Project 39

Polar Night: Life and Light in the Dead of Night

Geir Johnsen, Norwegian University of Science and Technology

In the Polar Night exhibition visitors were encouraged to step into the dark with a penlight and experience the wonder of polar night. The exhibition broke open the myth that polar night, the period of continued winter darkness near the Earth’s poles, is a time of inactivity within the Arctic ecosystem. Visitors learned how the darkness of high Arctic winter is full of life thanks to recent scientific studies in the Norwegian archipelago of Svalbard that reveal a thriving undersea ecosystem.

This exhibition was organized in conjunction with the Tromsø University Museum.

King of Norway Visits Anchorage and Opens "Polar Nights" Exhibition

His Majesty King Harald V of Norway visited the Anchorage Museum and opened the exhibition Polar Night: Life and Light In the Dead of Night on Wednesday, May 27.

The King’s visit to Alaska focused on Arctic issues and industry and included meetings with the Norwegian American community.

“The Anchorage Museum is pleased to host King Harald of Norway and to have him open the exhibition Polar Night, an example of many exchanges between Alaska and Norway,” said Julie Decker, director and CEO of the Anchorage Museum. “The Arctic countries share histories, cultures and many common interests about the future. Norway is our Northern neighbor and we embrace the connections.”