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Welcome to the Polar Museum

Stories about winter trapping and expeditions to the Arctic

Tromsø has been the North Norwegian capital of sealing. Following its establishment as the “Gateway to the Arctic” in the late 19th century, Tromsø became a key as a base for many polar expeditions. The Polar Museum preserves and conveys stories related to this aspect of the history of Tromsø and the Arctic.

The Polar Museum opened in 1978 in connection with the 50th anniversary of Roald Amundsen’s fateful flight in the flying boat Latham. The Polar Museum is now one of the four exhibition venues that constitute the Tromsø University Museum. The others are the sealing vessel MV Polstjerna, Tromsø Museum and Tromsø Arctic-Alpine Botanical Garden.

The Polar Museum’s permanent exhibitions deal with sealing, overwintering trapping, the stories of famous trappers such as Henry Rudi and Wanny Wolstad, the expeditions of Fridtjof Nansen and Roald Amundsen and the cultural history of Svalbard. Click here to read more about the exhibitions.

Norsk flagg   The flag of United Kingdom   Die deutsche Flagge     Le Pavillon français   La bandera española

Opening hours and prices

1.6. - 31.8.:
09.00-18.00

1.9.- 31.5.:
Mon - Fri 10.00 - 16.30
Saturday 12.00 - 15.00
Sunday 11.00 - 16.00

Open every day, except for 1. and 17.5., 24. and 25.12.

Opening hours during Easter 2018

Visiting adress:
Lars Thørings veg 10
Phone: +47 776 45 000
e-mail:  
postmottak@tmu.uit.no

Ticket prices:

Adults: 60 NOK
Children (7-18)/Students/seniors: 30 NOK
Children under 7 years: free
Family ticket (2 adults + children): 120 NOK
Groups (minimum 10 persons): 45 NOK pr person

Combination ticket Tromsø Museum/Polarmuseet/MS Polstjerna:   80/40/160 NOK
Students and employees, UiT: Free

The Polar Museum is closed from 15 October to 15 January 2019 while undergoing renovation and fire prevention work.

We look forward to welcoming you to the museum again next year.

Visiting adress:
Søndre Tollbodgt 11
Phone: 77 62 33 60
E-mail:  postmaster@polarmuseum.no

Ticket prices:

Adults: 60 NOK
Children (7-18)/Students/seniors: 30 NOK
Children under 7 years: free
Family ticket (2 adults + children): 120 NOK
Groups (minimum 10 persons): 45 NOK pr person

Combination ticket Tromsø Museum/Polarmuseet/MS Polstjerna:   80/40/160 NOK
Students and employees, UiT: Free

Open daily in the period 15.6. - 15.8. : 11.00 - 17.00

Visits beyond opening hours is possible, contact us!

Visiting adress:
Hjalmar Johansens gate 10 (by Polaria)
Phone: 77 62 33 60
E-mail:  
postmaster@polarmuseum.no

Accessibility:
Please observe that the stairs inside the ship are very steep. Visitors not comfortable with climbing ladders are advices to stay on the main deck. Regrettably, wheelchairs can not get onboard the vessel. Due to some high thresholds and dim lighting in parts of the ship, we recommend visitors with vision impairments to be accompanied.

Ticket prices for MS Polstjerna

Adults: 40 NOK
Children (7-18)/students/seniors: 20 NOK
Children under 7 years: free
Family ticket (2 adults + children): 80 NOK

Groups over 10 persons: 30 NOK pr person


Combination ticket MV Polstjerna/Tromsø Museum/Polarmuseet: 80/40/160 NOK

Combination ticket MV Polstjerna/Polaria:
- Adults: 115 NOK
- Children: 60 NOK
- Students: 75 NOK
- Seniors: 90 NOK

 

The Botanical Garden is open 24/7.

(The Botanical Garden has only outdoor displays.)

The cafe in Botanical garden

Summertime (1.6. - 31.8.)
Every day: 11.30-15.30


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