In 1995, it was decided that the Norwegian Polar Institute should be moved from Oslo to Tromsø. The center is today known as FRAM - the High North Center for Climate and Environmental Research. Polaria was established to disseminate the research being done at the new Fram Center , and opened to the public in May 1998.
The building was designed by the JAF architect's office, and will depict ice floes being pushed ashore in Arctic regions.
Our purpose is to increase people's awareness of climate and the environment. We want private individuals, companies, and not least politicians to get an insight into the research that takes place in the High North. Furthermore, we want to promote that our actions have an impact on the climate and environment, but also that together we can make the right choices, and ensure a better future for those who come after us.
In addition to our exhibitions, we have a small aquarium with fish and animal species from the Arctic. Here you will find, among other things, catfish, king crab and lesser spotted dogfish. The aquarium is also home to four seals; two bearded seals and two harbour seals!