The Kon-Tiki Museum
The Kon-Tiki Museum
4.5
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9:30 AM - 6:00 PM
Monday
9:30 AM - 6:00 PM
Tuesday
9:30 AM - 6:00 PM
Wednesday
9:30 AM - 6:00 PM
Thursday
9:30 AM - 6:00 PM
Friday
9:30 AM - 6:00 PM
Saturday
9:30 AM - 6:00 PM
Sunday
9:30 AM - 6:00 PM
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Visit The Kon-Tiki Museum and be inspired by Thor Heyerdahl! See the original balsa wood raft from 1947 and the Oscar-winning film from 1951! The museum houses original boats and artifacts from Thor Heyerdahl's world-famous expeditions such as the original Kon-Tiki balsa raft which crossed the Pacific Ocean in 1947 and the original reed boat Ra II which crossed the Atlantic Ocean in 1970. Both exhibitions have separate children storylines. The Kon-Tiki Museum also houses one of the most comprehensive exhibitions about Easter Island in the world, including a replica of a family cave from Easter Island. Underneath the Kon-Tiki raft is a special underwater exhibit that is fun for kids. Cinema screening the original Kon-Tiki documentary movie (Oscar for best documentary in 1951) every day at 12:00. Great museum shop. Free with Oslo Pass. A must when visiting Oslo!
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  • Mark
    5 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Well worth a visit
    We added this museum to out Fram ticket and so glad we did. Lovely little museum which brings an amazing story to life. I vaguely remembered this but was new to my son however we both really enjoyed it and one of the highlights of our trip,to Oslo.
    Thank you so much for this nice review. We are so glad that you enjoyed your visit and was captured by the legacy of Thor Heyerdahl. Wishing you a lovely summer!
    Written July 31, 2023
    This response is the subjective opinion of the management representative and not of Tripadvisor LLC.
    Visited July 2023
    Written July 29, 2023
  • Ozan Karahan
    Krakow, Poland1,591 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Kon-Tiki Museum
    Kon-Tiki Museum is one of the must-visit places in Oslo. Museum is well designed for visitors, not expensive to enter. Public transportation is available to access the location. Museum contains quite interesting information and displays the valuable efforts and adventure of Thor Heyerdahl and his crew.
    Hi, the crew here at the Kon-Tiki Museum thank you so much for your wonderful review, Nice to have you here!
    Written November 3, 2023
    This response is the subjective opinion of the management representative and not of Tripadvisor LLC.
    Visited October 2023
    Traveled as a couple
    Written October 29, 2023
  • USMA74
    Cincinnati, Ohio489 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    A Phenomenal Way to recall a real Adventure!
    I read Kon-Tiki as a teenager back in the 1960s... what a fantastic adventure story! This museum houses the original Kon-Tiki raft as well as the Ra II, the papyrus boat used by Thor Heyerdahl in his subsequent adventure. The museum is well organized, there are lots of photographs and artifacts from both adventures, and the staff is friendly. The Kon-Tike movie is shown regularly in the theater. Worth a visit (along with the Fram Museum next door) while you're in Oslo. Easily accessible by city bus.
    Thank you so much for this nice review. We are so glad that you enjoyed your visit here in the museum and was captured by the legacy of Thor Heyerdahl. Wishing you a lovely Summer!
    Written May 7, 2024
    This response is the subjective opinion of the management representative and not of Tripadvisor LLC.
    Visited March 2024
    Traveled as a couple
    Written April 11, 2024
  • 125bernardc
    Johannesburg, South Africa171 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Fulfilling a childhood interest...
    Ever since I was a young boy, I have been fascinated by Thor Heyerdal's Kon-tiki expedition. I even had the board game. Getting to visit the museum and see the raft and equipment 50 years later was just so awesome. The museum does not disappoint and is very well put together. I particularly liked the commentary provided for children - an excellent innovation. A visit to this museum when visiting Oslo is a must!
    Visited June 2024
    Traveled as a couple
    Written June 16, 2024
  • elawson
    628 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    A worthwhile hour of your time.
    Interesting museum where you can check out the Kon Tiki and the Ra boats. It's fun to go through the caves. There's a bit of a side step with the focus on Easter Island but you'll still be through in an hour. It's totally worth it if you do it while doing the Oslo Pass.
    Visited June 2024
    Traveled with family
    Written June 17, 2024
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LauraSanengen
Son, Norway37 contributions
1.0 of 5 bubbles
Aug 2020 • Couples
Out dated and a terribly boring experience. Thor Heyerdahl is so pathetic. He had to fund his own museum because the Norwegian government wasn’t interested. He didn’t do anything special, thousands of people accomplished the same journey without getting acclimated for it. Wanting to prove something to yourself does not make a museum.
Written August 7, 2020
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Patrick D
Warsaw, Poland5,200 contributions
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Jan 2020
An extraordinary navigation across the Pacific on a balsa raft named Kon-Tiki ... 73 years later, the name of the Kon-Tiki is still universally recognized, and the leader of the expedition, Thor Heyerdahl, remains at this day one of the most famous personalities of the XXth century, This Museum is a legacy of this expedition and serves today as a research center on the prehistory of the Pacific. It contains an extraordinary Polynesian library and has sponsored many important archaeological expeditions ... Very interesting
Written November 15, 2020
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Brian D
Denver, CO2,389 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Aug 2022
Favorite museum in Oslo. Tells the story of Thor Heyerdahl and his journeys on the oceans. Of course, the story has been told in books and on film, but at this museum you can see the actual boats and artifacts up close and in person. The museum takes you through the entire life of Thor and his mates. You'll see the original Kon-Tiki and the Ra; however, the best parts of the museum are the artifacts that were used on the boats as well as those artifacts found while exploring the Polynesian islands. If you are a fan of the Kon-Tiki or Thor Heyerdahl, you won't want to miss this museum when visiting Oslo. It is just a short boat ride across the bay to see the museum, or you can take a bus around the bay to visit. Be sure to have some extra time to really enjoy all of the exhibits and artifacts on display at this great museum.
Written October 17, 2022
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Mike D
Manalapan, NJ163 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Sep 2022
I recall seeing the documentary when I was a boy and this museum brought back a lot of those memories. So many that I purchased a DVD of the documentary to re-live.

