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“Great Displays”

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.
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“Great Displays”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed February 20, 2014

You can get a free shuttle across the fjord for this wonderful and unique collection of boats and boating history with FRAM as the central focus. I thought it would be mildly interesting but it was fascinating.

Visited January 2014
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“with activity”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed February 9, 2014

The Frammuseum is on the other side of the fjord, where also the other museums like Kontikimuseum and SEEFAHRTSmuseum. This museum shows the excursion ship FRAM. The exhibition contains of multiple floors with lot of informations about the history of excursions to the arctic areas, the persons who go there and of course about the history and function of this polarship. There is a polar room where you can feel how cold it is in the arctic. This is very nice made with creepy elements like corpse in the ice. For kids there is a playground in the ground floor, where they can learn by playing.

Visited June 2013
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5 of 5 bubbles 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!)

Visited September 2013
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“If all things North and or POLAR are of interest to you”
4 of 5 bubbles 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

Visited January 2014
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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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