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Fram Polar Ship Museum
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Ranked #10 of 404 things to do in Oslo
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Recommended length of visit: 1-2 hours
Owner description: The Fram Museum is located at Bygdøy, a short distance from the centre of Oslo and is easily reached by bus or, in the summer season, by ferry from the City Hall quayside. Our closest neighbours are the Kon-Tiki Museum and the Norwegian Maritime Museum. The Viking Ship Museum and the Norwegian Folk Museum are within 15 minutes walk. The Bygdøy peninsula is therefore popularly known as the museum peninsula. Bygdøy is one of Oslo´s main places to go. The area itself is an attraction with, among other things, its rich hiking and recreational areas and the opportunities it provides for swimming in the sea. It is also home to His Majesty the King´s summer residence, Kongsgarden. The main exhibition in the Fram building has explanatory texts in ten languages and describes the three great Fram expeditions. You can enjoy a northern lights show every 20 minutes from the main deck of the Fram. In the activity centre behind the ship you can test your strength and accuracy. In June 2013 we inaugurated our new Gjøa building, which is connected to the Fram with an underground tunnel. The centerpiece here is Gjøa, the first ship to navigate the whole of the Northwest Passage. There are brand new historical exhibitions on the expeditions of Gjøa and Maud, of the airplanes N24 and N25 as well as of the airship Norge, John Franklin's legendary expedition and those of Henry Larsen and Eivind Astrup. We also present current issues facing the High North such as polar bears, ice melting, gas and oil etc. There is a 116 seats cinema showing a polar introduction movie every fifteen minutes. Temporary exhibitions are made continually on different polar issues. In both buildings as well as in the tunnel, you will find objects from the different expeditions. We have exclusive polar souvenirs in our shop and probably the world’s biggest polar book store with 220 different titles.
Reviewed October 18, 2012

In general there are two ways to get to this museum. Either the hop on hop off bus or (what I recommend) you take the ferry. This will bring you from the city center in about 10 minutes over and give you a nice sightseeing.

Similar to the viking ship museum the house is built around the Fram, the norwegian polar expedition ship. Both the house and the ship are surprisingly small, but do not be deceived, you can easily spend 2-3 hours inside.

There is a lot of information and a lot of artefacts on display but for me the most interesting part still is the ship itself. Imagine being on this little boat for months and enduring the arctic climate and the arctic sea.

I think this is one thing you can get hardly anywhere else, a (even if feeble) glimpse into the kind of men who made those exploration and an idea how to measure their achievments.

A lot to learn and to get humbled.

1  Thank Florian254
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Reviewed October 10, 2012

The concept behind the design of this ship was inspirational and the expeditions from it gave new insights to the polar region in the north.
You can step aboard and see what life was like for the crew.No "Hands Off" notices.

Thank Keith75
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Reviewed October 9, 2012

One of the greatest museums that i`ve ever seen! The stories about the Polar explorers are amazing. You can feel all the dificulties that those men lived to conquer the Poles. The Fram Ship is very well conserved too, and you can enter in it!

Thank AndreFlores
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Reviewed October 8, 2012

The museum is built around the "Fram", a huge boat that was used for polar exploration. The perimeter of the building contains several levels that cover the race for the poles in detail, including artifacts and photos from the various expeditions.

Thank amanofkent
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Reviewed October 7, 2012

I could have spent hours and hours in this huge shed which houses this most famous of ships. The information is extremely well laid out, including lots of wonderful detail that really brings alive the history of the ship, its inhabitants as well as the other explorers on other expeditions.

Thank Mike594
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