Alta Museum - World Heritage Rock Art Centre

Alta Museum - World Heritage Rock Art Centre

Alta Museum - World Heritage Rock Art Centre
4.5
Speciality MuseumsHistoric SitesNatural History Museums
11:00 AM - 4:00 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
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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.
Duration: 1-2 hours
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  • Jill K
    Bryn Athyn, Pennsylvania33 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    Alta Museum
    A very nice Museum with lots of Rock art inside and out. We were there in the winter so all the outside was covered in snow. Lot's of nice exhibits in the museum. A very nice gift shop. Went on a tour from our Viking cruise ship.
    Dear Jill Thank you for visitning and giving us your kind review. We always love having the guests from Viking cruise here, they are so friendly! Hope to see you again!
    Written March 30, 2023
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    Visited February 2023
    Written March 10, 2023
  • Petra Giede-Barnes
    8 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Unforgettably wonderful!
    The most welcoming place with amazing views and staff. Karianne Antila helped me patiently finding the best carving for my sculptures. There are stunning displays for every age, videos, music, souvenirs, gallery, food,...We felt so at home, we didn't really want to go home! An unforgettable experience and we didn't even go outside as it was on the 12.2. and snow was everywhere. Thank You!!!!
    Thank you so much for your kind review. We will make sure Karianne gets your greatings too. We really appreciate your heart warming comments. Hope to see you again at another occation :)
    Written March 30, 2023
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    Visited February 2023
    Written March 26, 2023
  • Barry B
    Andover, United Kingdom114 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Fascinating site and museum in beautiful Altafjord
    A UNESCO world heritage site very much worth visiting. Allow a good half day to do it justice. Go on a sunny day if you can. The on phone audio guide is excellent
    Thank you so much for visiting and giving us your kind review. Good to hear that you liked our audio guides! Welcome back at another occation!
    Written June 29, 2023
    This response is the subjective opinion of the management representative and not of Tripadvisor LLC.
    Visited June 2023
    Traveled as a couple
    Written June 8, 2023
  • dragginfly2
    Newry, Maine71 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    UNESCO site
    We arrived in Alta by cruise ship, which tendered. The local bus 140 stops right across the street and went directly to the museum. Don’t worry about getting a ticket, paid on board. We spent the afternoon at the Alta Museum. (After a morning on the salmon farm trip also at the dock.) The inside was very informative, with a wide variety of displays. There is also a cafe and gift shop. We got the audio guide for the walk outside and it made the walk much more meaningful. The petroglyphs in different parts of the walk are from different time periods. The artistic developments are visible. The walk mostly paved or boardwalks with some incline as you proceed further. The petroglyphs at the beginning have been highlighted in red so they are easy to see. Further on they have been cleaned off without paint but you can still make them out. This is a stop not to be missed if you like history and a lovely walk.
    Thank you for visiting and giving us your kind review. It is nice to hear that you enjoyed the audio guides as well. Hope to see you again at another occation!
    Written July 6, 2023
    This response is the subjective opinion of the management representative and not of Tripadvisor LLC.
    Visited June 2023
    Traveled as a couple
    Written July 2, 2023
  • Birgitta-Kenneth
    Solna, Sweden1,483 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Absolutely a must-do
    This was so good and so nice in a spectacular environment with a scenery that is so so nice. They have uncovered rock art within a large area and you will be able to walk around it with a pamphlet, that comes with the entrance fee, that explains and points out the interesting things that you do not always see depending on the light. Do not forget to pay a visit to the indoor museum as well as it is worth it! Great place!
    Thank you so much for visiting and for giving us your kind review. It is much appreciated! Welcome back at another occation!
    Written August 21, 2023
    This response is the subjective opinion of the management representative and not of Tripadvisor LLC.
    Visited July 2023
    Traveled with friends
    Written August 8, 2023
  • pfefmeister
    San Francisco, California3,034 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    Quick Visit
    Our tour organizer kind of rushed us through this fascinating site, much to our frustration. We were only allowed to do the ‘lollipop’ loop which was nice, but too quick. Not allowed to do the longer route due to time constraints. The museum is fine and worth a quick stop. Great vistas with fall colors was the best part. Take a bus from town and save a lot of money and do it on your own pace. The Hurtigruten tour was a ripoff.
    Hi and thank you for giving us your feedback. It is true that you can really take your time here with us if you are interested. Some of the organized tours probably have a tighter schedule. Anyway; hope to see you again at another occation!
    Written October 31, 2023
