Study Tour

The inaugural conference of the Polar Museums Network at the Fram Museum, Oslo, will be followed by an optional study tour on Monday 24 October 2016. The itinerary for the day is:

  • 9.00: Depart from the Fram Museum
  • AM: Uranienborg, Roald Amundsen’s home
  • Lunch: Oslo
  • PM: Ski Museum and Polhøgda, Fridtjof Nansen’s home and office
  • 16:00: Drop-off in Oslo city centre

Please note that there will be an additional fee of NK250 for the study tour. When registering for the conference please indicate whether you would like to participate in the study tour.


Uranienborg was the home of Roald Amundsen (1872-1928), leader of the first expedition to traverse the Northwest Passage (1903-06) and the first expedition to reach the South Pole (1910-12) from 1908 to his death in 1928. The house stands as it did in 1928 when Amundsen left it to rescue Nobile’s crew, whose airship ‘Italia’ had crashed on its return from the North Pole –  Amundsen disappeared when his plane crashed into the Artic Ocean.

Ski Museum

The Ski Museum opened in 1923 and is the world’s oldest museum dedicated to skiing. The exhibitions tell the 4000-year history of skiing, from prehistoric times to the present day. The museum’s polar exhibitions display objects from some of the most important Norwegian expeditions, including those of Fridtjof Nansen, Roald Amundsen and Børge Ousland, as well as from present day polar explorers.


Polhøgda was the home of the famous Norwegian polar explorer, scientist, diplomat, humanist and Nobel Peace Prize laureate Fridtjof Nansen (1861–1930), and is located at Lysaker just outside Oslo. Nansen lived at Polhøgda from its completion in 1901 until his death. His grave is located in the garden in front of the manor. Since 1958, Polhøgda has been home to the independent, non-profit Fridtjof Nansen Institute, which focuses its research on a topic that dominated Nansen’s later life: How to solve global and regional problems through international cooperation? The house is not normally open to the public.