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“polar bear museum”

The Polar Bear Society
Ranked #1 of 10 things to do in Hammerfest
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Owner description: 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.
Reviewed 31 October 2013

I expected a souvenir shop and tourist trap from my readings. I was greatly surprized to find a free museum of (preserved) arctic animals and a great history, including a video, of northern Norway and its explorers. Signing up as a member in the Society was a fun souvenir, but the education was well worth the visit.

2  Thank Mick V
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Reviewed 26 July 2013

Once in the north you surely hope to see polar bears. Hammerfest even has polar bears standing statue outside the town hall. But there has never, at least in modern times, never been a polar bear to be seen near Hammerfest! But this town is very well worth a visit and once you are here you can visit and be a member of the Bear Society!

1  Thank Ingwar E
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Reviewed 9 January 2012

enjoyed a quick tour around the shop, didnt have much time.plenty of things to read and souvineers to buy.didnt get chance to enroll, was to busy

2  Thank mrbusy
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Reviewed 26 February 2011

Visited here in February as part of a Hurtigruten cruise trip to see the Northern Lights. It is an excellent exhibition/ information centre and historical/cultural display focusing on polar bears, wildlife and life in general in the arctic. It is situated right on the quay within the tourist information centre and entry is free. It also incorporates a gift shop. You need about an hour to really see round and the displays and information boards/sheets are very interesting. There are a couple of great video displays and the whole place is really child-friendly.The staff were a delight and even though it was quite busy had time for everyone and were polite and helpful.
The Society has links with the World Wildlife Foundation which it supports in preserving polar bear habitats. A really lovely place to visit.

5  Thank KCL60
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