Dedicated to Norway's long tradition of Arctic exploration, The Polar Museum catalogues the history of science, human survival, and industry in the world's coldest reaches. Visit the museum, housed in an early 19th-century wooden warehouse, for a glimpse of the vessels, machines, and equipment that helped to transport humans to the ends of the earth. Keep in mind as you wander the exhibits that although whaling, bear hunting, and seal trapping is controversial today, these methods played a vital role in sustaining the region and spurring further discovery during the 19th and early 20th centuries. Don't miss the special exhibition dedicated to Roald Amundsen's Antarctic exploits. Before you head to Tromso, plan trip itinerary details with our user-friendly Tromso day trip website, to make sure you see all that Tromso has to offer, including The Polar Museum.
The Polar Museum reviews
Amazing! I grew up hearing storied of Shackleton and Mawson, and when I moved to England and started teaching I discovered Scott. Really informative and easy to follow. Incredible paintings on the... more »
So educational and interesting. If there's a museum you need to visit in Tromsø is this one and its partner on Tromsø university. more »
Very much interesting information but sadly too bad air ,there was way too hot to hang around.
Situated in a protected building from the 19th century this small museum contains an impressive exhibition about life in the arctic, especially hunting and whaling. The drawbacks are that most of the information is in Norwegian, and almost all of it is written on posters. More information in English, and perhaps more videos and things you could listen to would break up the somewhat monotone experience of just reading posters.
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