Controversy and a general lack of information often surrounds historical polar events and expeditions. The museum seeks to clearly communicate fact-based understanding of these stories both during and after the expeditions. The museum emphasizes the diversity of the personal stories of the explorers throughout history.
The museum tells stories about polar expeditions with airships, skis, dog-sledges, boats, and by foot. The exhibition consists of two floors featuring original documents, historical artifacts, images, film footage, and other cultural heritage.
Your visit will allow you to understand the tremendous human effort explorers put forth to explore these mysterious frozen landscapes driven by curiosity and in pursuit of scientific inquiry.
Most of the texts you will see while visiting the museum were written by relatives of the explorers recounting their journey to reach the North Pole throughout the last century. Arctic exploration is multicultural by nature and the North Pole Expedition Museum represents history from Norway, Russia, Italy, America, Sweden, Holland, France, Czech Republic, and Finland.
Main themes and focuses of the museum are:
Nansen, and the ship Fram (1893-1896)
Andrée, and the balloon Ørnen (1896-1897)
The Duke of Abruzzi, and the ship Stella Polare (1899)
Cook and Peary (1906-1907)
Wellman, and the airship America (1907/1909)
Amundsen, Ellsworth, and Nobile’s Norge expedition (1926)
Italia expedition (1928) and the following rescue operation after the crash on the sea ice which constitutes the largest rescue operation in the Arctic to date