Key from Rouen, France

Objectnumber: RA 0070

Length: Key: 19.5 cm

Width: Key: 5.0 cm

Length: Ribbon: 41.0 cm

Width: Ribbon: 3.0 cm

Materials: bronze, silk fabric

Amundsen received this key during his visit to Rouen, France 1912.

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1872
Roald Amundsen born July 16
1880
Starts at Otto Andersen’s School
1886
Jens Engebreth Amundsen dies
1887 – 1889
Polar interest aroused
1890
Starting university
1893
Gustava Amundsen (née. Sahlqvist) dies
1893
Mountain ski tour with Urdahl and Holst
1894
Hunting in Arctic waters with the Magdalena
1895
Ship’s Officer’s exam
1896
Hardangervidda with Leon
1897 – 1899
Belgica expedition
1899
Cycling from Christiania to Paris
1900
Studying geomagnetism in Hamburg
1903 – 1906
Gjøa expedition
1907
Polar bears as draft animals
1908
Amundsen buys Uranienborg
1909
The North Pole reached?
1910 – 1912
Fram expedition
1912
Key, Rouen
1914
Amundsen becomes a pilot
1916 – 1917
The polar ship Maud is being built
1918
Maud expedition
1922
Nita and Camilla move in
1923
Uranienborg for sale
1924
Amundsen goes bankrupt
1925
To 88 degrees north
1926
Norge expedition
1927
Lecture tour in Japan
1928
Latham flight
1934 – 1935
Uranienborg becomes a museum
1938
Betty’s house burns down
2015
A chest full of photographs is discovered
2020
Roald Amundsen’s home goes digital

Photo, overwintering in Framheim 1911

Objectnumber: RA 0351

Length: 22.5 cm

Width: 16.0 cm

Materials: glass, wood, paper

Group photo of the overwintering in Framheim 1911.

Jørgen Stubberud wrote a comment on the photo in Norwegian:

“Dete bilede blev tat under overvintringen i Framheim, 1911. Fra høire øverst ved bord Roald Amundsen, Jørgen Stubberud, Kristian Prestrud, Hjalmar Johansen. Øverst fra venstre Helmer Hansen, Oscar Wisting, Sverre Hassel, Olav Bjåland. Adolf Lindstrøm blev ikke med på bilede. Vi var i allt 9 mand i landparti som oppholt oss her et aar. Oslo 23-4-1945 Jørgen Stubberud.”

Translation: “The photograph was taken during the overwintering in Framheim, 1911. From the top right at the table Roald Amundsen, Jørgen Stubberud, Kristian Prestrud, Hjalmar Johansen. Top left Helmer Hansen, Oscar Wisting, Sverre Hassel, Olav Bjåland. Adolf Lindstrøm is not in the picture. We were a total of 9 men in the land party that stayed here one year. Oslo 23-4-1945 (April 4th 1945) Jørgen Stubberud .”

Click to read more about Framheim

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1872
Roald Amundsen born July 16
1880
Starts at Otto Andersen’s School
1886
Jens Engebreth Amundsen dies
1887 – 1889
Polar interest aroused
1890
Starting university
1893
Gustava Amundsen (née. Sahlqvist) dies
1893
Mountain ski tour with Urdahl and Holst
1894
Hunting in Arctic waters with the Magdalena
1895
Ship’s Officer’s exam
1896
Hardangervidda with Leon
1897 – 1899
Belgica expedition
1899
Cycling from Christiania to Paris
1900
Studying geomagnetism in Hamburg
1903 – 1906
Gjøa expedition
1907
Polar bears as draft animals
1908
Amundsen buys Uranienborg
1909
The North Pole reached?
1910 – 1912
Fram expedition
1911
Photo, overwintering in Framheim 1911
1914
Amundsen becomes a pilot
1916 – 1917
The polar ship Maud is being built
1918
Maud expedition
1922
Nita and Camilla move in
1923
Uranienborg for sale
1924
Amundsen goes bankrupt
1925
To 88 degrees north
1926
Norge expedition
1927
Lecture tour in Japan
1928
Latham flight
1934 – 1935
Uranienborg becomes a museum
1938
Betty’s house burns down
2015
A chest full of photographs is discovered
2020
Roald Amundsen’s home goes digital

