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The Polar Museum (Polarmuseet)

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Address: Sondre Tollbugt. 11 | Postboks 900, Tromso 9259, Norway
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+47 77 68 43 73
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nice museum, nice location, a lot of history of svalbard, more of other polarregions would be great.

4 of 5 bubblesReviewed 2 days ago
Zurich, Switzerland
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Zurich, Switzerland
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

nice museum, nice location, a lot of history of svalbard, more of other polarregions would be great.

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 days ago NEW via mobile

Worth visiting. A place which displays comprehensive history of arctic trapping and explorer. Lots of photos. Would be much more better if more English translations are on display.

Thank SY L
Leeds, United Kingdom
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

Well laid out, very helpful staff, exhibitions had information in different languages. The history of whaling and sealing did not interest me so much, but it is a major part of the history of the town, and the polar exploration exhibitions are great

Thank glenbur2016
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

Created a real feeling of life in the arctic and the challenges faced by he early explorers. Worth an hour or so

Thank CheshireSue_W
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 days ago NEW via mobile

Really enjoyed our visit to the small but very informative museum. Lots of exhibits and English translations for information. It was good to have somewhere to hang your coats whilst you walked around too.

Thank KazWBerkshire
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago NEW

The museum is full of information, however you most speak the language to understand a good part of the exhibition. It is really interesting to see how to norwegian hunters managed to live through the though winters and that the collection of objects in the museum is very complete.

Thank Christopher P
Redhill, United Kingdom
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago NEW

a pity not more items have english labels, its awkward to keep looking in the brochure which has the description of exhibits. However it is fascinating to see how people lived, worked...and died in an earlier age.

Thank gloria1_connah
Princetown, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago NEW via mobile

Fantastic place to get a glimpse of how life in the Arctic used to be. Beware, there are a LOT of stuffed animals so if you're squeamish(I'm a vegan but managed to contain myself lol) or easily upset by baby seals being clubbed and skinned then it's probably not the place for you. It has an unbelievable amount of artefacts... More 

Thank JezKnowsBest
Oslo, Norway
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago NEW

It is a really interesting place showing a lot of the past experiences concerning the Norwegian visiting the the south and northern parts of the earth. The museum gives you a really interesting view of the past of these Norwegian guise who really struggles for reaching the ends of the world. This is a place you absolutely should afford some... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago NEW

We thoroughly enjoyed this exhibition, very professionally exhibits, learned a lot about Tromso . Very reasonable entrance fees and most exhibits had translations in English

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