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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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skyrim come to life!

Some lovely, well displayed rooms, cabinets with super 3d embroidered figures cartoony enough for kids, abut well enough portrayed for grown-ups. The inside of a stave church was... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed March 22, 2015
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 22, 2015 NEW

Some lovely, well displayed rooms, cabinets with super 3d embroidered figures cartoony enough for kids, abut well enough portrayed for grown-ups. The inside of a stave church was just stunning, and good counterpoint if you have seen outside of one at folk museum. Staff could not have been more enthusiastic about explaining stuff

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3 of 5 stars Reviewed March 7, 2015

The historical museum will set you back 80NOK for entrance, less if you are a child, student or over 60. It enables you to have free entrance to the Viking Ship Museum on the road to Bygdoy. The early Christian hall is impressive and most of the explanations are good and in English. The Viking display was, to my mind,... More 

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Belgrade, Serbia
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 26, 2015

My visit to this museum was great, is not so big as the Anthropology museum in Mexico city, some exhibitions has English translations some not. Still good to see and explore the Norwegian history, has a great exposition about the medieval churches in Norway and ornaments from 12th century. Only one floor to see.

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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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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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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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Pamplona, Spain
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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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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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