Tromsø University Museum

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Tromsø University Museum
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Tromsø, Norway
Location Tromsø, Troms og Finnmark, Norway
Coordinates 69°38′05″N18°54′45″E / 69.634858°N 18.912572°E / 69.634858; 18.912572
Collection size2 million objects
Visitors91,004 (2010)
Director Marit Anne Hauan
Public transit access Bus 37 [ permanent dead link ]

Tromsø University Museum (Norges arktiske universitetsmuseum) is the oldest scientific institution in Northern Norway. The museum has 80,000-90,000 visitors annually.



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It was established in 1872 and incorporated in the University of Tromsø in 1976. As of 2012, the museum comprises two scientific sections: natural sciences and cultural sciences. Each section has large collections documenting more than 100 years of exploration of the region and other northern areas. The permanent exhibitions at the museum include geology and zoology as well as two Sámi exhibitions.

The University Museum has four departments that are open to the public: Tromsø Museum on the south of the island, Polar Museum (Polarmuseet) in Tromsø city center, M/S Polstjerna at the south of town and the Arctic-Alpine Botanical Garden (Tromsø arktisk-alpine botaniske) at Breivika. [1] [2]

Sámi Ethnography

The museum publish the popular science magazine Ottar (Norwegian only) and an English language publication called Way North.

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