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Address: Frederiks gate 2 | The Museum of Cultural History, Oslo 0164, Norway
Phone Number:
+47 22 85 99 10
11:00 - 16:00
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Tue - Sun 11:00 - 16:00
Recommended length of visit: 2-3 hours

The Historical Museum is part of the Museum of Cultural History, and has...

The Historical Museum is part of the Museum of Cultural History, and has the country's largest collection of items from pre-historic times and the Middle Ages. The displays include the weapons and gold of the Vikings, the only preserved Viking helmet and the early church art from the stave churches of the Middle Ages. The Coin Cabinet displays the gold treasure that was evacuated during Nazi occupation in 1940. The Ethnographic Museum exhibits Egyptian mummies and Medtiterranean Antiquities, as well as items from non-Western cultures; Arctic expeditions, native American cultures and East Asian cultures. Closed:1 May, 17 May, 24-26 December, 31 December, 1 January. Norwegian name: Historisk Museum

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Don't miss the stave church ceiling!

Don't be put off by the weirdly curt reception desk person that interrogates you and sends you to the gift shop to buy a ticket, this is worth it. From the owl festooned facade... read more

4 of 5 bubblesReviewed 29 September 2016
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 23 January 2017 via mobile

Odd kind of museum with very little information at the entrance about layout etc. We wanted to see exhibits specific to Norway and went into area that had items related to religion. Most interesting were the doorways to stave churches with amazing tree of life carvings. However there was virtually no explanatory text. Thankfully my wife is well versed in... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 22 January 2017

This is where you find the things that belonged to the real vikings and where you can have a look at how they did lived. Items of farming life and early Christianity (yes, Jesus and all the disciples were all blonde in old Norwegian churches, just like they incidentally are in the Oslo Cathedral today). A good number of gold... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 7 December 2016 via mobile

I love this museum. I was here with a group of kids age 4-6. And wee did really enjoy our time at this museum. And the kids love it. I'll return for this museum without kids soon. So if you're in oslo you should try it out.

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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 15 November 2016 via mobile

I expected a little bit more about the history of Norway and Oslo. There are some interesting things from all over the world, but not telling you much about Norway and the development of Oslo, what I can expected a little bit.

Thank Benedikt K
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 9 November 2016

The ticket for the Viking Ship Museum is also valid for this museum. Although not as trendy as the other museums in Oslo, it is very interesting for anyone who likes history. It is possible to appreciate a little of the viking history, its jewels, its beautiful works in wood. Besides the Vikings, the museum also has some pieces from... More 

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 29 September 2016

Don't be put off by the weirdly curt reception desk person that interrogates you and sends you to the gift shop to buy a ticket, this is worth it. From the owl festooned facade to the viking artifacts, to the Lapland exhibit, this museum has a little of everything. Oddly, there are guards everywhere. The lower level is like a... More 

Thank Holly B
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2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 20 September 2016 via mobile

I was expecting a lot about Norwegian history...but there was just a small section for the medieval and viking era.

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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 16 September 2016

Had this museum not been part of the Oslo Pass attraction range, I would have been disappointed if I paid full price to enter. There is very little of memorable note, with very few English translations. The story of the hiding of the Norwegian Treasury's gold at the time of the Nazi occupation is interesting. American, Polar and Egyptian exhibitions... More 

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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 12 September 2016

I was very impressed with the collection of Viking and early church artifacts in this collection and would highly recommend it for others interested in such things. There are icons from the Heddal Stave Church here, as well as a entire painted ceiling panels and a phenomenal golden madonna & child. However, the overall museum is poorly curated and the... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 7 September 2016 via mobile

After my time in Norway, it is clear that this country has a very rich history, particularly in maritime. This museum has many beautiful and fascinating artefacts from the medieval period, including part of a church. It was like being on the game of thrones set! There is also plenty about the Vikings, as well as the Inuits and other... More 

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