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Address: Frederiks Gate 2 | The Museum of Cultural History, Oslo 0164, Norway
Phone Number: +47 22 85 99 10
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Tue - Sun 10:00 am - 5:00 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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Nice Museum

This is a nice small museum near the National Theater. The Viking Room had the most exhibits which was okay for me because that was what I wanted to see. There are laminated... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed August 5, 2015
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Silverton, Oregon

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 25, 2015 NEW

We enjoyed some of the newer exhibits and give kudos to the curator. I particulary liked the tunic that was on display which was found in a melting ice burg. They did a nice job of giving you background info and displaying items in an interesting way. Included with the Oslo Pass.

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3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 16, 2015

The management of this museum need to rethink what they want to tell the audience. It is a bit messy with "everything and nothing" and there is no clear guidelines. We nearly missed the main exhibition as the door to it was closed and it was just a small sign on it. We realised that we were allowed to open... More 

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3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 12, 2015

The museum displays are kind of shelter skelter as far as the flow goes. Spread over 4 floors in an old art deco design building, the displays seems to me in a temporary layout. Hardly any English translations or notations on what you're looking at. Mostly displays of attire, clothing and costumes of indigenous peoples (Sammis, Eskimos, American Indians, South... More 

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3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 7, 2015

It's a small museum in a big old building, probably struggling to fill the available space. If you are not interested in Viking history, you can give this museum a complete miss. They do have a moderately sized collection of Viking relics - toys, ornaments, jewellry, weapons. Nothing big, like a ship or even rowboat. Look out for a complete... More 

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Silverton, Oregon
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 5, 2015

This is a nice small museum near the National Theater. The Viking Room had the most exhibits which was okay for me because that was what I wanted to see. There are laminated information sheets hanging beside each glass case with explanations in several languages, including English. If you have an hour to spare it may be worthwhile to stop... More 

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Edinburgh, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 26, 2015

Highlight for me the medieval wooden church remains, especially the painted ceiling from a stave church. Husband and son enjoyed the Viking artefacts and gallery on arctic peoples

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Kent
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 11, 2015 via mobile

The highlight for us was the amazing display of Viking gold which was well displayed with informative notes in English. Exhibits displaying the history of Norwegan culture were also well thought out and presented. The staff were very helpful as wheelchair access to the upper floors was limited. Only a short walk from the city centre and well worth it.... More 

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Chester, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 24, 2015

First things first, this is not the largest or best historical museum in the world. It's relatively small, spread over a handful of floors. Plenty of interesting cultural and historical artefacts from places like the Americas, Asia and of course Norway. On the "first", or ground, floor there is a room to the left of the entrance in which there... More 

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Wallasey
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 5, 2015

Virtually empty museum with its best artefacts tucked away in a back room! Keep searching until you find the Viking rooms. Well worth a visit.

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 1, 2015

In the Center of Oslo. Close to Carl Johan - Oslo's Mainstreet, Nasjonalgalleriet, Nasjonaltheateret, The Roal Castle etc etc. the museum offers an interesting exhibition of Norwegian History.

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