Medal with portrait photo

Objectnumber: RA 0294

Materials: metal, fabric

Text: Nordvestpassasjens seierherre 8. November 1907 (The conqueror of the Northwest Passage November 8, 1907)

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1872
Roald Amundsen born July 16
1880
Starts at Otto Andersen’s School
1886
Jens Engebreth Amundsen dies
1887 – 1889
Polar interest aroused
1890
Starting university
1893
Gustava Amundsen (née. Sahlqvist) dies
1893
Mountain ski tour with Urdahl and Holst
1894
Hunting in Arctic waters with the Magdalena
1895
Ship’s Officer’s exam
1896
Hardangervidda with Leon
1897 – 1899
Belgica expedition
1899
Cycling from Christiania to Paris
1900
Studying geomagnetism in Hamburg
1903 – 1906
Gjøa expedition
1907
Polar bears as draft animals
1907
Medal with portrait photo
1908
Amundsen buys Uranienborg
1909
The North Pole reached?
1910 – 1912
Fram expedition
1914
Amundsen becomes a pilot
1916 – 1917
The polar ship Maud is being built
1918
Maud expedition
1922
Nita and Camilla move in
1923
Uranienborg for sale
1924
Amundsen goes bankrupt
1925
To 88 degrees north
1926
Norge expedition
1927
Lecture tour in Japan
1928
Latham flight
1934 – 1935
Uranienborg becomes a museum
1938
Betty’s house burns down
2015
A chest full of photographs is discovered
2020
Roald Amundsen’s home goes digital

Photo, Professor Neumayer

Objectnumber: RA 0194

Width photograph: 16.4 cm

Height photograph:  10.7 cm

Width frame: 17.0 cm

Height frame: 11.0 cm

Depth frame: 3.0 cm
Materials: glass, paper, metal

Amundsen studied earth magnetism under Professor Georg von Neumayer at the Deutsche Seewarte in Hamburg, September 1900.

The picture was a gift from Dr. Neumayer and is signed with:

“Herrn Roald Amundsen zur freundlichen Errinnerung an seinen Aufenthalt an der Seewarte (1 October – 16 November 1900) von Dr. Neumaier. Nöge es Herrn Amundsen beschieden sein, den Flan sur Bestinmung der Lage des magnetischen Nordpoles Der Erde mit einem glänsenden Erfolge durch su führen. Dr. Neumaier. Hamburg, den 16 November 1900“.

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1872
Roald Amundsen born July 16
1880
Starts at Otto Andersen’s School
1886
Jens Engebreth Amundsen dies
1887 – 1889
Polar interest aroused
1890
Starting university
1893
Gustava Amundsen (née. Sahlqvist) dies
1893
Mountain ski tour with Urdahl and Holst
1894
Hunting in Arctic waters with the Magdalena
1895
Ship’s Officer’s exam
1896
Hardangervidda with Leon
1897 – 1899
Belgica expedition
1899
Cycling from Christiania to Paris
1900
Studying geomagnetism in Hamburg
1900
Photo, Professor Neumayer
1903 – 1906
Gjøa expedition
1907
Polar bears as draft animals
1908
Amundsen buys Uranienborg
1909
The North Pole reached?
1910 – 1912
Fram expedition
1914
Amundsen becomes a pilot
1916 – 1917
The polar ship Maud is being built
1918
Maud expedition
1922
Nita and Camilla move in
1923
Uranienborg for sale
1924
Amundsen goes bankrupt
1925
To 88 degrees north
1926
Norge expedition
1927
Lecture tour in Japan
1928
Latham flight
1934 – 1935
Uranienborg becomes a museum
1938
Betty’s house burns down
2015
A chest full of photographs is discovered
2020
Roald Amundsen’s home goes digital

Photo, Lincoln Ellsworth testing snowshoes

Objectnumber: RA 0334

Width photograph: 29.8 cm

Height photograph:  39.5 cm

Width frame: 34.0 cm

Height frame: 43.5 cm

Depth frame: 2.0 cm
Materials: glass, wood, paper

Lincoln Ellsworth testing the snowshoes before departure with the airship “Norge” in Ny-Ålesund in 1926. The picture still hangs in a study at Uranienborg.

