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.
Create an itinerary including The Polar Museum
The Polar Museum reviews
We went here with a family of five, kids ages 2 to 8. We really enjoyed natural history and are interested in arctic exploration so this was a big one for us. We really liked how it is an older style.... more »
Fascinating and well-presented. Very good value. Allow 1-1 1/2 hours. Learn about expeditions to both poles, fishing and hunting expeditions and winter hunting on Svalbard. Also the truth about polar.... 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.
Plan your trip to Tromso
Get a personalized tripA complete day by day itinerary
based on your preferences
Customize itRefine your trip. We'll find the
best routes and schedules
Book itChoose from the best hotels
and activities. Up to 50% off
Manage itEverything in one place.
Everyone on the same page.
Popular things to do in Tromso
Side trips from Tromso
Hidden gems in Tromso
Museums in Tromso
Nearby attractions in Tromso
Wildlife in Tromso
Trips to The Polar Museum by other users
60 days in Europe BY A USER FROM AUSTRALIA Tromso London Moreton-in-Marsh 26 days in Norway, Finland & Sweden BY A USER FROM AUSTRALIA Helsinki Kittila Tromso 60 days in Northern Norway BY A USER FROM AUSTRALIA Tromso Senja Harstad 60 days in Norway BY A USER FROM AUSTRALIA Tromso Bodo Trondheim 60 days in Norway BY A USER FROM AUSTRALIA Tromso Nordkapp Municipality Trondheim 7 days in Tromso BY A USER FROM UNITED KINGDOM Tromso