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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
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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 here for the Viking artifacts!

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... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed 3 days ago
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 days ago NEW 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 3 days ago NEW

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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2 of 5 stars Reviewed 6 days ago NEW 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 1 week 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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Thank TinaRP
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago 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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3 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

This museum stands near the palace gardens and has a selection of exhibits from Viking, Arctic, Classical and Central American. They also have a changing exhibit which was interestingly a comic book style story about the German invasion of Norway. The main problem as I don't speak Norwegian is that there wasn't any English translations for the exhibits which meant... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

This is a very nice museum to visit. They have a great collection from different kind of histories in the world. I found the Viking section very good. They only thing we found it a pitty was that not every collection had an English translation. So it was sometimes difficult to understand what the description was saying.

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

My wife and I paid a quick visit to the Historical museum (free entry with the Viking museum ticket). Unfortunately there was only a short time for our visit as we arrived after 4 o’clock and it was due to close at 5 o’clock. Lockers are available (at no cost) to store bags and coats. From the little we saw... More 

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3 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

A great and unique museum collection lacking a general, pedagogic context and sometimes even basic informations, especially concerning the Stavkirke doors. You’ll need a solid historic and mythologic knowledge to appreciate the true value / potential of the museum. They display the only remaining Viking period helmet. I doubt many of the visitors even noticed it. Moreover only a few... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 26, 2016

I paid the student fare (€5) for a ticket which granted to me acces to the Viking Ship museum and the Historical Museum. Worth the price! The Historical Museum has a varied collection, ranging from medieval Norway and Vikings, to Egyptian and Roman artefacts. I took my time appreciating the art work of early Christian churches in Scandinavia and the... More 

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