Alta Museum - World Heritage Rock Art Centre

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Alta Museum - World Heritage Rock Art Centre

Alta Museum - World Heritage Rock Art Centre
4.5
Speciality Museums • Historic Sites • Natural History Museums
9:00 AM - 3:00 PM
Monday
9:00 AM - 3:00 PM
Tuesday
9:00 AM - 3:00 PM
Wednesday
9:00 AM - 3:00 PM
Thursday
9:00 AM - 3:00 PM
Friday
9:00 AM - 3:00 PM
Saturday
11:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Sunday
11:00 AM - 4:00 PM
About
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.
Suggested duration
1-2 hours
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banzainarvik
Province of Granada, Spain8 contributions
Really nice walk
Sep 2021 • Family
Really interesting stone paintings, amazing short walk near the fiord.
The staff are so nice and explain all you need to know to visit the place.
You can do the visit with stroller.
The ticket includes the exhibitions, and you can go to the bathroom in toilet from a cold war era.
Written September 27, 2021
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Thank you for visiting and giving us your kind review. The bathrooms in the old bomb shelter is a curiosity in itself, it is cool that you noticed it :)
Written October 5, 2021
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Marius P
Oslo, Norway1,529 contributions
Surprisingly good museum
May 2021 • Couples
A good museum about sami culture and rock carvings. Was surprised how much it was and have well it was layer out. Voted Europe's best museum in 1993.
Written May 14, 2021
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Thank you for visiting and for giving us your kind review. Welcome back at another occasion!
Written May 19, 2021
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maplechief
Trondheim, Norway9 contributions
Interesting and informative
Feb 2021
Lots of information packed into this museum! Unfortunately our visit was in February so we couldn't take the walking path to see the rock art in place, but there were samples in the museum with plenty of additional information. There was a great exhibition on Norwegian propaganda during WWII at the time we visited.

The café also has a fantastic view over the fjord.
Written February 14, 2021
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Thank you for visiting and giving us your kind review! Hopefully you will be able to see the rock art if you visit Alta again in the snow free period of the year.
Written February 16, 2021
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Slotinsh
Oslo, Norway262 contributions
Bit sad
Sep 2020 • Couples
By all means, museum as museum is great. They have inside and outside exhibitions. For me what makes things a bit sad is the way they present some areas. Alta has a large number of Sámi, in museum they offer artworks and jewelry with Sámi motives. But then when comes to info reference(for example signs where is shop and so on) Sámi text is made as fading away. Felt like-we make money on Sámi history but we fade and hide shelf’s in corners.
Didn’t felt right
Written September 9, 2020
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Thank you for visiting and for giving us your feedback! We are of course very proud of the fact that Alta has been (and still are) a community of Samis, Norwegians and Quæns. In our shop we try to reflect this by offering products made by local people who cherish these traditions, most of them being of Sami heritage themself. Many of these businesses don't have other employees than the owner, so we feel it is both our duty and our pleasure to give them an arena to sell their products, to tell their story and give them a chance of makeing a livelihood. So I am very sorry if this did not come across! We will make sure yhat we always do our best to show how proud we are of Alta's rich history. But again - thanks for letting us know how it made you feel. It is always good to have non-local perspective on what we do, so we can rethink it again. Best wishes
Written October 8, 2020
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mberlin2015
Berlin, Germany229 contributions
Artists lived her 5000 years ago
Aug 2020
I passed through Alta on my way to the Nordkapp. This is one of the few UNESCO world heritage sites in Norway and absolutely not to be missed. Take an hour or two and walk down the path from the museum towards the more than 5000 years old stone carvings -- the artistry is really astonishing - and there are lots of carvings ... lots , and lots ! Spend a few quid extra for the Audio guide the audio descriptions are phenomenal and make for the best experience.
Written August 16, 2020
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Thank you for your kind review. It is good to hear that you liked our audioguides. We have put a lot of resources into makeing them nice to listen to :) Thanks for visiting, hope to see you again sometime!
Written August 25, 2020
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finnegg
Helsinki, Finland28 contributions
Great museum
Jul 2020
The museum is made up of an inside part and outside walks to see the rock art. The inside part was pretty good but the walks were our favourite part. Just imagine that people were creating the art up to 7000 years ago. Very easy walks, with nice and safe walkways
Written August 1, 2020
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Thank you for your kind review and for visiting us! Hope you had a nice holiday!
Written August 25, 2020
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Andrewsk8s
Trondheim, Norway277 contributions
Very Interesting Anthropological Site, Good Museum
Jul 2020
I was really not sure what to expect when I stopped here. I only knew that it is a UNESCO World Heritage Site and to me it has always denoted something precious that I should go out of my way to see (because I have been to some that have tragically been destroyed since).

I think that it would be helpful to know that this attraction is really at least two separate things. The museum building is an interesting and eclectic collection of Alta history, local culture and art. Very little is actually about the rock drawings, so know that up front.

The main rock images site is located on the grounds. It is either a 1.2 kilometer loop to the main site outdoors, or, a 3 kilometer loop, including an up hill climb, to see all of the rock carvings. I will just say that the rock images only have that gravity and historic significance if you are old enough to understand their age (that a human being was there 7000 years ago making those images). In other words, kids will probably not get it.

The paths are paved or boardwalked with railings so it is easily wheelchair accessible and decently graded that the frail can make the hike. There are even rest benches along the way. Make sure you use the restroom before your hike though.

The museum has interesting displays for all ages. There are exhibits on Alta history (fishing, skiing, Talvik treasure, the Sami people, statuary, and snow mobiles). It was a good museum, but if you are here to see the rock carvings, I can say that it is not that necessary to see it all. The gift shoppe is excellent. Lots of interesting and relevant things.

It is amazing that these petroglyphs are outside in the extreme weather and have lasted all of these thousands of years, and not even speaking of endless generations of vandals or naysayers. If you have any interest at all in witnessing a bit of cultural history firsthand, I recommend a short sidetrip.
Written July 20, 2020
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Thank you for your kind and thorough review! We really apreciate all your input and know it will be usefull for other travellers! Welcome back at another occation!
Written August 24, 2020
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HanneElina
Oulu, Finland35 contributions
A pleasant visit
Jul 2020 • Family
Especially the sceneries were amazing! It was lovely to walk the 3 km path looking at the historical rock art and at the same time admire the scenery. The rock artists 7000 yrs ago have chosen good place 😉 It was good the museum provided the paper guide also in Finnish. As well as with other most common languages.
Written July 14, 2020
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Thank you for visiting and for your kind review! :) Hyvästi!
Written August 24, 2020
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Bergbahnn
Beavercreek, OH378 contributions
An Interesting Look at the Past
Feb 2020
The museum sits well outside of town, and the drive gives you a look at several beautiful panoramas. We were there on a snowy February day so our visit was limited to inside the museum. Their displays were world class and very informative. I only wish we could have seen the rock art outside! They also have a small canteen where you can get a cup of coffee and a light meal.
Written April 19, 2020
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Thank you for visiting and for your kind review!
Written June 29, 2020
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Jane P
Region of Waterloo, Canada448 contributions
Interesting museum; great gift shop
Mar 2020
The introduction video is well done & explains the rock carvings. The museum is not very big inside. Allot more time if you are visiting when there is no snow on the ground - the actual rock carvings are outside & can be viewed from a boardwalk. The carvings inside are replicas.

The gift shop here is fantastic! It includes a wide selection of items & nearly all are made in Norway. Even if you don't want to visit the museum, come here to shop.
Written March 16, 2020
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