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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 has...

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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Fascinating if a little chaotic

The highlight for me was parts of stave churches - the extraordinary ceiling painting (reminiscent of goreme?) and then the intricate carved pillars. Loved the fact that could... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed 5 days ago
London, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 5 days ago NEW via mobile

The highlight for me was parts of stave churches - the extraordinary ceiling painting (reminiscent of goreme?) and then the intricate carved pillars. Loved the fact that could see continuity between those patterns and earlier viking metal work but that the collection thar combined the two assumes too much knowledge - a time line would help for example. Disappointed few... More 

Thank terryconway
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 55 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Nothing much, but i recommend just to see the viking section. Everything about them is inside. In my opinion just spend time seeing the vikings and the Norway section and that's it.

Thank Joao V
Krakow, Poland
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 70 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

We expected more from this visit but there were few interesting exhibits. To be honest we felt a little bit like some kind of temporary exhibits from Poland: rarely seen and unexpexted in a museum;)

Thank Basia K
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed December 19, 2015

Like some of the other reviews this museum is slightly disjointed in the way it is laid out, and the exhibits are over a few floors and with steep stairs can get annoying after a while. Some of the exhibits were very interesting and I enjoyed my time in here. This is part of the Oslo pass and worth it,... More 

Thank Rob S
Hunter Valley, Australia
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 75 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed December 12, 2015 via mobile

The early Christian and Viking eras was very interesting and had some unique exhibits. However trying to navigate around is not easy. The zest Asia and Egyptians areas areas are easier to find than the Viking area, which should be given great prominence, or at least better signage as its easy to miss.

Thank Shaun D
Saint Charles, Missouri
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 61 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed November 14, 2015

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.

Thank SaintSlats
Sydney, Australia
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed November 3, 2015

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 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 26, 2015 via mobile

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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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 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 4, 2015 via mobile

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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