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The Polar Museum (Polarmuseet)

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Sondre Tollbugt. 11 | Postboks 900, Tromso 9259, Norway
+47 77 68 43 73
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Reviewed yesterday

Nowhere on their website says that it is closed so walked there to find construction work on-going and signs to say shut until 6th January. Advance warning on their webpage would have been nice.

2  Thank Kirst1234
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

This museum covered a lot of polar history ranging from famous explorers, tales of hardship and survival (or not), and as horrible as it sounds the barbarity of the old ways of living in the harsh polar region. It does not have some of the...More

1  Thank John R
Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

A shame that it was closed for refurnishment. My review is low due to not finding out till we got there that it was closed. I hadn't seen anything online to say it was.

1  Thank Joanna H
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

This is a very town-specific museum that houses the early history of the Tromso area. It was built upon the fur, fishing, and whaling industries. Many of the original implements, tools, bones, pelts, stuffed animals, and pictures graphically depict how the animals were mistreated and...More

Thank alohatripper
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Told myself not to visit anymore museum but there is really nothing much else to do. It was raining, so went in and paid 60kr. Nothing much to describe except stuffs you will see in every museum except this one displays the local history.

Thank fash
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

great museum with info about polar expeditions and various explorers! visitors were given a paper booklet in english which explains every room/exhibit. may be better if the booklet is laminated? it seems to be falling apart! haha but still very useful.

Thank t_cha1
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

The Polar Museum has an immense range and depth of material describing many aspects of Polar discovery, life and work. Presented very well. From the outside it looks like a small building but once inside it keeps expanding. We spent several hours, but it could...More

Thank jagsjg
Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

Larger than I thought it would be, lots to read and interesting information on the polar explorations from Tromsø. Filled in an hour on a rainy day.

Thank Jet603624
Reviewed 5 weeks ago via mobile

It looks small from the outside, however there is many information inside. The visit was included in the walking tour I did. I believe that is the best way to go in, understand and appreciate what is inside

Thank Jose Fabio F
Reviewed 10 October 2018 via mobile

Nice small museum gets pretty in depth explaining things we did a fly by visit not getting deep into all the exhibits. Inexpensive. Well worth it.

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21 July 2017|
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Response from strick52 | Reviewed this property |
We went with our one year old. She wasn't interested in much, but it's a casual place and no one minded her crawling around a bit. Older children would likely be interested in the stuffed animals and model boats.
8 May 2016|
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Response from CarolWestSussex | Reviewed this property |
The website indicates that the museum will be open between 9.00 and 18.00 and the walk from the ferry terminal is short, about 15 minutes. Enjoy!
8 May 2016|
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Response from bellad0nna99 | Reviewed this property |
We visited the museum in November on a Sunday. If it was open then I am sure ut will be open in summer. Its an easy walk
Jacqueline M
16 November 2015|
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Response from lex_az79 | Reviewed this property |
It's 5 minutes walk from the hotel by the harbour.