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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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Nice museum with the history of human activity in the area. In the park outside marvelous rock art from prehistoric time. Very much worth visiting

5 of 5 starsReviewed yesterday
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Dordrecht, The Netherlands
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed yesterday NEW

Nice museum with the history of human activity in the area. In the park outside marvelous rock art from prehistoric time. Very much worth visiting

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Hostivice, Czech Republic
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

Whole exposition is about 3 km long outdoor path, so dont forget your jacket, it can be really windy from open sea side.

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Winchester, Virginia
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

We used the free bikes at our hotel, skipped the over priced coach tour and found this location on our own. It was an easy bike ride using the designated bike paths. The museum is very well done and worth the time and effort to get to. Do both walking paths and spend some time viewing the inside exhibits. Fascinating... More 

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Rugby, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

We went on a grey drizzly morning and had a good visit. The exhibitions are well laid out and informative covering the culture, history and natural history of Alta. The main attraction is outside. Well laid out and maintained walkways take you through the stone art with the fjord providing an ever changing backdrop. Nice cafe too.

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Haugesund, Norway
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Great place to learn about culture of people living there 7000 years ago. Fantastic rock carvings - take a brochure from the museum building as not all carvings, especially ones not painted are difficult to spot. Take both - longer and shorter trails to fully enjoy. In the main museum building there are some exhibitions but less impressive than outdoor... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Recommend highly. Do not miss if you are nearby. Learned their life. Very interesting! Animals, people ...

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago 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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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago 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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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 16, 2016

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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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 11, 2016 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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