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“Impressive ship and exhibition” 5 of 5 bubbles
Review of Fram Polar Ship Museum

Fram Polar Ship Museum
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Oslo Combo Tour: Grand City Tour and Oslo Fjord Cruise
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.
Woking, England, United Kingdom
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“Impressive ship and exhibition”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed January 27, 2014

Having heard about Fram as a youngster enthralled by tales of adventure, visiting was essential! The free boat over to Bygdoy was the most enjoyable way to get across the Oslofjord, and added to the spirit of adventure. Seeing the equipment the men had to survive with really added to how impressive a feat the explorers achieved! Free with the Oslopass.

Visited December 2013
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“Inspiring Polar Exploration”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed January 25, 2014

This is a very good place to visit although the museum's title doesn't full cover what is on display. The centre piece is the ship Fram and this dominates the building but as you start to look at the exhibits around the outside of the ship and and ascend the various floors, you soon realise that you are being given a detailed story of what early polar exploration was like. Particularly effective and somewhat poient was the wall containing the timeline of the race to the south pole between Admunson and Scott, especially as one expedition ended in triumph and the other did not.

And then there is the Fram itself. Once you climb to the top floor, you then get access to the ship and you can pretty much climb all over it and not many museums that I know of will let you do this to their star attraction.

Once you have finished with the Fram, there is another ship in the form of the Gjoa in another building. Here the story of the Northwest Passage is told and the efforts to discover its exsistance. While not as impressive as the Fram building, it is a good accompaniment to it and well worth visiting this section as well.

So to sum up, definitely visit this museum. The bus 30 from the centre will take you straight there as the ferry doesn't run in the winter. Cost to get in was 80kr per adult and you will easily spend a couple of hours in here. The only downside was the small cafe associated with it. If this was improved then you would be looking at 5 star attraction but don't let that stop you from visiting.

Visited January 2014
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London, England, United Kingdom
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“dont miss it!”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed January 22, 2014

we took no 30 bus from the centre to get there as unfortunately in winter ferries don't operate. Spent one hour in Fram Museum and another one in Kon Tiki,just across the road. Both worth seeing, you travel in space from a freezing Arctic Ocean to the waters of The Pacific and tropical islands. Great experience, to see two vessels which personify human courage and faith.

Visited January 2014
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London, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed January 22, 2014

Not a great lover of museums, and when I walked into this one, that was no exception.

Could not work out where to go first, so just made a dash straight to get into the boat.

There I started to get a feel for everything, ended up spending hours in there. Really got a feel for it and then everything in the museum started making sense.

The place isn't perfect, but as far as museums go , this is a must visit.

Visited January 2014
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Great Falls, Montana
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“Makes you want to get your book back out.”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed January 20, 2014

Whether you see this once or return a second time to see it again, it is fun for all ages, whether you have read the Kon Tiki books or not.

Visited January 2014
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