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Oslo Historical Museum

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Address: Frederiks Gate 2, Oslo 0164, Norway
Phone Number: 47 2285 9910
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11:00 am - 4:00 pm
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Tue - Sun 11:00 am - 4:00 pm
Recommended length of visit: 2-3 hours
Description: The Historical Museum is part of the Museum of Cultural History, which has...
The Historical Museum is part of the Museum of Cultural History, which has the country's largest collection of items from pre-historic times and the Middle Ages found in Norway. The Antiquities Collection shows Norwegian antiquities from the Stone Age to the Middle Ages including outstanding Viking Age and Medieval collections. Guided tours during summer season. The Collection of Coins and Medals displays Norwegian coins and banknotes. The Ethnographic Museum exhibits Egyptian mummies and Antique art, as well as items from non-Western cultures, Arctic expeditions, African cultures, 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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I always loved vikings as a kid, so to experience seeing real life relics of the vikings was a great experience. Even though the museum wasn't too big, I found myself lost in... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed February 2, 2015
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Melbourne, Australia
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Melbourne, Australia
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16 reviews 16 reviews
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14 helpful votes 14 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 2, 2015

I always loved vikings as a kid, so to experience seeing real life relics of the vikings was a great experience. Even though the museum wasn't too big, I found myself lost in the history. Getting to the museum was quite easy by bus.

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Carlos Barbosa, RS
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed January 8, 2015

Good to know who likes museums... I am not fan of museums, the place is beautiful but i did not see anything special.

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Manchester, United Kingdom
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38 reviews 38 reviews
11 attraction reviews
20 helpful votes 20 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 3, 2014

I visited here after visiting the Viking Ships museums on the island - that ticket allowed entry to this museum too. It was a good summary of the history of Norway and the Native people in light of World History. The costumes were wonderful to look at. There's an Egyptian mummy on the second floor which was amazing to see!... More 

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New York City, New York
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71 reviews 71 reviews
57 attraction reviews
37 helpful votes 37 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 19, 2014

This is a nice and centrally located museum, close to the National Gallery. The ticket includes admission to the Viking Ship museum (which is in a different and distant part of town).

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Oslo, Norway
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97 attraction reviews
241 helpful votes 241 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed November 8, 2014

There is a fee to enter this museum, but if you've already visited the Viking Ship Museum in Bygdoy, you'll get a free entry pass to this museum as well as some others (at least in autumn 2014). The main reason we went here were to witness the only preserved viking helmet in the world. I had never really thought... More 

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Pamplona, Spain
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19 helpful votes 19 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed November 4, 2014

The first stage of the museum is about Norwegian history. It's pretty interesting and tracks from the ice age to Christianity. There are a few note cards with some English that explains what's in the cases, but that's all for the English. Then the rest of the museum is divided into continents and is all in Norwegian. But it's stuff... More 

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Amsterdam, The Netherlands
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 8, 2014

Spent a few hours here and was not disappointed by the many amazing cultural relics on display. A little bit of everything (and some random juxtaposed objects) make for a very enjoyable time. Only pity there is no cafe on site as we would have loved a coffee or some refreshment in between or after.

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Corpus Christi, Texas
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 31, 2014

We were clued into this museum by a friend who had visited. We went to the museum specifically to see an exhibit on the resistance in WWII. We were surprised to find that the exhibit was more of a Norway's propaganda role in WWII for the Nazis but found the exhibit quite intriguing. Unfortunately none of the signage was in... More 

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Moscow, Russia
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71 reviews 71 reviews
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40 helpful votes 40 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 17, 2014

An old formula : to conserve, to preserve, to teach in a passive way. A good class for Oslo's children. A big collection of bitty and odd pieces. Needs a new approach, interactive forms, some new energy, some humour ?

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 28, 2014

We really didn't know what to expect, but were quite delighted by this museum. The indoor part was full of clothes, furniture and information about the customs of the past. I don't remember the year that napkins were introduced into dining parties, but before then the tablecloths were used to wipe hands or blow noses. They were changed after each... More 

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