Norwegian Petroleum Museum
Norwegian Petroleum Museum
4.5
10:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Monday
10:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Tuesday
10:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Wednesday
10:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Thursday
10:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Friday
10:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Saturday
10:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Sunday
10:00 AM - 6:00 PM
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A Dynamic Museum for a Dynamic IndustryNorwegian Petroleum Museum is a museum for everyone. Its exhibits explain how oil and gas are created, disovered and produced, and what they are used for. The museum also provides informastion about technological advances and the way petroleum influences Norwegian society. Original objects, models, films and interactive exhibits illustrate everything from everyday life offshore to technology and dramatic incidents. The curious cat Petro serves as a guide through the museum's science centre.The museum was designed by architects Lunde & Løvseth, and is an attraction in itself. Its architecture is a scenographic interpretation of the Norwegian bedrock, the open coastal landscape and the offshore oil installations. Architechtural reviews have said that there is hardly a building in Norway which signals its function as obviously as the Norwegian Petroleum Museum. The museum was opened in 1999.
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rspill
Boxford, MA153 contributions
May 2022
Our B&B host suggested we visit the Petroleum Museum. It is a large facility that has a nice, and entertaining, selection of displays and information panels on the discovery, exploration, and development of the Norwegian offshore oil industry. The engineering, science, and philosophy are all covered in nice detail. One exhibit asks the guest to make decisions on the various philosophical questions on whether the fields should be developed. Jobs vs Climate Change, as one example. The most impressive piece of information was the decision of the Norwegian government to hold the income from the oilfields for use by later generations. If needed, these funds would be used for projects such as climate change control. Nice models of oil platforms and a pleasant, moody, movie near the entrance that chronicles the life of an oil platform worker.
Written June 27, 2022
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Bhaswati D
Helsinki, Finland69 contributions
Jan 2023 • Family
It was great visiting this place. Going through all the minute details over the whole of museum, it was really great to gather information about Norwegian oil industry. We understood important role oil and gas has played in the life of Norwegian people.
There were little puzzles for children to be solved. Both of our boys completed it and got gorgeous amethys rock as gift from the museum personnel.

We bought a family ticket for 350 nok ( cheaper that way than buying separately)..clean and well maintained place. Staff very polite. Would surely recommend visiting this place while in Stavanger.
Written January 7, 2023
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Judith C
8 contributions
Oct 2022
This museum is fascinating and very well put together. I did not know this much about the petroleum industry in Stavanger or about the off shore drilling. This is definitely a must see if you are in Stavanger. The museum is laid out very well and you can even go out on a simulated oil drilling platform.
Written October 30, 2022
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Kris J
125 contributions
Aug 2022 • Couples
While the museum definitely does a good job at explaining the technical aspects of oils exploration and extraction, the context for the exhibit seems awfully biased:

1) there is a very sentimental film about a somewhat ’green’ son reconnecting with his oil worker dad after supposedly hearing about the fathers I’ll health. The son even abandons his electric car for a 60’s mustang :) One has to wonder what the message of the movie should be: ‘yes, exploiting oil fields has caused many issues but now everything is hunky dory’. This is not the case, there is no clean way to extract and consume oil…

2) the final peace of the exhibit on global warming is also a bit funny: Norway made a killing from its natural oil deposits and now has the means to fund a ‘green/electric’ transition _while still continuing to earn money by selling fossil fuel_. It is perhaps ironic to read statements along the lines that ‘other countries should act on global warming. What is Norway doing with its wealth beyond its own country? Is it significantly giving back, knowing how much it made globally from selling and continuing to sell oil?

All of these interesting insights or introspectives are completely missing from the exhibition.

