Tromsø University Museum (Norges arktiske universitetsmuseum) is the oldest scientific institution in Northern Norway. The museum has 80,000-90,000 visitors annually.
|Location||Tromsø, Troms og Finnmark, Norway|
|Collection size||2 million objects|
|Director||Marit Anne Hauan|
|Public transit access||Bus 37[permanent dead link]|
It was established in 1872 and incorporated in the University of Tromsø in 1976. As of 2012, the museum comprises two scientific sections: natural sciences and cultural sciences. Each section has large collections documenting more than 100 years of exploration of the region and other northern areas. The permanent exhibitions at the museum include geology and zoology as well as two Sámi exhibitions.
The University Museum has four departments that are open to the public: Tromsø Museum on the south of the island, Polar Museum (Polarmuseet) in Tromsø city center, M/S Polstjerna at the south of town and the Arctic-Alpine Botanical Garden (Tromsø arktisk-alpine botaniske) at Breivika.
The museum publish the popular science magazine Ottar (Norwegian only) and an English language publication called Way North.