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Tromso University Museum

See interactive exhibits, wander through exotic botanical gardens and learn about Norway’s polar seafaring tradition in the departments of this exceptional museum.

Tromsø University Museum, the largest museum north of the Arctic Circle, consists of four departments open to the public. Visit the Tromsø Museum department and discover displays on the Samis, the indigenous Finno-Ugric people residing in the Arctic area of Sápmi. Wander through the Arctic-Alpine Botanical Gardens and learn how these gardens function during the summer’s midnight sun phenomenon. See the MS Polstjerna, a seafaring hunting vessel.

The Tromsø University Museum features a special interactive northern lights exhibit. See this captivating natural wonder year-round in the museum’s innovative plasma chamber. Learn how northern Norway’s sky explodes with colorful lights in the wintertime via interactive models.

The Arctic-Alpine Botanical Gardens are renowned for collections of flora unique to polar regions. These remarkable gardens also include international plant and flower species, including the beautiful Himalayan blue poppy and the New Zealand buttercup. The gardens are open every day and can be accessed at any time of day. Visit in early spring to see the flowers blossom as the snow melts.

View the MS Polstjerna (Polar Star), a preserved seal-hunting vessel, dating back to the peak of Norway’s polar hunting expeditions. It operated for more than three decades and is famous for bringing back almost 100,000 seals. Learn more about Norway’s seafaring and polar bear trapping heritage at the Polar Museum. 

The Tromsø University Museum is located about 2 miles (3 kilometers) from the center of Tromsø and is open every day. The three other departments are a short distance from the city center. Check official websites for information on admission fees and temporary exhibits.

Visiting Tromsø University Museum’s four public branches is the perfect way to explore the city and learn about Norway’s rich cultural history.


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Clarion Hotel The Edge $125
Clarion Hotel The Edge

Clarion Hotel The Edge

Kaigata 6, Tromso
     
    4.0 out of 5.0 Stars

    Located in the heart of Tromso, this hotel is 0.1 mi (0.2 km) from Nordnorsk Kunstmuseum and 2.5 mi (4.1 km) from University of Tromso. Tromso Cathedral (Tromso Domkirke) and Art Museum of Northern Norway are also within 5 minutes.

    Radisson Blu Hotel, Tromso $105
    Radisson Blu Hotel, Tromso

    Radisson Blu Hotel, Tromso

    Sjogata 7, Tromso
       
      4.0 out of 5.0 Stars

      Located in the heart of Tromso, this hotel is 0.1 mi (0.1 km) from Art Museum of Northern Norway and 2.4 mi (3.9 km) from University of Tromso. Nordnorsk Kunstmuseum and Tromso Cathedral (Tromso Domkirke) are also within 5 minutes.

      Comfort Hotel Xpress Tromso $62
      Comfort Hotel Xpress Tromso

      Comfort Hotel Xpress Tromso

      Gronnegata 35, Tromso
         
        3.0 out of 5.0 Stars

        Located in the heart of Tromso, this hotel is within a 10-minute walk of Tromso Cathedral (Tromso Domkirke) and Polaria. Polar Museum and Tromso University Museum are also within 2 mi (3 km).

        Clarion Collection Hotel Aurora $112
        Clarion Collection Hotel Aurora

        Clarion Collection Hotel Aurora

        Sjøgata 19-21, Tromso
           
          3.5 out of 5.0 Stars

          Located in the heart of Tromso, this hotel is 0.1 mi (0.2 km) from Art Museum of Northern Norway and 2.4 mi (3.8 km) from University of Tromso. Nordnorsk Kunstmuseum and Tromso Catholic Church Var Frue Kirke are also within 5 minutes.

          Robukta Lodge
          Robukta Lodge

          Robukta Lodge

          Slåttnesvegen 9, Tromso, Tromsø
             
            4.5 out of 5.0 Stars

            Situated near the airport, this luxury villa is within 2 mi (3 km) of Tromso University Museum, Polaria, and Mack Brewery. Alfheim Stadium and Tromso Cathedral (Tromso Domkirke) are also within 3 mi (5 km).

            Bjørn & Bibbi's Apartments
            Bjørn & Bibbi's Apartments

            Bjørn & Bibbi's Apartments

            Grønlandsvegen 17, Tromso
               
              3.5 out of 5.0 Stars

              Situated in the suburbs, this apartment building is within 1 mi (2 km) of Tromso University Museum, Alfheim Stadium, and Polaria. Mack Brewery and Tromso Cathedral (Tromso Domkirke) are also within 2 mi (3 km).

              Scandic Ishavshotel $124
              Scandic Ishavshotel

              Scandic Ishavshotel

              Fr. Langesgate 2, Tromso
                 
                3.5 out of 5.0 Stars

                Located in the heart of Tromso, this hotel is within a 10-minute walk of Tromso Cathedral (Tromso Domkirke) and Polar Museum. Polaria and Tromso University Museum are also within 2 mi (3 km).

                Tromsø Smart Apartments
                Tromsø Smart Apartments

                Tromsø Smart Apartments

                Hjalmar Johansens Gate, 275, 279,291, 293, 313, 317, Tromso
                   
                  3.5 out of 5.0 Stars

                  Located in the heart of Tromso, this apartment building is within a 15-minute walk of Polaria and Mack Brewery. Alfheim Stadium and Tromso Cathedral (Tromso Domkirke) are also within 1 mi (2 km).