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“An amazing museum!”

Fram Polar Ship Museum
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Ranked #3 of 402 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 November 17, 2013

Having always been interested (excessively) in polar exploration, I knew I had to visit Fram when in Oslo. Very easy to get to on the 30 bus from Oslo Sentralstasjon all the way to Bygdøynes.

From entering the building it's obvious that this is an exhibition finished to an exceptionally high standard. Dedicated primarily to the Fram and the Gjoa, with sensible timelines of Northwestern Passage Exploration, the races to the North and South Poles respectively and appropriate emphasis on the characters involved. The Norwegians are suitably proud of Amundsen, so he has a position of some prominence in the museum, but perhaps Robert Peary is a little hard done by here.

The movie is visually beautiful and a must-see, with the information in same paraphrased from the outside displays (where it's expanded upon). The interactive components all deliver well, except perhaps for the Polar Experience (which is basically a brief jaunt through a large freezer strewn with scary dolls). Exploring the ship was brilliant and there are some games also for younger visitors.

Norway has taken pride in its heritage of pioneering polar exploration and the result is the most interesting and impressive museum I've visited.

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Reviewed November 14, 2013

You actually get to go on the vessel and walk around. everything is explained in a few different languages. do not miss the film. You have to take a boat out to the museums and it only takes about 15-20 minutes but there are several museums on the island. You can catch the boat behind the city hall. make it an all day trip to see all the museums. it is well owrth it.

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Reviewed November 13, 2013

Very well presented exhibition, not just concentrating on Norwegian exploits but included other famous explorers. Two preserved ships and informative film. Don't bother with combined ticket with Maritime exhibition.

Thank Mike H
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Reviewed November 13, 2013

We expected to spend at most an hour at the Fram Museum and three hours later we emerged discussing how interesting it had been and how well set up the exhibits were. If you have any interest in polar exploration, we highly recommend the Fram.

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Reviewed November 11, 2013 via mobile

Nice explaination, different languages, nice view from outside on Oslo, 15min by walking from Viking museum, entrance 80. Dont forget to go and watch the video concerning Goa (not clearly indicated). When you arrive on your left downstairs... up to go to the other building. The boat is on your right and the video room on the left (dont forget to use the headphones).

Thank Vaniouschka
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