The living room is full of different stories from Amundsen’s life. From the ceiling hangs a model aircraft received from the Dornier Wal factory before the expedition in 1925. By the stove is a rock Amundsen picked up from Mount Betty, Antarctica, and on the walls hang paintings and pictures from his expeditions and private life.
The armchairs and sofa come from Amundsen’s childhood home, as do the large clock and piano. It is not known which of the sheet music on the piano Amundsen preferred, but some sources claim that he liked to play when he was at home. The piano was on board the polar ship Fram during the expedition to Antarctica in 1910.
Several changes have been made to this room over the years; both the wallpaper and the stove have been replaced since Amundsen moved in in 1908.
Roald Amundsen in the armchair in 1909. Both the wallpaper and the stove have since been replaced. Photo: Anders Beer Wilse, National Library of Norway.
Amundsen in front of the stove in 1909. Photo: Anders Beer Wilse, National Library of Norway.
Amundsen poses in the living room for photographer Wilse in 1909. Photo: Anders Beer Wilse, National Library of Norway.
In 1925, a smaller stove was in place and the chairs had temporary loose covers. Photo: Middagsavisen 4.7.1925.
This is how the living room looked in 1934 when it opened to visitors. The picture on the wall to the left is now in the blue room. The loose covers for the chairs were still there in 1934, but are no longer used today. Photo: Henriksen & Steen, National Library of Norway.
In 1934, there was a flag draped over the clock below the mirror, probably one of the flags Amundsen carried on all his expeditions. Today there is only one such flag left in the house and it hangs in the study. Photo: Henriksen & Steen, National Library of Norway.
This is how the living room looked in 1935 when Uranienborg officially opened as a museum. Photo: Norsk Folkemuseum
The tall stove in the living room today was installed sometime before 1935. Photo: Norsk Folkemuseum