Oscarsborg museum
Oscarsborg museum
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Oscarsborg museum offers exhibitions and guided tours all year around. It is located in the main Fortress at Oscarsborg, which played a key role during the nazist's invasion on April 9th 1940. Today Oscarsborg is a popular destination for families and others, due to the history, the beautiful scenery, art galleries, restaurants, concerts and the close location to the nice little city Drøbak.
Duration: 2-3 hours
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aspoe093
Pierre, SD693 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jun 2023 • Couples
What a great place!! Took the ferry and spent time walking around the island. After that, visited the fortress and the museum. The museum does a great job of having exhibits in Norwegian and English. Really enjoyed this piece of very important history in Norway. Watch the movie about it as well
Written August 2, 2023
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Tom H
Community of Madrid, Spain262 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Oct 2019
This is a wonderfull sunday trip when you are off season. Well kept fortress with several beautifull foto opp.
Written October 13, 2019
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Thank you for Your view and welcome back to the beautiful, exciting Oscarsborg, which probably is the most important site in modern Norwegian history.
Written October 15, 2019
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Vissing
Stenloese, Denmark1,100 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Sep 2020
See the movie "The Kings choice" or in Norwegian / Danish "Kongens Nei/nej" and you will know the story from the 9th of april 1940, when the fortress sunk the big german cruiser "Blücher" with the fortresses ancient guns and torpedoes. So interesting
Written September 20, 2020
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midway42
Georgia3,375 contributions
3.0 of 5 bubbles
Jul 2022
Located in the main fort on the Southern Kaholmen islet, this tiny museum requires no admission fee. It has two main portions: a section containing the history of the fort and the sinking of the German heavy cruiser Blucher, and one covering the various types of artillery used on the island. I visited immediately after disembarking on the island. The first portion of the museum covers the beginning of the fort from the 1800’s with mostly static displays, then segues into a significant portion about the Battle of Drobak Sound. Ericksen’s decision to attack (and surrender) is reviewed in detail, including the controversies surrounding it.. The second portion of the museum consists of various artillery pieces (real or models) that have been used on the fort over the years, from the 1800's into the late 20th century.

Overall this was a bit of a niche museum, with my main concern being that most descriptions were in Norwegian and therefore difficult to interpret. There was an audioguide accessible through my cell phone with translations but the coverage was fairly spotty. The Battle of Drobak Sound was clearly the main focus here and the offerings did delve into a little more detail than previous museums, although again the main movie describing this did not contain English subtitles.

A recommended “quick stop” for most visitors, although one certainly can’t argue with the price of admission.
Written August 4, 2022
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dfredrik
Fredrikstad, Norway55 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2019
It is recommended to book a separate guide that can tell vividly about Oscarsborg - we had that. We had an amazing guide who knew Oscarsborg's history. It was fun to find that our Canadian guests were just as happy as us. They said that they did not know anything about the war in Norway before the visit.
A guided tour that includes the torpedo batteries is well spent money.
Written November 6, 2019
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Thank you for recommending us, we are really happy to know that you are satisfied! Best regards from all of us to all of you:)
Written November 8, 2019
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Anna_Maria39_11
Winnipeg, Canada565 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Sep 2019 • Solo
Drøbak was an easy and affordable day trip from Oslo by bus and Oscarsborg was an interesting and historical museum to visit while there. You need to purchase tickets at the landing where you access the ferry which is well marked and right on the water. It is approximately a ten minute boat ride. If you want to wander the grounds like I did there was no fee. If you want to view the torpedo bay you must be on a tour. I wasn’t able to take a tour but wandering was enough for my imagination and interest. The cannons and bunkers are explorable and captivated my imagination. The actual Fort is in fantastic shape and has been converted into a museum. Even though the text explaining the exhibits is only in Norwegian there is a free app that has several language options. You can still see where the Fort came under attack in WWII and the stone walls still show the ‘scars’ of battle. A very short bridge connects the two islands Oscarsborg is located on and the secondary island has a marina and restaurant.
Written September 11, 2019
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Thank you for sharing the experience and welcome back to Oscarsborg!
Written September 12, 2019
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Tor Helge S
Fredrikstad, Norway258 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Oct 2017 • Business
We had the Historical tour including the torpedo battery, this is a two-hour roundtrip on the island. We had a excellent guide that really knew the island and the islands history. I did not have a boring second and the trip could happily lasted another hour.
Written November 1, 2017
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Phillip W
Oslo, Norway62 contributions
3.0 of 5 bubbles
Aug 2017 • Couples
A days trip from Oslo to Oscarsborg Fortress just off the town of Drøbak. During the summer there are two ferries, Oslo to Drøbak or to Son, which can transport you to the Fortress, though check the timetable. The reason being the guided tour start might clash with the early return ferry. If you come by buss, which leaves Oslo or Drøbak every 30 mins, you'll have to pay NOK 150 p.person each way betweendrøbak and the Fortress. On both carriers, not the ferry from Drøbak out to the Fortress, you can use the Ruter app which is used on Oslo transport system.
The museum offers a good overview of the fort and itrole inhistory. Of cource from WWII, where the German invation towards Oslo was halted so much so that king Håkon and his family could escape. Take the guided tour and you'll be able to visit rooms which are normally locked.
Written August 9, 2017
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Are H
9 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Sep 2023 • Friends
Guided tour with an engaged and knowledgeable guide! Strongly recommended. Here you get an insight into Norwegian war history.
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Written September 2, 2023
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Lise B
13 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jun 2024 • Friends
An incredibly nice trip to Oscarsborg Museum where we had an incredibly inspiring and wonderful guided tour with Tore! It wasn't a boring second - two hours flew away! We learned a lot:o).
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Written June 28, 2024
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