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“Bigger than I thought”

Fram Polar Ship Museum
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Ranked #7 of 340 things to do in Oslo
Certificate of Excellence
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Recommended length of visit: 1-2 hours
Owner description: From 8 May a number of new attractions were available for the visitors at the Fram Museum, the highlight being the continuous 270 degrees surround film shown from the deck of Fram. 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. We focus on polar history, our centrepiece beeing FRAM, the strongest wooden polar ship ever, dating from 1893. 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 main exhibition in the Fram building has explanatory texts in ten languages and describes the three great Fram expeditions. We have exclusive polar souvenirs in our shop and probably the world’s biggest polar book store with 220 different titles.
Reviewed July 23, 2013

The ship is in excellent state and everything is very well preserved. Very interesting and easy to read massive information on the wall surrounding the ship if one has the time. The only setback in my view is the heavy odor of presumably ship painting and related chemicals. The ventilation could be better. Overall enjoyable experience though.

Thank Eggert E
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Reviewed July 20, 2013

A very well put-together museum. First of all, the centerpiece is the entire restored ship in the building, which is pretty impressive. You can wander throughout almost the entire ship and see all the living quarters, engine room, etc. Secondly, there is a ton of information about the ship and the history of its voyages, with lots of media (original video, reconstructed videos, artifacts, photos, etc). The information is presented in multiple languages, including English. There is also scientific information, and a small play area with mildly amusing activities.

All too often, these historical museums have either too little information, dry information, or no information at all. This museum was laid out with a lot of foresight, with so much information that you could spend a whole day wandering around reading about things -- or just look at things quickly and be awed by the feat these people accomplished and the ship sitting in the middle of the building.

Also, nice ferry ride over to the museum.

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Reviewed July 19, 2013

An insight into the history of polar expeditions by Skandinavian explorers over a century ago. Very informative and entertaining for children

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Reviewed July 17, 2013

The attractions offer a very detailed over view of both explorations, including detailed pictures, stories and historical items to enjoy.

Whilst there, it also puts you in the right spot to visit the Kon-Tiki museum as well.

Like most things in Norway, the prices "seem" a touch high but thats just the way things are in that country.

Thank Matt T
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Reviewed July 17, 2013

I mean, thats the first reaction when you walk into the museeum. Its really worth to go there. It's an amazing experiece to walk onto and to see everything by yourself, The ship itself is great, you can actually see and feel the history around you

Thank Paulina M
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