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The Polar Museum, Tromso

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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.
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  • This is an excellent and unusual museum. However, if you do not speak Norwegian, apart from looking at the photos and the display there are many questions left. With English having become the lingua.....  more
    This is an excellent and unusual museum. However, if you do not speak Norwegian, apart from looking at the photos and the display there are many questions left. With English having become the lingua.....  more »
  • Not a huge place, but does give in sight to how hunting was important for the area as well as exploration. 
    Not a huge place, but does give in sight to how hunting was important for the area as well as exploration.  more »
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  • It's a nice little museum with history on polar expeditions. Very informative- they give a little guidebook for English speakers. Many in previous reviews complained about the fact that animals being hunted in the past so don't visit if you can't bear it. It is a part of their past so it's unavoidable. Since then, the government imposed restrictions on hunting.
  • Great history and exhibits. Brochures in many languages to help guide you through the museum. You definitely get a feel for and understanding of arctic exploration and life. Well worth it.

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