Still a worthwhile visit but still… oh, and there were dinosaurs too!
Written August 25, 2022
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Rama R
London, UK329 contributions
Aug 2022 • Family
A visit to the Norwegian Petroleum Museum in Stavanger this morning proved to be most enlightening. Not only did we learn about Norway's petroleum history, we also learnt how oil is made naturally over millions of years, what it takes to excavate it from the sea bed, what perils the workers undertake to do this and the price they pay. There is a movie, Olieunge (Oil Kid), which showcases the the influence of the Norwegian petroleum sector on society and people. There was also a dinosaur exhibition which we enjoyed. There's a small picture hunt for the children to engage in, for which they are rewarded with sparkling uncut stones! The children can enjoy sitting in simulated machines and rescue capsules and trying out other fun interactive displays.

What I personally liked best about the museum were the exhibits that present the moral and ethical questions that Norway faces. For a country that has prospered immensely over the years on the basis of an industry that pollutes the planet, Norway faces some really challenging questions. Should they continue digging or should they let the deposits be and concentrate on renewable energy? There is a section where you are invited to ponder on such points and voice your thoughts (albeit from a drop down menu of solutions). The children realised it's tricky to choose as the answers are not as simple as they seem.
Written August 10, 2022
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malcsaville
Stroud, UK1,098 contributions
Sep 2022
The personal story in the movie theatre is a bit dated and 'corny', but nonetheless provide insight to the tensions around the oil industry in Norway. The displays are informative and document the history of the industry, the dangers, the technology and above all the economic benefits to the country. There are some excellent and imaginative visual elements to the museum in the 'platform' section.
The temporary dinosaur display is great for kids.
Written September 30, 2022
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Salaaar
United Kingdom610 contributions
Feb 2020
Let me start by saying that I am not a museum person at all. I never last more than an hour in a museum, at best. I didn't even last that long in Egyptian Museum or Musee de Lourve. But this museum amazed me, I lasted more than 2.5 hours, yes it surprised me as well. It was a horrible rainy day and going to this museum was not on the cards but I entered to kill time until my flight. I am glad I did. The architecture is amazing, resembling huge oil refineries. There are many simulations, films on how the Stavanger Petroleum industry developed. If you are a kid or even not like me you can do many simulations, drills to get the actual feeling of working in an oil rig. The museum shop was awesome, kids were getting stones as a prize to solve puzzles, I got a complimentary one :). The ticket is flexible as in you can go in and out of the museum through the day which is a very good feature. I highly recommend going and enjoying this amazing place.
Written March 30, 2020
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Wow - thank you for your fantastic review. I hope that you will visit the museum again some day - even though you're not a museum person.
Written March 31, 2020
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Jolieze
Katwijk, The Netherlands22 contributions
Mar 2020
Honestly, I would not have visited this museum if it wasn't for a crewmember of our flight from Amsterdam to Stavanger who advised us to go because he got some positive feedback about this museum from colleguas.
I must say that I'm impressed. Many different ways to experience oil: film, noises, history, discussion etc. For people interested in safety it's also worthwhile.
We visited this museum in March. It wasn't crowded, so we could easily spend time to watch and enjoy. There is also a restaurant but I forgot to go there.
Written March 19, 2020
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Lisa P
Bexleyheath, UK352 contributions
Feb 2020 • Family
What a delightful museum this is. I was sceptical at first, i mean it’s a museum about the history of the petroleum industry in Norway. Not that it’s not important because it is. It has changed the direction and future of the country.

There are so many artefacts, displays of equipment, uniforms, drill bits, situations, etc. It is informative and interactive. I had so much fun reading, figuring out my carbon footprint, simulations, and films, I don’t know which was my favourite.

Definitely take your children. They will love the hands-on interactiveness.

And I’m sorry I didn’t catch his name, but the gentlemen who took our money was very informative about what to see in the museum and how we should approach navigating it.

Don’t miss this gem.
Written February 14, 2020
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ozzie5melbourne
Melbourne473 contributions
Feb 2020
This is an interesting museum where you will learn about oil exploration and how Norway is seeking To balance its world priorities. There is a platform jutting out into the water which gives just a feel of being at sea. There is quite a lot to see here.
Written February 16, 2020
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