New at the Fram museum
His Majesty the King attended the re-opening of the Fram Museum today.
The permanent exhibitions at the museum will be launched with a new look for the 150th anniversary of Fridtjof Nansen’s birth. This year it is also 100 years since Roald Amundsen and his men reached the South Pole.
The chairman of the Fram Committee, Olav Orheim, wished the King and the other guests welcome and gave a brief introduction before the Fram museum’s director, Geir O. Clubs, told about the new exhibition.
The reopening was made by King Harald, who used a copy of Amundsen’s own work knife for cutting through a band in front of the exhibitions. Then the King got a brief tour of the new exhibits, with emphasis on the jubilee.
The Fram Museum presents the most famous Norwegian polar expeditions. The natural centerpiece is the strongest wooden ship in the world, the polar ship Fram. The public may themselves go on board and take a closer look at the ship.
Starting on Tuesday, the famous expeditions, led by Fridtjof Nansen, Roald Amundsen and Otto Sverdrup, are presented in a contemporary design with photography, film and lighting effects. Among the new elements is also a model that shows the polar ship Fram frozen into the ice.
At the same time more space is given to the less well-known polar heroes and those who made the expedition possible.
The scientific work that was done on these expeditions is also emphasized, presented together with the actual instruments that were used. This also includes an introduction to navigation, without modern aids, in a completely unknown area.
A special place is devoted to Fridtjof Nansen. His many sides – from the pioneering scientist and polar explorer to international humanitarian and Nobel Peace Prize winner – is presented in a solo exhibition. There are also many Inuit artifacts displayed, which he collected during wintering in West Greenland in 1888-89.
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