The Historical Museum

The Historical Museum, Oslo: Hours, Address, The Historical Museum Reviews: 3.5/5

The Historical Museum
3.5
Speciality Museums • History Museums
10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Tuesday
10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Wednesday
10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Thursday
10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Friday
10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Saturday
10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Sunday
10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
About
What did the people of the past think, believe and know? How did they arrange their lives, their belongings and their knowledge? Take a journey to our house of many wonders; Experience some of Norway's most beautiful stave church portals in our medieval exhibition. Learn about the Norwegian Stone Age people, explore the Egyptian mummies and get an insight into wonderfully diverse cultures from across the World through our ethnographic exhibitions. The Historical museum is a prime example of Art Nouveau architecture, and the rich embellishments has a unique mix of Norwegian and international elements. The Historical museum and the Viking Ship Museum is a part of the Museum of Cultural History (part of the University of Oslo). The exhibitions in the museums reflects our rich academic community within archeology, ethnography and numismatics 2 Museums for the price of one! With a ticket to the Historical Museum, you also get a free pass to the Viking Ship Museum within 48 hours.
Suggested duration
2-3 hours
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The area
Address
Neighborhood: Sentrum
How to get there
  • Nationaltheatret • 3 min walk
  • Stortinget • 7 min walk
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Sian
London, UK602 contributions
Mar 2020 • Friends
The museum is laid out a bit weirdly and is a bit of a hodge podge of different random artifacts. Each area is quite small, but some areas are much better than others - unsurprisingly the Viking area was particularly good. The areas on other cultures were a bit of a let down - but I'm not sure whether it's because I've been spoiled by visiting much larger museums before (I'm from London!)
Written July 19, 2020
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FriendlyNorwegian
56 contributions
Nov 2021 • Couples
Friendly staff. The viking and egypt exhibitions were particulary good and interesting. The museum was much smaller than expected. First floor and second half were also closed, but entry ticket was still full price.
Written November 14, 2021
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nilslyseng
Oslo, Norway120 contributions
Jan 2020
We walked in here, as we knew they had a free day. As we are history buffs and been to Museums all-over. We have some expectations.

The exhibits are really well made. The various departmens are well presented and has explainations of the items. It is rich to see the pieces of Egypt. The pieces of the Viking Age. Both of them are worth a visit.

However, this museum at the current stage are under renevasion. So a lot rooms closed and parts where thing will at a later stage come. This would have extended and enriched the visit. The parts that are there is nice and neat. Really got at explaining and also shows all various cultures.

Plus some of the old Norse too. The Swords, the Coins and the pieces of old buildings. However, you get through it very quickly. That's why this is a three star. Not because the Museum is bad in itself. Its not, but we just wished to see more and at another time. When more of it is open. It might enlighten us even more.

We was lucky to go on day without paying tickets. We had a good time looking at historical artificats.
Written January 25, 2020
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perkallott
Oslo, Norway5 contributions
Aug 2021
Most of the exhibits are lackluster and old-fashioned, and it is impossible to understand what the general idea of the museum is. This is mostly archaeological artefacts in display cases with no background information or context, and a hodge-podge collection of "exotic" objects and clothes from other cultures in the ethnographic section. When I visited, half the museum was closed to the public, and yet they had the audacity to charge full price for the experience. The museum shop is nice, and the building itself is architecturally interesting.
Written August 30, 2021
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Pat
2 contributions
Oct 2021 • Couples
Me and my partner visited here to see the Viking exhibit. The artefacts themselves I couldn’t fault but the museum itself is just so bare and empty. On the way in to one of the exhibits my partner took a sip out of his water bottle and got told off, I mean rules are rules and no food and drink we understand (we didn’t know this though) especially in a museum but it felt as we were being told off like naughty children. On the way in we also weren’t explained too that we had to keep our back packs up front and this lead to a member of staff being very passive aggressive when telling me to do so and she then continued to walk around with a bad attitude which made me and my partner feel really uncomfortable. On a positive note there was a male member of staff who was pleasant and smiled and also the gentleman in the shop was helpful and friendly.
Written October 27, 2021
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NuriaHarket59
Tarragona, Spain99 contributions
Jun 2019 • Solo
Huge disappointment. Much of the museum was closed off, only floors 1st and 2nd were open for visits.
Of course I was interested in Viking items and I thought I'd also find objects found in Oslo/Norway from different ages but, the museum is tiny, there are just a couple of Viking swords, a helmet, a skull and a runic stone (I don't even know if it was an original or a copy). The other available exhibit was on Ancient Egypt, not that impressive either I'm afraid.
I took my time, went slowly, read descriptions, took photos but after half an hour I didn't know what else to do...
The museum has free toilets (I've you've been to Norway before you know why I'm writing this), lockers and a tiny shop.
Price: 100 NOK (10€, 9 USD)
Written July 3, 2019
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radx4
Ellicott City, MD2,243 contributions
May 2019 • Couples
We visited The Historical Museum - Museum of Cultural History in Oslo mainly because we had visited the Viking Ship Museum the day before and the ticket also granted us admission to this museum (good for 48 hours). The museum is located at the university. It has several exhibits spread over a few floors.

Some of the exhibits are nice. There was a section covering natural history of the area, and I enjoyed the viking exhibit. There were also some odd exhibits that seemed unrelated to anything else in the museum.

If you already visited the Viking Ship Museum, go ahead and check this place out as well. Otherwise, it's safe to skip.
Written June 20, 2019
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RichardStevenson1960
Doncaster, UK75 contributions
Jun 2019 • Couples
We arrived a little before it opened and waited outside in the rain, even though a school group was let inside. Once inside we paid our entrance fee and were told that the exhibit we had come to see (Egyptians) was open on the 1st floor. When we got there we were told it wouldn’t open for another hour. Most of the other exhibits had school groups being taught in there and were difficult to access. I think our visit lasted all of 10 minutes - an expensive 10 minutes for 200Kr.
Written June 12, 2019
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Miea_H
Bodo, Norway221 contributions
May 2014 • Couples
Was an ok museum, but I expected more. Not everything was explained in english, and I left wishing I had spent my short time in Oslo visiting something else.If you are in Oslo and having to choose between what attractions you want to visit, I personally would skip this museum unless there is something very specific that you want to see on those dates.
Written May 30, 2014
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Richard T
Halifax, UK58 contributions
Jan 2014 • Couples
As we had free entry to this museum courtesy of a visit to the Viking Ship Museum, we decided to give this place a try. Unfortunately it does not live up to the previous Viking Ship Museum. While the artifacts are laid out in chronological order, the lack of explanation in English makes this place feel like a collection of stuff rather than engaging the viewer to consider further what each exhibit is trying to tell you. And it's not a case of items just being there as effort has been taken to show artifacts and items in their natural settings - they even recreated a part of a Viking ship! But despite that, the lack of English explanation fails to ignite the enthusiasm and that's a shame as the effort in creating the exhibition displays is really very good
Written January 21, 2014
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  • Tue - Sun 10:00 AM - 5:00 PM


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