Click to read more about Lincoln Ellsworth

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Click on the logo to explore the photograph.
1872
Roald Amundsen born July 16
1880
Starts at Otto Andersen’s School
1886
Jens Engebreth Amundsen dies
1887 – 1889
Polar interest aroused
1890
Starting university
1893
Gustava Amundsen (née. Sahlqvist) dies
1893
Mountain ski tour with Urdahl and Holst
1894
Hunting in Arctic waters with the Magdalena
1895
Ship’s Officer’s exam
1896
Hardangervidda with Leon
1897 – 1899
Belgica expedition
1899
Cycling from Christiania to Paris
1900
Studying geomagnetism in Hamburg
1903 – 1906
Gjøa expedition
1907
Polar bears as draft animals
1908
Amundsen buys Uranienborg
1909
The North Pole reached?
1910 – 1912
Fram expedition
1914
Amundsen becomes a pilot
1916 – 1917
The polar ship Maud is being built
1918
Maud expedition
1922
Nita and Camilla move in
1923
Uranienborg for sale
1924
Amundsen goes bankrupt
1925
To 88 degrees north
1926
Norge expedition
1926
Photo, Lincoln Ellsworth testing snowshoes
1927
Lecture tour in Japan
1928
Latham flight
1934 – 1935
Uranienborg becomes a museum
1938
Betty’s house burns down
2015
A chest full of photographs is discovered
2020
Roald Amundsen’s home goes digital

Drawing, Amundsen and Hjalmar Riiser-Larsen

Objectnumber: RA 0303

Width: 32.2 cm

Height: 39.1 cm

Material: paper

Drawing of Amundsen and Hjalmar Riiser- Larsen by one of the Dornier Wal flying boats in 1925. 
The drawing used to hang in the study at Uranienborg.

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Click on the logo to explore the photograph.
1872
Roald Amundsen born July 16
1880
Starts at Otto Andersen’s School
1886
Jens Engebreth Amundsen dies
1887 – 1889
Polar interest aroused
1890
Starting university
1893
Gustava Amundsen (née. Sahlqvist) dies
1893
Mountain ski tour with Urdahl and Holst
1894
Hunting in Arctic waters with the Magdalena
1895
Ship’s Officer’s exam
1896
Hardangervidda with Leon
1897 – 1899
Belgica expedition
1899
Cycling from Christiania to Paris
1900
Studying geomagnetism in Hamburg
1903 – 1906
Gjøa expedition
1907
Polar bears as draft animals
1908
Amundsen buys Uranienborg
1909
The North Pole reached?
1910 – 1912
Fram expedition
1914
Amundsen becomes a pilot
1916 – 1917
The polar ship Maud is being built
1918
Maud expedition
1922
Nita and Camilla move in
1923
Uranienborg for sale
1924
Amundsen goes bankrupt
1925
To 88 degrees north
1925
Drawing, Amundsen and Hjalmar Riiser-Larsen
1926
Norge expedition
1927
Lecture tour in Japan
1928
Latham flight
1934 – 1935
Uranienborg becomes a museum
1938
Betty’s house burns down
2015
A chest full of photographs is discovered
2020
Roald Amundsen’s home goes digital

South Pole compass

Objectnumber: RA 0190

Lengde: Lokk: 14.5 cm

Bredde: Lokk: 11.8 cm

Materials: metal, wood

This compass is one of the four compasses that were used on the sleigh ride to the South Pole in 1911. One of the other compasses is today at the Polar Museum in Tromsø.

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1872
Roald Amundsen born July 16
1880
Starts at Otto Andersen’s School
1886
Jens Engebreth Amundsen dies
1887 – 1889
Polar interest aroused
1890
Starting university
1893
Gustava Amundsen (née. Sahlqvist) dies
1893
Mountain ski tour with Urdahl and Holst
1894
Hunting in Arctic waters with the Magdalena
1895
Ship’s Officer’s exam
1896
Hardangervidda with Leon
1897 – 1899
Belgica expedition
1899
Cycling from Christiania to Paris
1900
Studying geomagnetism in Hamburg
1903 – 1906
Gjøa expedition
1907
Polar bears as draft animals
1908
Amundsen buys Uranienborg
1909
The North Pole reached?
1910 – 1912
Fram expedition
1911
South Pole compass
1914
Amundsen becomes a pilot
1916 – 1917
The polar ship Maud is being built
1918
Maud expedition
1922
Nita and Camilla move in
1923
Uranienborg for sale
1924
Amundsen goes bankrupt
1925
To 88 degrees north
1926
Norge expedition
1927
Lecture tour in Japan
1928
Latham flight
1934 – 1935
Uranienborg becomes a museum
1938
Betty’s house burns down
2015
A chest full of photographs is discovered
2020
Roald Amundsen’s home goes digital

