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The Norwegian Glacier Museum offers entertainment and education for the whole family. The Norwegian Glacier Museum is a official visitor centre of the Jostedalsbreen National Park.



This is an overview of the exhibition in the Norwegian Glacier Museum & Ulltveit-Moe climate centre. The map shows where you find the different exhibits.


This is an overview of the exhibition in the Norwegian Glacier Museum & Ulltveit-Moe climate centre. The main exhibition was renovated and upgraded with a new and fresh design, during winter 2016.

1. Sculpture by Bård Breivik, with real glacier ice from the Jostedalsbreen.

2. Making a glacier film. Shows how Ivo Caprino made the film. The film is shown twice an hour, and lasts 18 minutes.

3. Our fragile climate - experience past and future climates. An unusual exhibition about natural and man-made changes in climate. See also Ulltveit-Moe Climate Center.

4. What is a glacier? Last year’s snow makes a glacier...

5. What is calving? Glaciers "calve" when parts of the front break off into water. NEW in 2017!

6. Mammoth. The largest mammal that ever lived in Norway. This mammoth tusk from Siberia is 30 000 years old.

7. The weather. What kind of weather allows glaciers to exist?

8. Why is the ice blue? A piece of glacier ice looks white, but at the glacier the ice is blue.

9. Energy from the glacier. Meltwater from the glacier is used in hydroelectric power production. Some of the power plants are built under the glacier.

10. How much energy can you make? Try to make energy by cycling.

11. Glacier hiking. Equipment, photos and description of six various hikes on the Jostedal glacier.

12. The glacier tongue. Experience the underside of a glacier in a safe way by entering an artificial melt water chanel. Hear the noise of the moving ice and the meltwater and feel the cold wind.

13. How the fjords where formed. During the last 2-3 million years the glacier carved out the fjords. How does this work? Are the fjords deeper than Grand Canyon in the USA?

14. The glacier river makes new land. Due to the glacier river Fjærland is increasing its area every year. How?

15. Why is the fjord green? (experiment) In summer, the water in the fjord is not clear but looks greyish green.

16. Climate and climate changes. What is climate and ice ages, what is changing climate, what is the greenhouse effect?

17. The glaciers – our best climate record. Scientists obtain ice cores of several kilometre length from the ice shields in Greenland and Antarctica. These ice cores contain information on past climate.

18. Ice experiment. Watch ice melting under pressure, and refreezing. Experiment with coloured water running through the ice.

19. Ice experiment. Grind like a glacier. Erode the bedrock like a glacier does and participate in forming a valley.

20. Jostedalsbreen National Park was established in 1991. The Glacier Museum is situated at one of the entrances to the park. See how the landscape looks like under the ice cap.

21. Use of the glacier and Tunsbergdalsbreen glacier 1959. Glacier culture and history. How was an expedition in the 1950s?

22. Experiments. Make your own 'soft' ice, try the ice screw in real glacier ice and learn why crevasses occure on the glacier.

23. Ötzi – the man in the ice. The exhibition tells the story about the 5300 year old iceman Ötzi who was found in a glacier in the European Alps in 1991. Also read about finds in some of the Norwegian glaciers.

24. What is special about glacial rivers? Learn about the differences between glacial rivers and other rivers. See and listen to real time data from weather stations on the glacier (1000 m asl.) and by the glacier river.


From the climate exhibition 'Our fragile climate'.

From the climate exhibition 'Our fragile climate'.

Experiment with real glacier ice.

Experiment with real glacier ice.

Ötzi - the ice man.

Ötzi - the ice man.

The overall expression of the museum's main exhibition design as it is today, was made in 1995. In 2016 we made a refurbish and upgrade of the whole exhibition. Since 2012 we have upgraded the museum considerably by including more screen-based information. One of our biggest changes is the translation of the whole exhibition to cover  13 languages. Originally we covered Norwegian, English and German. In 2013 and 2014 we installed the outdoors exhibition "The Educational Playground", where we have our mammoth family sculptures. Our last addition to the exhibition is a big video screen which was ready for our 25 years anniversary in 2016, now showing the largest calving event ever caught on tape.

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