Polar Museum

In Tromsø there are a couple of nice museums. One of these is the Polar Museum. It's perfect for anyone interested in the history of the Arctic capital. Find the explorer in yourself and take a look at the horrifying history of Tromsø.

Tromso polar Museum

What is there to see?

A lot.

At the entrance you get a booklet with some English translations of the exhibits. In it you can read what room has what exhibits.

The exhibits are mostly objects that were used for expeditions and stuffed animals from the Arctic regions. On the wall you can see a lot of pictures of these undertaken expeditions. Some are very bloody, so beware if you don’t want nightmares.

There are seven permanent exhibits with ten subjects. Often there is also one or more temporary museum display. The permanent exhibitions are:

  • Winter in the Arctic.
  • Henry Rudi: the polar bear catcher who shot 713 bears.
  • The first female pole traveler.
  • Wanny Woldstal’s seal hunting in the Arctic Oceans.
  • The life of Fridtjof Nansen and Roald Amundsen.
  • Helmer Hansen and Hjalmar Johansen wo accompanied Roald Amundsen to the South Pole.
  • Svalbard.
  • Willhelm Barentz discovery of the region in the 1500s.
  • Whaling in 1600-1700.
  • Russian winter.

The English translation is unfortunately not always great… Fortunately pictures sometimes say more than words and you’ll understand the subject in no time.

Polar museum in Tromsø.

Polar museum in Tromsø.

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