Polar Museums

Polar enthusiasts are always keen on learning more about the subject. Listed below are some of the best polar museums around the world that will keep you interested for many hours during a visit.

Discovery Point, Dundee, Scotland - https://www.rrsdiscovery.com/

Visitor centre focused on RRS Discovery, the polar research ship built for Scott’s first Antarctic expedition (1901-04), and used subsequently during the Discovery Investigations (1925-27) and by BANZARE (1929-31). Discovery was built in Dundee and returned there in 1986.

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Espace Des Mondes Polaires, Prémanon, France: http://www.espacedesmondespolaires.org/

The museum highlights objects and documents from the expeditions involving Paul-Emile Victor, a pioneer of modern ecology who documented the polar wilderness.

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Fram Museum Oslo, Norway - http://frammuseum.no/

A polar museum dedicated to the story of Norwegian polar expeditions. The central exhibit is the Fram, the polar exploration ship built by Colin Archer in 1892 and used on the expeditions of Fridtjof Nansen (1893-96), Otto Sverdrup (1898-1902) and Roald Amundsen (1910-12).

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The Grenna Museum, Sweden - http://www.grennamuseum.se/
A memorial to the Arctic explorer Salomon August Andrée (1854-97). The museum houses artefacts found on White Island in 1930. Archives include photographs of the expedition left undeveloped for over 30 years. Also collections from Nordenskjöld’s South Pole Expedition 1901-03; The Norwegian-British-Swedish Antarctic Expedition 1949-52 and other expeditions in the north and south.
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International Antarctic Centre, Christchurch, New Zealand - https://www.iceberg.co.nz/

Journey through modern day Antarctica and experience a taste of this unique and breathtaking continent. Learn about the human impact on the continent, the wildlife and plant systems and Antarctica’s effect on the globe.

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Scott Polar Research Institute, Cambridge, England - https://www.spri.cam.ac.uk/museum/access/

The Scott Polar Research Institute holds a unique collection of artefacts, journals, paintings, photographs, clothing equipment, maps and other materials illustrating polar exploration, history and science.

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St. Petersburg Arctic and Antarctic Museum - http://www.saint-petersburg.com/museums/arctic-antarctic-museum/

The dramatic story of Russian and Soviet polar exploration unfolds before visitors to this museum. From the first days of polar navigation in the Russian Far North to the modern-day research stations in Antarctica, the breathtaking achievements of scientists and travelers are covered in great detail and illustrated with authentic artifacts.

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Svalbard Museum, Norway - http://svalbardmuseum.no/en/

The exhibition presents fragments of Svalbard’s 400-year history and describes factors that help support life and the activities taking place here, which together reveal the close relationship between sea and land, nature and cultural history.

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The Falkland Islands Postal Museum: http://www.falklands-museum.com/fox-bay-post-office.html

The Museum is primarily, but not exclusively, showing the history of the Post Office at Fox Bay, and the displays include a counter with postal artifacts, the old wooden rack of mail boxes, mail bags, the old Post Office safe, as well as information about and pictures of old postmarks and covers sent from Fox Bay from 1899 onwards.

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Tromsø Museum, UIT Arctic University, Norway - https://en.uit.no/tmu

The Polar museum was established in 1978 and was incorporated into Tromso University Museum in 2010. Today, the museum’s exhibits focus on winter trapping, seal hunting, polar exhibitions and recent research in the north. A major exhibit, also used on expeditions, is the historic sealing vessel, M/V Polstjerna, one of the only surviving wooden sealers in Norway.

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