Fram Museum, Oslo

Fram Museum, Oslo (must see)

The Fram Museum is found on Bygdøy peninsula, close to the Norwegian Maritime Museum and many other attractions. Opened in 1936, it is a tribute to Norway’s great tradition on polar exploration. One of the world’s most northerly nations, Norway has a long history of venturing into the Arctic, but a Norwegian was also the first to reach the South Pole – Roald Amundsen.

Amundsen, along with fellow explorers Fridtjof Nansen and Otto Sverdrup, are the main focus on the museum’s permanent collection. The museum is named after the original Norwegian exploration vessel, Fram. The ship forms the museum’s centerpiece, and visitors can go inside it and admire the preserved interior. There is also an exhibition on the Gjøa expedition, which saw Roald Amundsen and six crewmates traverse the perilous Northwest Passage into the Arctic.

Housed in an unusual triangular building, the Fram Museum has been visited by 10 million tourists since it first opened, and has grown in popularity in recent years. Opening hours vary throughout the year. The museum generally opens at 10am, except in the summer months when it opens at 9am.

Why You Should Visit:
This museum is the most comprehensive exhibit on polar exploration that you're likely to see.
The collection includes many photographs, maps, and equipment; the displays have timelines, journal entries, and historical contents.
There are also several specific rooms that simulate the conditions in the Arctic (and the Antarctic), like the one you go in freezing and windy conditions.
The facility offers lockers, snacks, and drinks so there's no need to rush out of it.

Tip:
Consider buying the museum pack that gets you into the 3 museums all right next to each other: Fram, Kon-Tiki, and the Marine Museum.

Opening Hours:
Daily: (Oct-Apr): 10am-5pm; (May, Sep): 10am-6pm; (Jun-Aug): 9am-6pm
Sight description based on wikipedia

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Fram Museum on Map

Sight Name: Fram Museum
Sight Location: Oslo, Norway (See walking tours in Oslo)
Sight Type: Museum/Gallery
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Walking Tours in Oslo, Norway

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Museum District (Bygdoy) Walking Tour

Museum District (Bygdoy) Walking Tour

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Tour Duration: 2 Hour(s)
Travel Distance: 3.1 Km or 1.9 Miles
Historical Churches Walking Tour

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Tour Duration: 1 Hour(s)
Travel Distance: 2.0 Km or 1.2 Miles
Old Oslo Walking Tour

Old Oslo Walking Tour

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Tour Duration: 1 Hour(s)
Travel Distance: 1.4 Km or 0.9 Miles
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Oslo Introduction Walking Tour

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Tour Duration: 2 Hour(s)
Travel Distance: 4.1 Km or 2.5 Miles
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Tour Duration: 1 Hour(s)
Travel Distance: 2.6 Km or 1.6 Miles

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