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The Polar Bear Society

Hamnegata 3, Hammerfest 9600, Norway
+47 78 41 31 00
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Excellent for history of the Norse

The Polar Bear museum has dioramas of how the Norse lived and their relationship to the North Sea... read more

Reviewed 5 days ago
Las Vegas, Nevada
Unique experience

Where else can you join a club that turned down Elvis's membership application because he was too... read more

Reviewed 1 week ago
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The Polar Bear Society is located on the coastal steamer pier, together with Hammerfest’s Tourist Information. Join the world famous and exclusive society, and receive the Polar Bear Pin as proof that you visited the World’s Northernmost Town – Hammerfest! Our museum showcases our proud traditions with fishing and hunting in arctic conditions. There is also a gift shop. You can only become a member in the Polar Bear Society when you visit Hammerfest in person. A membership costs NOK 200,00 as a one time fee. The money supports the exhibition and pays the components of the membership: the Polar Bear pin in silver and enamel, a sticker with our logo on, a brochure with our statutes and some information, a diploma with your name on signed by the mayor of Hammerfest, a membership card with your own membership number.
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Hamnegata 3, Hammerfest 9600, Norway
+47 78 41 31 00
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Reviewed 5 days ago

The Polar Bear museum has dioramas of how the Norse lived and their relationship to the North Sea. There are displays that may be disturbing to many such as stuffed animals and actual polar bear skin rugs.

Thank dangnad
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Where else can you join a club that turned down Elvis's membership application because he was too busy eating burgers in Graceland - you can only join in His Hammerfest. Learn about polar bears cc and life in these northern parts,

Thank ReadingRoamer
Reviewed 1 week ago

Hammerfest is a small Norwegian town with limited things to do but if there I highly recommend a stop at the Polor Bear Society. While there enjoy the exhibits and join the society!

Thank sharonc52970ks
Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

Great cause, for only 200 kroner you get a membership and a Pretty polar bear pin for a great cause. It's also a small museum and it has a very pretty gift store. Situated right on the pier where the Hurtigruten docks for a short...More

Thank Fligh
Reviewed 21 May 2017 via mobile

It was great, but we arrived after 12.30 and they close at 1pm on a Saturday.... in fact we almost got locked in! Enjoyed reading about the exhibits, but needed more time... well worth a visit and it is free, much better than many paying...More

Thank cnb134
Reviewed 15 May 2017

It was a showy day on tour so the only thing we could find interesting is this museum. Absolutely recommended attraction. cute bears :)

Thank Erik_Hansen_trip
Reviewed 27 March 2017

Pleasant hour spent in this small unique museum and tourist information centre. Staff were so helpful and friendly. In praise of stock fish and an opportunity to join 240,000 others worldwide by becoming a member of the Polar Bear Society for 200 NOK .... very...More

Thank reddisa62
Reviewed 21 March 2017

Stuffed polar bear and a walrus head aside, plenty of facts and exhibits. Free to get in, and nice shop to peruse.

Thank D38lawn
Reviewed 21 February 2017

The passengers from the Nordnorge, on the Hurtigruten cruise line only had a short time to go round this unique museum telling you everything about polar bearsand what sort of exploration had been involved withthese amazing creatures. It was interesting and informative and gave you...More

Thank AnnePitcher
Reviewed 19 February 2017 via mobile

We visited this small Intimate Museum & Shop as part of a stop on our Arctic Hurtigruten Coastal Voyage. It was possibly the only place available to visit on a Sunday in 'The Most Northerly City' in the World; helpful staff, quality souvenirs, and a...More

Thank TinyTimTulips
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Again, opening times if we are docking in at 5.15am via Hurtigruten ferry for just hour and half!!!
12 March 2015|
Response from Chris D | Property representative |
Dear guest. Our opening hours are: August - May: Mon-Fri: 09:00 - 16:00 Sat - Sun: 10.00-14.00 June - July: Mon - Fri: 08.00-18.00 Sat - Sun: 08.00-16.00 Please do not hesitate to contact us again in case of further... More
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