the small stuff. A lot of the descriptors are only in Norwegian which makes it a little difficult but you can get a feel for... read more

4 of 5 bubblesReviewed 3 days ago
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London, United Kingdom
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 93 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed yesterday NEW

I took shelter from a blizzard in this charming if rather old-fashioned Polar themed museum overlooking Tromso's harbour. Some of the displays look as though they have seen better days but nevertheless still told an interesting story about Arctic expeditions and life and work in Polar environments. Most of the written material was in Norwegian but with smaller accounts in... More 

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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

This is a well presented museum with lots of exihbits of life in Norway and the expeditions to the North Pole etc There is also a guided tour availalb e if you go at the right time and the guide on the day we went was very good and added a lot to the experience.

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New York City, New York
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 days ago NEW via mobile

A unique small museum in Tromsø that shows some of the history of arctic exploration in the area. Worth a visit if you have extra time. But it's a little odd. Way too many recreated models of unusual ways to kill animals (who doesn't want to see how to kill baby seals with a club?). Definitely could use a few... More 

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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 79 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

Loads to see here if you take the time to look ate the small stuff. A lot of the descriptors are only in Norwegian which makes it a little difficult but you can get a feel for what Polar explanation and work was really like in days gone by. Upstairs there was a lot more dual language descriptors which was... More 

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Worthing, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

History of polar expeditions, polar life and exploration. Good place to warm up after a walk round with a good little shop

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 days ago NEW via mobile

This is a museum projecting history of Norwegian explorers and polar life, well displayed with booklet to explain exhibits in English or other many languages, good insight for children to learn on polar life forms and Norwegian hunters and explorers past and equipment

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Edinburgh, United Kingdom
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 days ago NEW via mobile

Wasn't sure what to expect so wasn't disappointed. Informative with lots of history and black n white original photographs telling the tale. Set in wooden building so fitting for the story the museum was telling. Interesting - I'd suggest going when you've got an hour to spend there.

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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 36 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 days ago NEW via mobile

Some excellent displays but (not wishing to sound too parochial) hardly any explanations not in Norwegian. The guide book was of limited use apart from very end with extended explanation of Arctic exploration.

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Basingstoke, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 days ago NEW via mobile

If you are just having a morning off from active stuff, or spending a day looking around I'd say this is a perfect thing to check out. Looks at history, fishing, expeditions etc. It's small, maybe about 30-45 mins overall, but well worth a visit.

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 days ago NEW

We visited this museum during our stay in Tromso earlier this month. It provided a fascinating insight into the history of the city and the wider region - especially with respect to local people's livelihoods and the early Arctic explorers. It's a traditional museum, with many original artefacts and model diaramas. There's plenty of supporting information too, though the text... More 

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