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Fram Polar Ship Museum
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Ranked #3 of 387 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.
Edinburgh, United Kingdom
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“Interactive and insightful”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed May 26, 2013

While from the point of entry you are inunadated with information and display boards, really you just want to bypass it all and hop onboard the Fram and take a look around! A facinating insight into an exciting age of polar exploration. Shame though it's not a bit cheaper! And here's a tip - at the close by Viking Ships museum we didn't actually pay for entry; you can just go in the entrance and get a good view of the best-preserved ship on display for free. :)

Visited May 2013
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“Great risplay of an amazing early expedition ship!”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed May 20, 2013

Very informative, video's and descriptions. You can get around the entire ship inside and out. Excellent collection of significant items.

Visited May 2013
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed May 17, 2013

After reading books about Nansen's Arctic and Shackelton's Antarctic expeditions this was a must see for us. It was amazing what these explorers endured. We spent almost three hours looking at all of the artifacts as well as walking through the Fram itself.

Visited May 2013
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Perth, Australia
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“very interesting”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed May 17, 2013

visited this museum because it was free with our Oslo card. Very glad we did, it was a very interesting story of the polar ship Flam and the first to the South Pole. Spent about 45 minutes there but would have liked to have stayed longer.

Visited May 2013
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“Great museum with FRAM polar ship and history”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed May 15, 2013

Very well explained history of the polar ship Fram. You can also admire the ship and visit it. Take enough time to visit. An easy way to get there is the boat that leaves in front of the city hall or bus 30.

Visited May 2013
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