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The Polar Museum (Polarmuseet)

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Address: Sondre Tollbugt. 11 | Postboks 900, Tromso 9259, Norway
Phone Number: +47 77 68 43 73
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A worthwhile visit in Tromso

This was a really interesting diversion during a rainy period of our trip. Lots of amazing history and facts about what has gone on in the norther parts of Norway. I especially... read more

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Melbourne, Australia
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed yesterday NEW via mobile

This was a really interesting diversion during a rainy period of our trip. Lots of amazing history and facts about what has gone on in the norther parts of Norway. I especially liked the Amundsen stories.

Thank paulsaffigna
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 days ago NEW via mobile

Enjoyed an hour or so here getting an insight into Norwegian history and in particular that of sealing, hunting and polar exploration . The insight into to Amundsen and his life and indeed the story of Nansen were fascinating. Also interesting to see how views of the sealing industry have changed . Those guys had a tough life! Well worth... More 

Thank John C
Derby, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 days ago NEW via mobile

Enjoyable visit, lots of information to read albeit some of the English text in the museum guide did not seem to match the room numbers. Displays on the history of whaling, seal hunting, and exploration of the poles are covered. Good value when you get a combination ticket for 80 NOK which gets you into the Tromsø Museum too.

Thank RealHoltyboy
Brno, Czech Republic
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

This museum is not so big, but with a good number of exhibitions. For Tromso it's pretty cheap (for students - remember to take your cards or any other proof of it, as this was the first place in Norway where they asked for it). The truth is that there is a lot about animal hunting, but what do you... More 

Thank kosoburak
Immenstaad, Germany
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 days ago NEW via mobile

It is a very interesting museum where you can find information about artic explorations and explorers. I really recommend it

Thank Nicola A
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

The museum has lots of interesting exhibits but pity its mostly in Norwegian. They do provide an English brochure but does not cover all the exhibits. The price is not too steep compared to the other attractions in Tromso. You can consider coming here if you have some free time, otherwise, you can skip this.

Thank tloblived
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

Learned a bit about local culture and flora and fauna. Seal feeding fun to watch for the kids, and good variety of aquariums. Its not huge and can be seen in an hour.

Thank S Brent P
Norwich, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

had a few hours to spare so walking round town came across and went in to waste time realy, but WHAT a find spent 2 hours going round so much to see and read (Lot of reading) very impressed by it and being brought up in the days when we Taught about Scott and Ammundsun was a great time for... More 

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Truro, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

This is a lovely museum about polar exploration- trappers and seal hunters etc and has in depth information about expeditions. There is a good English paper guide that accompanies each exhibition.

Thank Emma C
Tromso, Norway
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

The most amazing thing about the Polar Museum is not the content, but the building itself, which is alone worth a visit. It's Tromsø's oldest building, built in the 1820s in wood and still standing! It used to be the site of the city's maritime customs office, until it was taken over by the university and turned into a museum.... More 

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