The Polar Museum


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Søndre Tollbodgt. 11,
9008 Tromsø

Phone+47 77 62 33 60
Fax+47 77 61 17 20


The Polar Museum tells the exciting story of risky Arctic trapping and courageous polar expeditions. Located in former Customs House on the quayside dating from 1830.

Tromsø was the centre of seal hunting in North Norway, and the town was established at the “Gateway to the Arctic” in the late 1800s. Tromsø has long been an important base for many polar expeditions, and the Polar Museum exhibits and presents this polar seafaring tradition. At the museum you will meet the courageous men and women and the ships and equipment that were essential for life both on the sea and in the Arctic.

Exhibitions subjects:

Overwintering in the Arctic - The trapper Henry Rudi who killed 713 polar bears; The first woman to winter in the Arctic – Wanny Woldstad: Seal hunting in the Arctic Ocean; Fridtjof Nansen’s and Roald Amundsen’s lives and expeditions; Helmer Hansen and Hjalmar Johansen who accompanied Amundsen to the South Pole; Svalbard, Willhelm Barentz’ discovery of the region in the 1500s, whaling in the 1600-1700s and Russian overwintering. Temporary exhibitions with Arctic content.




Price from


- Per personChildren30.007-18 år
- Per personAdults60.00
- Special priceFamily ticket120.002 voksne + 2 barn u/18 år
- Per personStudent30.00
- Per personSenior30.00
- Special pricePackage80.00Polarmuseet + Tromsø Museum (voksen)
15/06/2015 - 15/08/2015Monday - Sunday09:00-18:00Polarmuseet i Tromsø
16/08/2015 - 31/12/2015Monday - Sunday11:00-17:00Polarmuseet i Tromsø
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Postboks 311
9253 Tromsø, Norway
Tel: 77 61 00 00
Fax: 77 61 00 10

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