Founding Members

The Founding Members of the Polar Museums Network are:

The Grenna Museum (Sweden)

A memorial to the Arctic explorer Salomon August Andrée (1854-97). The museum houses artefacts found on White Island in 1930. Archives include photographs of the expedition left undeveloped for over 30 years. Also collections from Nordenskjöld’s South Pole Expedition 1901-03; The Norwegian-British-Swedish Antarctic Expedition 1949-52 and other expeditions in the north and south. The polar collections are available online.

  • Name: Håkan Jorikson
  • Email: hakan[dot]jorikson[at]grennamuseum[dot]se

The Fram Museum (Norway)

A polar museum dedicated to the story of Norwegian polar expeditions. The central exhibit is the Fram, the polar exploration ship built by Colin Archer in 1892 and used on the expeditions of Fridtjof Nansen (1893-96), Otto Sverdrup (1898-1902) and Roald Amundsen (1910-12).

  • Name: Geir Kløver
  • Email:

The Polar Museum, UIT, The Arctic University of Norway (Norway)

The Polar museum was established in 1978 and was incorporated into Tromso University Museum in 2010. Today, the museum’s exhibits focus on winter trapping, seal hunting, polar exhibitions and recent research in the north. A major exhibit, also used on expeditions, is the historic sealing vessel, M/V Polstjerna, one of the only surviving wooden sealers in Norway.

  • Name: Lena Aarekol
  • Email: lena[dot]aarekol[at]uit[dot]no

Svalbard Museum (Norway)

The exhibition presents fragments of Svalbard’s 400-year history and describes factors that help support life and the activities taking place here, which together reveal the close relationship between sea and land, nature and cultural history.

  • Name: Tora Hultgreen
  • Email:

Discovery Point (UK)

Visitor centre focused on RRS Discovery, the polar research ship built for Scott’s first Antarctic expedition (1901-04), and used subsequently during the Discovery Investigations (1925-27) and by BANZARE (1929-31). Discovery was built in Dundee and returned there in 1986.

  • Name: Gill Poulter
  • Email:

The Polar Museum, Scott Polar Research Institute, University of Cambridge (UK)

The Scott Polar Research Institute holds a unique collection of artefacts, journals, paintings, photographs, clothing equipment, maps and other materials illustrating polar exploration, history and science.

  • Name: Charlotte Connelly
  • Email: museum[at]spri[dot]cam[dot]ac[dot]uk