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The Polar Museum (Polarmuseet)

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Address: Sondre Tollbugt. 11 | Postboks 900, Tromso 9259, Norway
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Glimpse of how life was lived in the past. Pretty hard living! Lots about seal hunting and polar expeditions.

4 of 5 bubblesReviewed 2 days ago
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Oxford, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed yesterday NEW

Packed with interesting items and stories, this museum can hold your attention for hours - well worth a visit, and effectively much bigger than it looks from the outside, as it is so well laid out.

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Bunbury
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2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed yesterday NEW via mobile

Just a quick comparison here. My wife and I visited the Viking Museum in Oslo. Almost everything had something in English. There were QR codes to scan for English, Spanish and Norwegian. The Polar Museum, well we spent the first 15 minutes listening to a couple of selfie taking selfish, self centred, what I thought were tourist, but found out... More 

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Oxford, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

Glimpse of how life was lived in the past. Pretty hard living! Lots about seal hunting and polar expeditions.

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London, United Kingdom
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 21 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

Very interesting exhibits and informative guide book. Some quite gruesome illustrations of animal hunting in the Arctic but a good description of the hazards faced by early explorers.

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Shanghai, China
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

Its small but fill of interesting and fascinating facts. My 11 year old daughter loved it! Would recommend if you have time to spare.

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Dallas, Texas
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 11 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 days ago NEW via mobile

The museum contains lots of history,but extremely warm in some rooms. So be prepared if you get hot easily. Also make sure you do the rooms in order. Large tour was ahead of us so we reversed order thinking it would not be a problem. Bad idea because we got the story from end to beginning.

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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 days ago NEW via mobile

This small museum is easy to miss but an interesting insight into the history, culture and attitudes of the Norwegian community. It is inexpensive (60 NOK) and you get an appropriate language guide but most of the plaques and info is in Norwegian.

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 days ago NEW via mobile

While in Tromso we visited the Polar museum. It is located in town and an easy walk. Cost is $60NOC and money well spent. They give you a booklet and you take your time going through each room. There is information on the effects of global warming in the arctic, the Sami culture and the history of arctic exploration. It... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 days ago NEW

Very interedting museum of the history of the seal hunt, pokarbear hunt and many things more. The lifelike simulatins give a good insight. The student discount is not to forget ;-)

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 days ago NEW

The museum is located in a beautiful old building which gives it a certain charm. The exhibitions are well made, some of the signs are even in English (or German) and additionally you can have a booklet in different languages. Gave an detailed insight in the life of early trappers, polar expeditions and loads more. The only negative thing was... More 

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