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The Polar Bear Society

Hamnegata 3, Hammerfest 9600, Norway
+47 78 41 31 00
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A Museum that Preserves Tradition

Our cruise ship stopped at Hammerfest for the day. One of the places we visited was the Polar Bear... read more

Reviewed 3 weeks ago
Pompano Beach, Florida
Ya gotta go here! Become a member!

Just a few short blocks from the Hurtigruten pier, follow the polar bear tracks painted on the... read more

Reviewed 11 July 2017
Ephrata, Pennsylvania
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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
+47 78 41 31 00
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Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Our cruise ship stopped at Hammerfest for the day. One of the places we visited was the Polar Bear Society. It was founded in 1963 with a goal of preserving Hammerfest and its proud tradition as a base for hunting and fishing in Arctic waters....More

Thank Eddiemack
Reviewed 11 July 2017

Just a few short blocks from the Hurtigruten pier, follow the polar bear tracks painted on the sidewalk.....to an enchanting place to learn about the plight of polar bears and how their diminishing numbers tells the story about global warming. A lovely gift shop to...More

Thank lancolou62
Reviewed 5 July 2017 via mobile

With a free entrance, you can take a closer look on polar bears' lives and fishers from decades ago. The museum wasn't as big as I thought it'd be, but it was still very interesting. There's also a box inside the museum where you can...More

Thank Emma T
Reviewed 3 July 2017

Polar animals are hearty no beautiful -- and beautifully represented in the museum. From hulking Polar Bears to Splendid Foxes you are treated to a view of the Polar Animal Kingdom.

Thank ronniev687
Reviewed 22 June 2017

The Polar Bear museum has dioramas of how the Norse lived and their relationship to the North Sea. There are displays that may be disturbing to many such as stuffed animals and actual polar bear skin rugs.

Thank dangnad
Reviewed 16 June 2017 via mobile

Where else can you join a club that turned down Elvis's membership application because he was too busy eating burgers in Graceland - you can only join in His Hammerfest. Learn about polar bears cc and life in these northern parts,

Thank ReadingRoamer
Reviewed 14 June 2017

Hammerfest is a small Norwegian town with limited things to do but if there I highly recommend a stop at the Polor Bear Society. While there enjoy the exhibits and join the society!

Thank sharonc52970ks
Reviewed 2 June 2017 via mobile

Great cause, for only 200 kroner you get a membership and a Pretty polar bear pin for a great cause. It's also a small museum and it has a very pretty gift store. Situated right on the pier where the Hurtigruten docks for a short...More

1  Thank Fligh
Reviewed 21 May 2017 via mobile

It was great, but we arrived after 12.30 and they close at 1pm on a Saturday.... in fact we almost got locked in! Enjoyed reading about the exhibits, but needed more time... well worth a visit and it is free, much better than many paying...More

Thank cnb134
Reviewed 15 May 2017

It was a showy day on tour so the only thing we could find interesting is this museum. Absolutely recommended attraction. cute bears :)

Thank Erik_Hansen_trip
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12 March 2015|
Response from Chris D | Property representative |
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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