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The Polar Bear Society

Hamnegata 3, Hammerfest 9600, Norway
+47 78 41 31 00
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Look its a good museum, some interesting facts. Pay some money and like my mother become a member... read more

Reviewed 3 weeks ago
maizedaisy
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Ambleside, United Kingdom
It's Misleading -No money from membership fee goes to help Polar Bears or the Arctic

I was looking forward to visiting The Polar Bear Society 2 weeks ago when travelling in Norway... read more

Reviewed 4 weeks ago
TaH_10
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Edinburgh, United Kingdom
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The Polar Bear Society is located on the coastal steamer pier, together with Hammerfest’s Tourist Information. Join the world famous and exclusive society, and receive the Polar Bear Pin as proof that you visited the World’s Northernmost Town – Hammerfest! Our museum showcases our proud traditions with fishing and hunting in arctic conditions. There is also a gift shop. You can only become a member in the Polar Bear Society when you visit Hammerfest in person. A membership costs NOK 200,00 as a one time fee. The money supports the exhibition and pays the components of the membership: the Polar Bear pin in silver and enamel, a sticker with our logo on, a brochure with our statutes and some information, a diploma with your name on signed by the mayor of Hammerfest, a membership card with your own membership number.
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Hamnegata 3, Hammerfest 9600, Norway
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Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Look its a good museum, some interesting facts. Pay some money and like my mother become a member of the PolarBear Society. Get a certificate, a little pin badge and feel as though you have helped wildlife. That's it.More

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Chris D, Web Marketing at The Polar Bear Society, responded to this reviewResponded 2 weeks ago

Dear maizedaisy, Thank you very much for taking the time to write a review. When your mother became a member, she actually supported the preservation of the local history of Hammerfest. Our exhibition is all about the old traditions of arctic fishing, hunting and exploration....More

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Reviewed 4 weeks ago

I was looking forward to visiting The Polar Bear Society 2 weeks ago when travelling in Norway. We'd heard about the place and wanted to join the society, thinking that our membership money would go to helping polar bears or the arctic in some way...More

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Chris D, Web Marketing at The Polar Bear Society, responded to this reviewResponded 2 weeks ago

Dear TaH_10, Thank you for your review. We appreciate your comments about your experience at the Polar Bear Society. Let me use this opportunity to talk about our exhibition and why it is called the Polar Bear Society. The polar bear is part of the...More

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Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

Nice place with so wonderful and educative exhibition. Maybe the best place to shop souvenirs ;) I also highly recommend to take membership in their society - nice idea that deserves reward :) Btw wintertime for weekend is till 13h, not as it is stated...More

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Chris D, Web Marketing at The Polar Bear Society, responded to this reviewResponded 2 weeks ago

Dear PetarBata, thank you for the review. We are glad that you enjoyed your visit. We hope to welcome you back soon. Kind regards from Hammerfest, Christian Dederichs Web Marketing

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Reviewed 4 weeks ago

This little ‘’museum’’ shows a lot of the many animals that live in the Arctic. In this way you get to see the animals instead of ready about them or looking at photographs. It has no scientific purpose, but when you have a little bit...More

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Reviewed March 9, 2018 via mobile

First point of interest when leaving Hurtigruten ship. Good insight into history of the region and free to visit. Couldn't pass up the opportunity to join the Polar Bear Society.

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Reviewed March 9, 2018 via mobile

Also the local information centre. Helpful friendly staff. Interesting displays of local history and wildlife

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Reviewed March 3, 2018

free entrance from the tourist info , lots of photos, displays and info. you can even join the society

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Reviewed February 28, 2018

We had time to visit before boarding the boat and a great way to spend about an hour. Very interesting facts but be aware lots of stuffed animals. The best present would be to join the Polar Bear Society. Well worth a visit.

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Reviewed February 24, 2018

I joined the Polar Bear Society over 20 years ago during a Bergen - Bergen round trip, and was determined to go back on this, my next, visit to Norway. The Society is now conveniently situated with the Tourist Information Office, right on the quay,...More

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Reviewed February 12, 2018 via mobile

Nice free exhibition on natural history and polar bears. Interesting for kids and adults to sensibilize on ecology and on heritage. Well displayed. A must visit in Hammerfest.

Thank Patrick H
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Dear guest. Our opening hours are: August - May: Mon-Fri: 09:00 - 16:00 Sat - Sun: 10.00-14.00 June - July: Mon - Fri: 08.00-18.00 Sat - Sun: 08.00-16.00 Please do not hesitate to contact us again in case of further... More
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