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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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Small but very interesting

While this museum isn't as wowing as the many unique and extraordinary museums in Oslo, this place offers up some interesting facts and artifacts. I love their display of... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed March 28, 2015
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Waterloo, New York
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Athens, Greece
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 5, 2015

We like to learn about other people cultures and customs so for us to visit the Historical Museum was a must. If you are of the same habit you can find there not only artifacts from the ice age, jewllery, weapons costumes of Norway and the Sami culture but also displays from Egypt, East Asia, America and Africa. It is... More 

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Waterloo, New York
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 28, 2015

While this museum isn't as wowing as the many unique and extraordinary museums in Oslo, this place offers up some interesting facts and artifacts. I love their display of historical church door frames, 800 years old, beautifully carved, and huge. Lots of good things to see and still time to visit another museum.

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Uttoxeter, England
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 28, 2015

Please do not let other reviews, which make mention of the fact that information is not displayed comprehensively in English, deter you from visiting this fabulous museum. This museum is a must see for all who have an interest in history, and the vikings in particular. Whilst some exhibits have more information in English than others please be assured that... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 22, 2015

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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Altrincham, United Kingdom
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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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