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“Excellent museum”

Fram Polar Ship Museum
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Ranked #10 of 404 things to do in Oslo
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Recommended length of visit: 1-2 hours
Owner description: The Fram Museum is located at Bygdøy, a short distance from the centre of Oslo and is easily reached by bus or, in the summer season, by ferry from the City Hall quayside. Our closest neighbours are the Kon-Tiki Museum and the Norwegian Maritime Museum. The Viking Ship Museum and the Norwegian Folk Museum are within 15 minutes walk. The Bygdøy peninsula is therefore popularly known as the museum peninsula. Bygdøy is one of Oslo´s main places to go. The area itself is an attraction with, among other things, its rich hiking and recreational areas and the opportunities it provides for swimming in the sea. It is also home to His Majesty the King´s summer residence, Kongsgarden. The main exhibition in the Fram building has explanatory texts in ten languages and describes the three great Fram expeditions. You can enjoy a northern lights show every 20 minutes from the main deck of the Fram. In the activity centre behind the ship you can test your strength and accuracy. In June 2013 we inaugurated our new Gjøa building, which is connected to the Fram with an underground tunnel. The centerpiece here is Gjøa, the first ship to navigate the whole of the Northwest Passage. There are brand new historical exhibitions on the expeditions of Gjøa and Maud, of the airplanes N24 and N25 as well as of the airship Norge, John Franklin's legendary expedition and those of Henry Larsen and Eivind Astrup. We also present current issues facing the High North such as polar bears, ice melting, gas and oil etc. There is a 116 seats cinema showing a polar introduction movie every fifteen minutes. Temporary exhibitions are made continually on different polar issues. In both buildings as well as in the tunnel, you will find objects from the different expeditions. We have exclusive polar souvenirs in our shop and probably the world’s biggest polar book store with 220 different titles.
Reviewed 3 April 2012

A fascinating museum about the Norwegian polar explorers. Clear about the reasons for Amundsen's success (logistics and willingness to learn from Inuit etc) but more than fair to poor old Scott. You really get a sense of the courage and resolve of all these men setting off into the unknown.

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Reviewed 31 March 2012

The Fram Museum in Oslo Norway is worth the visit. The original ship is inside the building and you can board the ship and explore the whole thing. There are also many artifacts in the museum of items that were used on the ship by the explorers. Very interesting!

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Reviewed 27 March 2012

The museum cover their subject well and is a good museum for those who are interested in the subject. You also get to see the FRAM boat with the name plaquettes over the cabins still intact. If you want to see where Roald Amundsen slept, this is the place.

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Reviewed 25 March 2012

There are 3 main floors. Ground floor consists of shop and art work related to the Fram. Nothing to really see on this floor. 2nd floor explains journey to the south pole. It also has a small section where you enter and experience how cold it would have been on the ship while travelling. 3rd floor explains journey to the north pole. From this floor can access the Fram polar ship. You can walk around the ship and see the different levels - bedrooms etc. I enjoyed looking in the ship.

Next door to the maritime museum and the kon-tiki museum is across the street. I enjoyed this museum the most out of these 3.

Note: there are renovations occuring mainly on the ground floor.

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Reviewed 25 March 2012

The Fram Polar Ship Museum is one of three museums you can visit at the same bus stop. When I visited 19 March, 2012 part (half) of the museum was closed for renovation, but the main portion is interesting and delightful in a number of ways. Of course there is the FRAM (and you can climb aboard), but additionally there are many other artifacts from the trips as well as photos, a movie, preserved polar bears and sled dog in a display, and there are several levels above and below ground. The lights brighten and dim as the Northern Lights are displayed across the ceiling. It is truly multi-sensory!
Don't neglect to turn left out of the museum when you leave and take a look out over the water and see the life-size statues of five explorers.
I showed my Oslo Pass and there was no charge for admittance.

Thank Helen711
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