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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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11:00 am - 4:00 pm
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Tue - Sun 11:00 am - 4:00 pm
Recommended length of visit: 2-3 hours
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The Historical Museum is part of the Museum of Cultural History, and has...

The Historical Museum is part of the Museum of Cultural History, and has the country's largest collection of items from pre-historic times and the Middle Ages. The displays include the weapons and gold of the Vikings, the only preserved Viking helmet and the early church art from the stave churches of the Middle Ages. The Coin Cabinet displays the gold treasure that was evacuated during Nazi occupation in 1940. The Ethnographic Museum exhibits Egyptian mummies and Medtiterranean Antiquities, as well as items from non-Western cultures; Arctic expeditions, 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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Go for the viking artifacts, but only if you have enough background on the matter

If you're interested in the Viking Age, then you should spare the time and visit this museum. But do so only if you have enough background on the period and Nordic mythology... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed 2 weeks ago
Christina D
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Sofia, Bulgaria
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2 of 5 stars Reviewed 5 days ago NEW via mobile

I was expecting a lot about Norwegian history...but there was just a small section for the medieval and viking era.

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St Helens, United Kingdom
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

Had this museum not been part of the Oslo Pass attraction range, I would have been disappointed if I paid full price to enter. There is very little of memorable note, with very few English translations. The story of the hiding of the Norwegian Treasury's gold at the time of the Nazi occupation is interesting. American, Polar and Egyptian exhibitions... More 

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3 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

I was very impressed with the collection of Viking and early church artifacts in this collection and would highly recommend it for others interested in such things. There are icons from the Heddal Stave Church here, as well as a entire painted ceiling panels and a phenomenal golden madonna & child. However, the overall museum is poorly curated and the... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

After my time in Norway, it is clear that this country has a very rich history, particularly in maritime. This museum has many beautiful and fascinating artefacts from the medieval period, including part of a church. It was like being on the game of thrones set! There is also plenty about the Vikings, as well as the Inuits and other... More 

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Sofia, Bulgaria
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

If you're interested in the Viking Age, then you should spare the time and visit this museum. But do so only if you have enough background on the period and Nordic mythology, because the information in English is scarce. To put it midly. I've read enough and know quite a few things about the period and the mythology, so I... More 

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3 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

The only Vikings part of exhibition can be interesting. Other execution like Egyptian, Asian and etc - absolutely not worth your time. The nice thing is free wi-fi and free strolls for kids,

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

I can understand why many people have commented on not enjoying this due to the lack of English information and I can completely understand, this really does need to be remedied. However as someone with a passion for Viking history and artifacts, I knew what the majority of the items were and seeing them was incredible! So many Viking age... More 

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Fremantle, Australia
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2 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

I visited this museum with my partner as part of our Oslo City pass. The museum exhibitions were all written in Norwegian with no audio tours or translations available. There were exhibits on Egypt, America, Arctic, Asia with only a small section dedicated to Norwegian history. Sad to say I didn't learn anything or understand anything either.

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2 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

I wouldn't direct any English speaker to this museum. There are many "items" but not much explanation in English nor are there any modern interactive exhibits. This museum needs to be updated and upgraded. Skip it.

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 20, 2016 via mobile

4 floors of many different exhibits, viking life trough out the ages, Christianity and paganism. Peasant life, tools, swords the whole deal. A preserved wooden church with a mural. Many artifacts. A small Egyptian exhibit. And a changing exhibit on the 3rd floor. For toddlers you can take stroller that they provide free of charge, you will have to carry... More 

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