The old aquarium

Polar bears on the run

The building you are facing is home to the botanical research section at Tromsø University Museum. They also take care of the botanical collections with more than 300,000 specimens, mainly from Norway and the Arctic.

Originally built as an aquarium, it also had a small zoo with animals from the high north by its side. Unfortunately the two polar bears tried to escape one day in 1954. They managed to swim to the other side of the sound, but were hunted down at last. Watch the short movie about the two polar bears “Pelle and Binna”.

 

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