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NB! From October 1st 2018 - January 6th 2019 the Polar Museum is closed due to installation of a new fire sprinkler system to provide optimal fire protection for people and property. The Polar Museum is one of Norway's top ten museums (Trip Advisor 2013) with exciting information about Arctic hunting and Polar explorers.
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.
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.