A selection of Polar Museums
Maybe you have booked a trip with us and want to prepare for your journey, or maybe you have been caught by the polar bug and simply can’t get enough? If so, we have listed a number of exhibitions focusing on the Arctic and Antarctic!
Scott Polar Research Institute – The Polar Museum, Cambridge
The Scott Polar Research Institute, established in 1920 as part of the University of Cambridge, is a centre of excellence in the study of the Arctic and Antarctic. Research covers both the natural and social sciences and is often interdisciplinary. The Institute also houses the World's premier Polar Library, extensive archival, photographic and object collections of international importance on the history of polar exploration, and a Polar Museum with displays of both the history and contemporary significance of the Arctic and Antarctic and their surrounding seas. Read more about Scott Polar Reseach Institute here.
Tromsø Polar Museum, Tromsø
In the Norwegian city of Tromsø we find Tromsø Polar Museum. The museum is housed in a historical and beautiful setting, consisting of old warehouses, boathouses and customs offices. This spring you can see the temporary exhibition Living Ice and several other exhibitions. In addition, you can learn more about the Arctic flora in the Arctic-Alpine botanical garden and what life looked like in Spitsbergen during the 16-1700 century. Read more about Tromsø Polar Museum here.
Grenna Museum and Polar Center
The 11 July 1897 Salomon August Andrée and his two expedition members cut the anchoring ropes to their hydrogen balloon the Eagle and headed north towards the North Pole. Three days later the balloon crashed on the ice north of Nordauslandet and after a three months journey, the company set camp at Andréeneset on Kvitøya. All the expedition members perished here during the autumn and their remains were not found until 33 years later. In the museum you find objects, archives and photographs from the expedition, which is the largest collection in world. The Andrée Expedition is part of the Polar Centre. The Polar Centre tells us about expeditions in the Arctic and Antarctic other than those of S A Andrée, both from the past and from modern times. Read more about Grenna Museum here.
Espaces des mondes polaires, Prémanon
The newly inaugurated Polar museum Espaces des mondes polaires was built in memory of the French ethnologist and explorer Paul-Emile Victor who also was very engaged in climate issues and ecology. Here, you can explore the polar ecosystems, the cold, Arctic culture and scientific research in Antarctica. At Espaces des mondes polaires different perspectives and disciplines are mixed and you can see personal belongings from Paul-Emile Victor’s and other explorers’ expeditions such as Jean-Baptiste Charcot’s. Read more about Espaces des mondes polaires here.
The Fram Museum, Oslo
Fritjof Nansen, Otto Sverdrup and Roald Amundesen took turns to explore new areas of the Arctic and Antarctic along with the ship Fram. The Fram Museum contains several exhibitions about the most famous and significant expeditions throughout history, but a highlight is of course the main character herself – Fram, which is positioned in at the core of the building. As a visitor you are allowed to walk on board to see the cabins, the cargo spaces, the engines as well as the public spaces. In an acceding building you can see the ship Gjøa, which was the first ship that managed to navigate through the Northwest Passage. Read more about The Fram Museum here.
The Exploration Museum, Husavik
In Icelandic Husavik you find The Exploration Museum. The museum is dedicated to the history of expeditions – from the Vikings’ pillaging travels and the early polar expeditions to our times space adventures. Significant and crucial exploration travels as Marco Polo’s, Columbus’ and Magellan’s are also shown. Read more about The Exploration Museum here.
The Antarctic Museum, Ushuaia
At the Antarctic Museum in Ushuaia you can learn more about some of most famous polar expedition ships, such as Fram, Discovery, Endurance, Belgica, Le Francais, Porquoi-Pas and Antarctic. On the second floor of the building, once prison of Ushuaia, you find artifacts from early expeditions to Antarctica, for example tools from Nordenskjöld’s expedition 1901-1903 and photographs and a book from the Belgian Adrien de Gerlach’s expedition 1898-1899. Read more about The Antarctic Museum here.