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Review of Fram Polar Ship Museum

Fram Polar Ship Museum
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$78.18*
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Oslo Combo Tour: Grand City Tour and Oslo Fjord Cruise
Ranked #3 of 388 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.
Munich, Germany
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“Good for experience !!”
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed April 1, 2013 via mobile

Nicely maintained ship and the accessibility in its various section is wonderful. Feels like to be in the running ship. Short movie on aurora lights is good. However, simulation was not upto the mark as per expectation but overall good experience :-)

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“Epic tale of the Arctic/antarctic explorers.”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed April 1, 2013

You really get a sense of how life was during the arctic trips.
Amundsen, Scott, Nansen and all the others.
Most of the exhibition is the big arctic ship "Fram" that you can board, and walk around in the cabins.
A must for families with kids.

But keep the small kids out of the arctic simulator!! The will get scared.

Visited March 2013
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Texas, United States
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“Unexpected Delight”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed March 30, 2013

Honestly we had no idea what this museum was but decided to go in anyway and I am so glad we did. This polar ship is amazing but even better is that you get to actually get on it and walk through it. Most museums are all look but don't touch and although there are areas you cannot touch, we found ourselves learning all sorts of interesting facts about polar exploration and life on a ship. My daughter is a medical student and was fascinated by the medical instruments they used on the ship and had laid out for view. While traveling we rarely go to museums but the ones in Oslo were wonderful. We took the bus to the Vikingship Museum, then walked (or you can take the bus) to the Fram and Kon-Tiki museums and then took the ferry back, if the weather is nice this is the perfect day.

Visited June 2012
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Rego Park, New York
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“an explorer/historians wet dream.”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed March 29, 2013

I went here only because I bought an Oslo pass and was trying to go to as many museums I could and I was pleasantly surprised and fell in love almost immediately. There was so much information with a walk-through time line for three floors surrounding the actual ship inside the building. There were a lot of artifacts from the expedition as well. They even had a documentary that was going on the bottom floor and a demonstration video of how they packed the items in preparation.

You also get to go through the ship, pretty thorough as well, and it really allows you to put in perspective the space they shared for such long periods of time on their expedition. The only thing I didn't get to do was a walk through exhibit that was out-of-order. It was a walk through through a chilled room and was suppose to be scary but also make you think you're going through the south pole expedition. It was broken when I was there and kinda bummed. =T

There wasn't a lot in the gift shop. There were books, some shirts (which i thought there was only one good design), stuff seals for the kids, but i don't know if feel like there could be something more.

Anyways, It takes about 1-3 hours depending how much you want to spend reading all the facts.
If you're a lover of history and exploration then you'll love this museum.

Visited August 2012
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“Fascinating and awe inspiring”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed March 26, 2013

Make sure you leave enough time to enjoy this museum. I did not and I regretted it. In addition to the exhibits, you can explore the ship herself and learn so much about the exploration of the Poles. All in the days before Gortex! Although the museum is a little outside Oslo it is just a short bus ride, and everyone speaks English so it is not hard to get there. I bought a day pass for the busses from a 7/11 shop and also visited the Maritime museum and the Viking ship museum - it is a pretty corner of Oslo. But this museum, unexpectedly, was by far the best. There is quite a lot of writing, but the original photographs and other things relieve the reading! there is a good shop with a wide selection of Polar reading in English and Norwegian.

Visited March 2013
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