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Address: Altaveien 19, Alta 9518 , Norway
Phone Number: +47 417 56 330
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Sun - Sat 8:00 am - 5:00 pm
Recommended length of visit: 1-2 hours
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WORLD HERITAGE ROCK ART CENTRE - ALTA MUSEUM

Experience one of Northern...

WORLD HERITAGE ROCK ART CENTRE - ALTA MUSEUM

Experience one of Northern Europe's largest rock carving sites, inscribed on UNESCO World Heritage list. The carvings were made by hunters and gatherers, the oldest carvings are over 7000 years. The rock art park is available in the snow free period.

The museum is open all year and features exhibitions on rock art in Alta and other cultural history exhibitions. Temporary exhibitions on themes such as the Northern Lights, angling and art exhibitions. Cafe with a panoramic view over the Altafjord and souvenir shop. Guided tours for groups by prior arrangement. Audioguides available in Norwegian, English, German and French.

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You got alot to see here! Indoors and outdoors. You can watch movies made by pictures from the northenlight in Finnmark, you can read and see how sampi people in Finnmark lived... read more

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed yesterday NEW via mobile

You got alot to see here! Indoors and outdoors. You can watch movies made by pictures from the northenlight in Finnmark, you can read and see how sampi people in Finnmark lived like some years back. You got a lot of different things in there. Ive been there many times with different people and its always much to see.

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Göteborg
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed yesterday NEW via mobile

We visited the rock carvings in July 2016. The rock carvings are free, but not the museum. If you have previous knowledge of rock carvings or visit out the opening hours of the museum, you can go straight to the carvings. The carvings are divided in two field. The field to the left of the museum is the one with... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 days ago NEW via mobile

Nice museum with cozy cafeteria with nice view. I realy liked coffee! and sandwich, which by the way was freshly made. Expos are interesting, for my most interesting part is outside, but you need nice weather or at least no rain to go around all expositions. Worth to visit!

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Perth, Australia
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

A pleasant walk to the rock carvings. The museum exhibit is excellent. We learned about the archeological history and findings in Alta, watched a recorded northern lights show and appreciate the wild life in the area. Take time to visit when in Alta.

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La Crosse, WI
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Even in the constant rain, this was worth the price of admission to see how millennia of former occupants had recorded their history, so nicely preserved and ecologically maintained. Snack bar is pricey ($4 for small water bottle).

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Oslo, Norway
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

We saw the various stone carvings which was interesting. Some of them area easy as they have been painted, others are harder to see unless you use the brochure they give you. Outdoor exhibition, so dependent on the weather. A little walk. The indoor exhibition shows some of the history of the area, which is also quite interesting.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Alta Museum a UNESCO WORLD HERITAGE SITE not to be missed . The rock carvings depicted the rituals and beliefs in that era. Mainly based on their methods of hunting and fishing. A way of life during those era for us to see. We had a wonderful Guide from the Museum named Seraphine. He was full of knowledge of the... More 

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Adelaide, Australia
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

The ancient rock carvings on the shore near Alta are spectacular and well worth a visit. Given the heritage status we were quite surprised to see the carvings were painted to make them stand out for visitors.

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Thank Graham J
Brisbane
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Our tour guide has only worked here for one week and this was his first tour! He did an excellent job and being a local could answer other questions re the flora. Worth paying for the full tour of the rock carvings.

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South Shields, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 5 weeks ago

We visited on a quiet Sunday morning around 10am. The place looked closed but the doors were open so we went in and headed for the only member of staff we could see. After paying our entrance fee and studying the map we set off. We didn't realise at first but after and hour and a half we noticed that... More 

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