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THE FRAM MUSEUM HAS A COMPLETELY NEW LOOK

11 October 2011
Monday 10 October was the 150th anniversary of Fridtjof Nansen’s birth and we celebrated this with a grand opening of our new exhibitions.
 

 

THE FRAM MUSEUM HAS A COMPLETELY NEW LOOK


- BIG CELEBRATION ON NANSEN’S BIRTHDAY 10TH OCTOBER -

 

His Majesty King Harald cut the ribbon with a copy of Roald Amundsen’s own knife from his South Pole expedition in 1911. After this official opening in front of the new exhibitions, Director Geir Kløver and Board Chairman Olav Orheim showed the King round the Museum with a special focus on the new Nansen exhibition.        

We now present the famous explorers, the Fram and the exciting expeditions in a new and different way. They are illustrated with the help of modern design, photographs, film, an interactive map, special lighting effects, an amazing  model of the Fram frozen in the ice near the North Pole – and not least the Fram herself.   

The scientific work that was done on the expeditions with the Fram and Amundsen’s Maud are also presented – together with the actual equipment and instruments that were used. This includes an explanation of how navigation was done without modern aids in regions never before visited. 

Norway’s great Renaissance hero and first climate scientist – the universal genius Nansen – is given extra space this year and presented in a separate exhibition on the ground floor. Here we have collected the Inuit clothes and artefacts he brought home from his winter in Greenland 1888-89. In addition you can look at original Nansen passports and various objects from Nansen’s and Johansen’s winter hut on Franz Josef Land.

Our completely new polar simulator is now open to the public, where you can experience the cold and dangers of expeditions in the distant past.


"Victory awaits him, who has everything in order - luck we call it.  Defeat is definitely due for him, who has neglected to take the necessary precautions - bad luck we call it"

Roald Amundsen

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