Viking Ship Museum

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Viking Ship Museum

Viking Ship Museum
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Come face to face with some of the world's greatest Viking treasures! Experience the best-preserved Viking Ships in the world and unique burial artefacts from boat graves around the Oslo Fjord. These ships have been on voyages of the sea before they became the final resting place for their wealthy owners. Here you will see incredible woodcarvings, mysterious skeleton remains and an immersive film that takes you into the Viking era. This is a museum experience out of the ordinary. Two Museums for the price of one! With a ticket to the Viking Ship Museum, you also get a free pass to the Historical Museum within 48 hours. Closed: 24-26 December; 31 December; 1 January.
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AdventureSeeker75
Paris, France135 contributions
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The Viking Museum is surprisingly small, but is interesting and (when you think about it) amazing that these ships are so old and still so well preserved! There were two intact ships and one that is a burial ship and far less preserved and more of a flat piece of wood. A lot of the artifacts were taken for repair when I was there (right after it reopened post COVID), and from what I understand, won’t be back for some time. There is a great video that plays - a lot of time and effort went into it and the museum partnered with the Viking Voyages. Also the current ticket purchase also serves to get you into the Volksmuseum down the street - so it’s two for one.
Written June 26, 2021
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Stefanie W
Melbourne, Australia16 contributions
This museum is a great starting point if it's your first time in Oslo and you're interested in Norwegian/Scandinavian history. The museum isn't that big, it took me an hour to look at everything but still well worth the visit. A ticket gives you admission to both the Viking Ship Museum and Historical Museum for 48 hours.
Written January 14, 2020
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Bronwen C
Perth, Australia248 contributions
Oslo pass was very cost effective, use it wisely and get public transport and museum passes paid.
Museums were both very well done, great information in English and very interactive.
Cafe not great
Bus is great for getting on and off and looking at other museums
Written March 1, 2020
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Ray D
Bristol, UK216 contributions
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Maybe I’m lucky (possibly even spoilt) being from the UK, having so many truly amazing museums to visit and most of the time being free to visit, but I found this museum to be quite dull. This was Oslo’s attempt at giving us an idea into life of the Vikings when in actual fact it’s just an exhibit of a few ships that were dug up.

There should be more info on the vikings as people and their way of life but I went away knowing very little as there’s just not enough information to find it stimulating.

It may seem like I’m being harsh but considering the price you pay to get in for something i was able to walk around and read every information card in 35 mins I felt a bit ripped-off. The projection they show is okay but I think it only shows to be a highlight on the backdrop of the rest being quite dull. Sorry!
Written February 15, 2020
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Marius B
Cluj-Napoca, Romania67 contributions
Really got the impression that the reasons people were interested in these ships was because they've watched Vikings tv series. My wife and I didn't so we did not find it very interesting, since we've visisted many museums before this one with similar artifacts.
However, these ships are a real piece of work and it's really cool to see them up close. There are only a couple of them you can see with a nice movie in a nearby room.

Tip: Buy the oslo pass and you'll have this included (IMO it's not worth paying the full price ticket)
Written January 5, 2020
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Shanesoph
Chesterfield, UK79 contributions
Couples
Visited this museum in the early morning and were fortunate to get some cracking photos without anyone in the way as it was nice and quiet. When we came away two hours later it was getting slightly busier. The stairs offer excellent views over the ships. Some lockers are provided before entering for large bags etc. The viewing areas are very spacious and the artefacts on display are fantastic and very well preserved considering the age of them. The museum is easy to get to using the local buses from the centre of Oslo and there are several other museums in the same area.
Written January 7, 2020
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NotMolly
Canberra, Australia1,166 contributions
Couples
An easy and enjoyable ferry trip, then walk up the hill to the museum. The history was fascinating and many detailed information boards - quite crowded on day we were there so sometimes reading information and seeing exhibits was restricted, particularly for children. Comparing it with similar museums elsewhere in the world, as a retired teacher, I could see ways to make the information (& museum in general) more engaging for younger children - many also fascinated by Viking history of course. From this museum we then walked onto the Folk Museum with a replica of old town so lots of walking around which was also pleasant on the sunny day we visited. The walk there & back to the ferry takes you through some interesting suburban streets (most quite affluent), so looking at the design of the local houses in this established area was worth a few detours if you have the time/similar interest in local housing/architecture?
Written January 12, 2020
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Erik Z
Margate, FL31 contributions
This museum is great - it's not very large and can be completed easily in 90 minutes or so, but everything in it is extremely interesting, and the Viking ships are well preserved and they've gone to great lengths to give you lots of background information on each ship. There are also lots of other artifacts that help paint a picture of Viking life. It's a bid outside Oslo, but easily reached by bus and there are a few other museums nearby to make it well worth the trip.
Written February 14, 2020
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Mylène D
Munich, Germany31 contributions
Couples
The museum shows 3 viking ships that were used to bury people , 2 of which are well preserved. It also displays some of the objects that were found in them. It is very interesting and we recommend it. The ticket is also valid for the historical museum
Written January 18, 2020
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Devin S
Adelaide, Australia17 contributions
Couples
Great museum with amazing items. The two complete viking ships are in great condition, they have been carefully restored but the majority of the parts are original. The museum also has a lot of other interesting exhibits with smaller boats, one partially complete damaged ship, farm equipment, weapons, tools, jewellery, metal work, wood work, textiles etc etc.

Would recommend for anybody, even those who generally are not interested in museums. This one truly worth the time and money as there is nothing else like it.
Written January 1, 2020
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