The Tromsø Museum is northern Norway's oldest and largest museum with exhibitions devoted to the cultural and natural history of the region. It is located on the university campus, just outside the city, and is run by the university. There is a comprehensive display relating to the traditional culture and music of the Sami or Lapp people and their nomadic, reindeer-herding way of life, and for many people this is the highlight of the visit. The Tromso Museum is possibly the best place in Norway to learn about the fascinating Sami culture and history. There are also daily films about the Northern Lights, which is particularly good for those visiting outside of the months when the Aurora might be seen. Apart from the Northern Lights display, there are numerous other science and nature exhibits, including things like earthquake sensors, which the kids will enjoy testing. Most of the exhibits have some information available in English. There is a good cafe for refreshments when you need a break.
The bus ride to the museum is scenic and many travellers find it a fun part of the visit, but it is also possible to walk the distance and it is a pleasant stroll if you have the inclination.
Address: Lars Thoringsveg 10
Telephone: 7764 5000
Transport: Bus 28 from Storgata
Opening times: Open daily 9am to 6pm (June to August); 10am to 4.30pm Monday to Friday, 12pm to 3pm Saturday, and 11am to 4pm Sunday (September to May).
Admission: NOK 50 (adults), NOK 25 (children over 7/students/seniors).