This was the room in which Amundsen could work. Several expeditions were planned here, letters were written and telephone calls answered. He even had an exercise spring installed in the floor so that he could continue his strength training.
The study contains objects from several different expeditions: the stuffed penguin from the Belgica expedition, the portrait of Fridtjof Nansen that hung in the salon on board Gjøa, and, not least, “Marie” – the stuffed polar bear cub from the Maud expedition.
There are also insights into other details of Amundsen’s life: the desk calendar from 1928 contains the last notes he left before he disappeared, a drawer in the desk contains several keys to locks we have yet to identify, and the pictures on the walls reveal who he would surround himself with. It is said that Amundsen preferred to work outside on the glass veranda with a view over Bunnefjord.
Amundsen behind his desk. Photo: Anders Beer Wilse, National Library of Norway.
Many of the items Amundsen had on his desk in 1909 are still there. But he also changed a lot, including the map of the Arctic that hung over his desk, which was taken down in favour of portraits of his parents. Photo: Anders Beer Wilse / National Library of Norway.
The wallpaper is still the same as in 1909 when this photo was taken, but several of the pictures on the walls were replaced by Amundsen during the time he lived here. He did the same with the desk. Photo: Anders Beer Wilse / National Library of Norway.
The portraits of Amundsen’s parents and the desk that stands there today were at least in place in 1925. Source: Middagsavisen 4.7.1925 / National Library of Norway.
The study as it looked when Uranienborg opened as a museum in 1934. Photo: Henriksen & Steen / National Library of Norway.