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Fram Polar Ship Museum
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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 February 4, 2014

Spent hours here reading all the information on the displays - very, very interesting! I did not expect to find it all so intriguing. And when you think you're done, there's another whole area with another ship. (I told them when I left I bet no one has spent more time there than I did... I enjoy history!)

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Reviewed January 31, 2014

I made it here an hour before closing so I did not get a chance to take in all the information. I was impressed with the exhibits I did see and I enjoyed the short film they show. I really learned quite a bit about early polar expeditions as well as the life of Roald Amundson.

I'm a fan of the far north and anything to do with arctic environments and this museum was a nice touch to my short stay in Oslo after spending two weeks in Longyearbyen.

I will revisit this museum on my next stay in Oslo

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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.

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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.

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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.

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