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Address: Frederiks Gate 2 | The Museum of Cultural History, Oslo 0164, Norway
Phone Number: +47 22 85 99 10
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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Interesting museum, in combination with the Viking Ship House

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... read more

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

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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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 days ago NEW via mobile

We only visited the first floor to take in some of Norway's Viking heritage and were surprised by the quality and extent of the collection. On display was a large range of artefacts from Norway's Viking age, from stone carvings, weapons and house hold items to clothing, armour and human remains. A must if you have an interest in Viking... More 

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3 of 5 stars Reviewed 5 days ago NEW via mobile

This museum was a little bit of a let down. Many amazing things were on display but little had been done to show the connection between items. Some very detailed sections displaying fragments not larger than 1cm X 1cm, some displaying clothes/scenes from very different places of the world next to each other with no particular explanation. Plus for the... More 

Thank Lydia H
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago NEW

While it is back to back with the art museum, it is far less traveled, so if you prefer to avoid crowds, come here. You will see one of the only known intact Viking helmets that de=bunks the belief that that had horns. Lots of swords and other metal objects and intricate jewelry, some of which is likely over 2,000... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

The ticket is 50 NOK for student and it includes Viking Ship museum. The museum itself has a great collection of viking and medieval finds on the ground floor. Upper floors house collections from ancient Greece and Rome, as well as some from Asia. They also have a pretty interesting collection of Saami clothes and art.

Thank Ewelina-EW
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

The ticket is combined with The Viking Museum - NOK 90/adult The Historical Museum is not very big but has very interesting items - besides the beautiful arts sacred in wood on the ground floor, with highlights for porticos and a crucifix in carved wood, has ornaments, locks, keys, wooden pots, weapons and Viking tools. Interesting thrones and some items... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

This museum is good if you are looking for Viking related things in Oslo. It has the only Viking helmet in the world. It is also good with a visit Oslo pass

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

We came mainly for the viking finds. Was lots to see and husband throughly enjoyed the exhibit. Children got a bit bored.

Thank Joanna H
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

You should go here when you are in Oslo. They have so much fun and interesting things to look at, and you learn so much! There are exhibitions about the egyptians, the vikings, the sami people, the second world war and so much more.

Thank HarvestRosie
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

This museum is the central Norwegian historical museum so all the exhibits are of high quality. The highlight is of course the Viking section. This contains a whole section on the Vikings and their life. Many artefacts are on display and you get a sense of the value they placed on their swords, ships and farming skills as a result.... More 

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