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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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10:00 am - 5:00 pm
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Tue - Sun 10:00 am - 5:00 pm
Recommended length of visit: 2-3 hours

The Historical Museum is part of the Museum of Cultural History, which...

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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Bursting with history

This was a nice place to visit for more information on Norway, it had lots of pieces from history focusing mostly on the Vikings, is also is free to access if you've visited the... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed October 26, 2015

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Saint Charles, Missouri
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

This is a relatively small museum. It had very good displays of Norwegian history between the Vikings and the 19th century, and an interesting display on Arctic people. It had a nice display on some Viking relics. That was about all, however.

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Sydney, Australia
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25 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 13 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

My Norwegian friend told me she thought it was very odd how much they charged for entrance into museums in Oslo....and I had to agree. Permanent collections really should be free. Some wonderful things in this museum, rather oddly laid out. I loved the Viking stuff and the early Christian stuff and the Amundsen exhibit (also permanent) was very interesting.... More 

Thank Berlincrow
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 26, 2015

This was a nice place to visit for more information on Norway, it had lots of pieces from history focusing mostly on the Vikings, is also is free to access if you've visited the Viking ship museum

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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 61 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed October 12, 2015

This is a small museum in Oslo. We went for two reasons - to look at the Viking display, especially the swords and the helmet (from what I understand the most intact Viking helmet in existence). The admission was included with our Viking Ship Museum admission (80 krone). There are a number of small displays like Medieval Norway, Egyptian, North... More 

Thank Tony R
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 5, 2015

Really great displays and stories about the history of Norway as well as other parts of the world. It was really great learning more about the country I'm visiting. I found the viking display and Arctic display most interesting and loved the fact they had real mummies on display! There however were alot of rooms under construction and an unclear... More 

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West Grove, Pennsylvania
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed September 29, 2015

I just got back from this museum. It is near the National Theater; I used tram route 13. I am glad I went and saw the Viking artifacts, but apparently I didn't see most of the museum, from other reviews I just read! There was a sign indicating (I think) that it was under renovation and would have a complete... More 

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Rockville, Maryland
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 15, 2015

A four story small museum that has a variety of artifacts both Norwegian and others. Egyptian Mummies, Eskimos, South American, etc. It will take a couple of hours to go through it and you will be satisfied. Near most activities and sites in city center.

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Chicago, IL
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 10, 2015

As others have noted, the flow of this museum is not easy to ascertain. I looked into one room and saw some odd stairs that went up, then down into an area that looked like a small lecture hall. I noticed wall cases, so on a whim, I walked down. Had I not, I would have missed the Lendbreen Tunic,... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 10, 2015

We got in for free with our Viking Ship museum tickets. There are quite a bit of Vikings artifacts on display in the museum. Very interesting as you get to see worldwide collections such as those from American continents, Asians and Arctic & Antarctica.

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Chicago, Illinois
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 25, 2015

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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