I’d heard good things about the Fram Museum so it was one of the museums I definitely wanted to visit. The highlight is of course the Fram itself – which among other voyages lead Roald Amundsen to become the first person to reach the South Pole. Being able to actually climb on board the ship and go down into the rooms below makes it a very special museum.
The Fram was the first Norwegian ship built especially for polar research and was used on three important polar expeditions, including that of Amundsen’s 1910-1912 South Pole journey. I was amused to learn that when the plan to head to the North Pole was scuppered (by others reaching there first) Amundsen decided to make for the South Pole, but didn’t tell his crew until they were already on their way!
Being able to step onto the ship itself is a great experience – it even smells like the sea! – and there are plenty of things to see on board.
The exhibitions outside the ship also give a good grounding in why the ship is so important and the effort that went into ensuring it would survive the ice of the Pole. It also has many of Amundsen’s original possessions on display including this compass,
and Amundsen’s snow shoes.
Definitely worth a visit, especially as pictures really don’t capture the vast size of the ship.
You can, as ever, find more photos of the museum here.