Fram Museum (Frammuseet)
Fram was a veteran of many Arctic voyages when Norwegian explorer Roald Amundsen–the first man to reach both North and South Poles–gained worldwide fame by sailing her to Antarctica from 1910 to 1912, where he beat the UK's Robert Scott in a race to the South Pole.
New dioramas capture the horrific conditions of polar exploration in the early 20th century, a recreation of Amundsen’s Antarctic base put together from photos and written sources, and displays on the Northwest Passage through the Arctic ice flows, all brought to life with the use of multimedia, interactive maps, and photographs. The highlight of a visit is boarding Fram to explore the ship’s cramped confines and learn of the hardships of polar exploration.
Things to Know Before You Go
- Polar Ship Fram Museum is suitable for all ages.
- Kids will love all the tales of nautical daring and the "dark walk" simulator, in which they experience temperatures below freezing.
- There are no audio tours or headphones, however, educational texts are written in 10 languages.
- The museum is wheelchair-accessible.
- Combine a visit with the Kon-Tiki and Norwegian Folk museums, also on the Bygdøy peninsula.
How to Get There
Polar Ship Fram Museum is located by taking the bus 30 at the Tollboden station and stopping at Bygdøy. The travel time takes about 25 minutes. In the summer, a ferry to Bygdøy is available at Pier 3 behind City Hall.
When to Get There
The museum is open every day, but the best time to go is during the summer. Take a trip to see the nearby museums and take advantage of the discounted prices when you visit the three nautical museums in the area.
The Gjøa Ship The museum of course highlights the polar ship Fram, however, an underground tunnel leads to another building that houses Gjøa, the first ship to navigate the Northwest Passage. Perhaps the most fascinating parts of this attraction are the northern lights projected from the ship’s main deck and the exhibits that allow guests to experience the freezing climate and the magnificent fauna of the polar regions.
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