Poem to the crew of Maud

Objectnumber: RA 0663

Length: 17.0 cm

Width:  15.5 cm
Materials: glass, wood, bark, straw

Framed poem on birch bark, burnt at edges. In English, addressed: “To the Gallant Crew of the Good Ship Maude”.

The poem was given by the guests after an aquavit party and signed, “With compliments and best wishes from your guests on the occasion of your Aquavit Party”.

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1872
Roald Amundsen born July 16
1880
Starts at Otto Andersen’s School
1886
Jens Engebreth Amundsen dies
1887 – 1889
Polar interest aroused
1890
Starting university
1893
Gustava Amundsen (née. Sahlqvist) dies
1893
Mountain ski tour with Urdahl and Holst
1894
Hunting in Arctic waters with the Magdalena
1895
Ship’s Officer’s exam
1896
Hardangervidda with Leon
1897 – 1899
Belgica expedition
1899
Cycling from Christiania to Paris
1900
Studying geomagnetism in Hamburg
1903 – 1906
Gjøa expedition
1907
Polar bears as draft animals
1908
Amundsen buys Uranienborg
1909
The North Pole reached?
1910 – 1912
Fram expedition
1914
Amundsen becomes a pilot
1916 – 1917
The polar ship Maud is being built
1918
Maud expedition
1918 – 1925
Poem to the crew of Maud
1922
Nita and Camilla move in
1923
Uranienborg for sale
1924
Amundsen goes bankrupt
1925
To 88 degrees north
1926
Norge expedition
1927
Lecture tour in Japan
1928
Latham flight
1934 – 1935
Uranienborg becomes a museum
1938
Betty’s house burns down
2015
A chest full of photographs is discovered
2020
Roald Amundsen’s home goes digital

When the North Pole became the South Pole

In 1908, Roald Amundsen presented a plan to explore and drift across the Arctic Ocean. Three years later he reached the opposite end of the world.
“I have never known any man to be placed in such a diametrically opposite position to the goal of his desires as I was at that moment,” he wrote later.

Join the drama that led up to the expedition and learn why Amundsen’s plans were turned upside down.

Canary, Fridtjof

Roald Amundsen received Fridtjof as a gift before leaving with the Framexpedition in 1910. Apparently the canary began to sing as it came on board. It survived the voyage down to Antarctica, but died on the return journey, December 28, 1912. The chef on board, Adolf Henrik Lindstrøm, skinned it and send it to Norway, where it eventually got a permanent place on the piano at Amundsen’s home.

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1872
Roald Amundsen born July 16
1880
Starts at Otto Andersen’s School
1886
Jens Engebreth Amundsen dies
1887 – 1889
Polar interest aroused
1890
Starting university
1893
Gustava Amundsen (née. Sahlqvist) dies
1893
Mountain ski tour with Urdahl and Holst
1894
Hunting in Arctic waters with the Magdalena
1895
Ship’s Officer’s exam
1896
Hardangervidda with Leon
1897 – 1899
Belgica expedition
1899
Cycling from Christiania to Paris
1900
Studying geomagnetism in Hamburg
1903 – 1906
Gjøa expedition
1907
Polar bears as draft animals
1908
Amundsen buys Uranienborg
1909
The North Pole reached?
1910 – 1912
Fram expedition
1910 – 1912
Canary, Fridtjof
1914
Amundsen becomes a pilot
1916 – 1917
The polar ship Maud is being built
1918
Maud expedition
1922
Nita and Camilla move in
1923
Uranienborg for sale
1924
Amundsen goes bankrupt
1925
To 88 degrees north
1926
Norge expedition
1927
Lecture tour in Japan
1928
Latham flight
1934 – 1935
Uranienborg becomes a museum
1938
Betty’s house burns down
2015
A chest full of photographs is discovered
2020
Roald Amundsen’s home goes digital