The name is somewhat misleading as it is more the Thor Heyerdahl museum focusing on his life and expeditions including, of course, Kon-Tiki.

Unlike many museums in the world, this one allows non-flash photography so you can bring memories home.

The displays are well done and in multiple languages for those of us who do not speak any Norwegian.
Written September 15, 2022
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permia
Ireland62,111 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jun 2022
A visionary is just one of the best titles to bestow on Thor Heyerdahl. For his pioneering thinking and pursuits he has been awarded numerous honours and has an incomparable legacy.

Reasons why are perfectly displayed here. It was fabulous to see the Kon-Tiki raft that Thor and his crew of 5 used in 1947 to traverse about 8000 kms from South America to Polynesia.

This odyssey was only one of the many sea voyages undertaken by the explorer. Even though the Kon-Tiki is likely the most famous exhibit, Ra II is also to be seen.

After the first Ra boat floundered in the sea, version II was built by reed boat experts, namely Indians from the Andes mountain region. In 1970 she sailed over 6000 kms from Morocco to Barbados with Thor and his crew on board.
Written August 12, 2022
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Ylenia A
Nottingham, UK160 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2020
We thought we would have gone for a joint ticket (Fram and Kon-Tiki museums) this time as they are facing each other at the end of the bus line (bus n.31).
It's again another first-hand visit, less interactive than the Fram (you cannot go on the raft) but you can see parts of the journey and what the experiment was meant to be. Quite impressive!
Written April 8, 2020
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Thank you so much for sharing your review and for visiting the museum! ❤️
Written April 9, 2020
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charlene_veverka
Wilton, Australia358 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Aug 2022
Located right next door to the Fram museum - another great museum about the lengths that Thor Heyerdahl went to in order to explore the Pacific Ocean on a raft made of balsawood.

Lots of interactive displays, model ships and original artefacts from the expedition.

Definitely worth a visit whilst in Oslo! They even have a penny machine at the front.
Written August 12, 2022
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gohawkers
Melbourne, Australia113 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Aug 2022
This museum is well worth a visit. What Thor Heyerdahl and his crews did sailing over the oceans in flimsy boats - Kon -Tiki, Ra and Tigris to offer plausible explanations on Pacific travel was amazing. His brave exploration should be know by many more and never forgotten.
Written August 22, 2022
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Esther P
Chicago, IL1,402 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Aug 2022
Plan to spend a little time in this museum not only to see the Kon-Tiki boat itself, but to look at all the artifacts Thor Heyerdahl collected. There are two films to watch: One is more of a summary and maybe 8 minutes long. But take the time to watch the documentary which is just over an hour long. It won the Academy award for best documentary in 1951 and has actual footage of the expedition. Also do not miss the reproduction of the Easter Island cave with the artifacts Heyerdahl collected.
Written August 10, 2022
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Soars37
Washington DC, DC331 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Aug 2022
This was high on my list for Oslo. It was nice to see the raft, the exhibits are interesting, and you learn a lot about the voyage and Thor Heyerdahl. It is also interesting to note that while the voyage probed the possibility, subsequent DNA research did not confirm that this actually happened. Still, it's such an adventure and really interesting to see the artifacts.

Water taxis make it easy to reach, and are a nice way to travel.
Written August 22, 2022
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