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Oslo Historical Museum

Address: Frederiks Gate 2, Oslo 0164, Norway
Phone Number: 47 2285 9910
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Ranked #46 of 170 Attractions in Oslo
Type: History Museums, Museums
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Recommended length of visit: 2-3 hours
Owner description: 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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New York City, New York
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72 reviews 72 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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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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Brussels, Belgium
18 reviews 18 reviews
12 attraction reviews
15 helpful votes 15 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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43 helpful votes 43 helpful votes
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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37 attraction reviews
30 helpful votes 30 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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Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 15, 2014

While the history of the young town of Oslo is presented there is a lot here that will be missed if you don't have a knowledgeable local to help explain everything. The English is a bit limited. The museum includes, maps, charters, stories of famous residents and significant events in the hisotry of Oslo. There are rooms with furnishings that... More

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2 of 5 stars Reviewed June 26, 2014

The Museum has nice pieces but explanations or historical contexts in English are non-existant. It is really a pity that the Norwegian government has not given more attention to this Museum as it needs new museography. Great disappointment!

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2 of 5 stars Reviewed May 30, 2014

Was an ok museum, but I expected more. Not everything was explained in english, and I left wishing I had spent my short time in Oslo visiting something else.If you are in Oslo and having to choose between what attractions you want to visit, I personally would skip this museum unless there is something very specific that you want to... More

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