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    Visited October 2023
    Traveled as a couple
    Written October 1, 2023
  • Pernille T
    9 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    Informative and with a great view from the cafe
    Lots of information and themes to explore. We particularly enjoyed the bit about the rock carvings and northern lights research. Sadly, we arrived just as the snow came, so we did not se the rock carvings. Have the weather in mind, if you want to see the carvings. The café had a large variety of snacks, but the best part was the view over the fjord.
    Thank you for visiting ang giving us your kind review. Hopefully you will have a chance at another time to experience our lovely rock art outdoors.
    Written October 31, 2023
    This response is the subjective opinion of the management representative and not of Tripadvisor LLC.
    Visited October 2023
    Traveled as a couple
    Written October 17, 2023
  • Matt L
    London, United Kingdom26 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    A shining little light in the Arctic 💙🇳🇴
    Second time here and the Alta museum is as charming and interesting as ever. With the superb rock art exhibit and lots of into on the Sami and Alta, this museum is terrific. I love the stunning fjord at the back too - great for pictures! The souvenir shop is great - and I still use the Northern Lights water bottle from my first visit in December 22 for the gym! Additionally, the two Aurora fridge magnets and Northern Lights key ring are great reminders of a little gem of a museum. There’s a nice cafè too and the staff are relaxed, pleasant and polite. If you come to Alta, the Alta Museum is a must. Highly recommended.
    Visited January 2024
    Traveled solo
    Written February 1, 2024
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mberlin2015
Berlin, Germany229 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
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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Andrewsk8s
Trondheim, Norway296 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
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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carlf293
Alta, Norway13 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jan 2020
There is a lovely footpath winding through the rock art sites with a number of very interesting scenes. The museum itself, both the building as such and the exhibits inside, is worth spending time on. After the cultural roundtrip outside and inside, the cafeteria wether the weather moves you to an inside or outside coffebreak, take it.
Written March 6, 2020
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Bergbahnn
Beavercreek, OH380 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
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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HanneElina
Oulu, Finland36 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
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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Bill M
Chicago, IL12 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jan 2020
So my visit was in the winter but you can still view “real” rock art . A summer visit would be even more spectacular as you can view the rock art in situ via an elevated walkway. I regress, some large rock fragments, with unbelievable carvings, are located in the museum. There is a Sami exhibit as well. Downstairs you will find a large exhibit devoted to salmon fishing which is the most important life activity of the folks in this area for way to many reasons to put in this review. Not on my bucket list but a first, I used the WC which was located in a “fall out shelter”. Too young to know what I’m talking about, google it.
Written January 20, 2020
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Jane P
Region of Waterloo, Canada507 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
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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Odysseus27
Oslo, Norway163 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Oct 2022 • Couples
This is a must-see, for everyone! This museum is very special and important, it’s for a reason it’s on the UNESCO World Heritage list.
We were greeted by friendly staff who gave us a brochure and a lot of information, and then we started the walk outside to look at the rock carvings. The brochure was very informative, but you could also get the info on audio. It was about a 4-5km long walk with lots of wonderful carvings to look at. The weather was great that day, and the view and surroundings are truly beautiful.

Inside there was a tiny café and we enjoyed coffee and cake after the walk outside, before we explored the exhibitions inside. It was very exciting, and we learned a lot. Afterwards we spent some money at the museum gift shop which had excellent collection of local crafts, books, jewelry and much more.
Take your time when you visit this place, it’s truly worth it!
Written October 7, 2022
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Thank you so much for your kind and informativ review! It was so nice to hear that you enjoyed your visit. Welcome back at another occation!
Written November 24, 2022
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Spooncl
39 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jul 2019
Some rock carvings are worn out so the crew here used red paint to trace it. I think it is a good idea because people can see the rock carving clearly. Furthermore, there are lots of rock carving for me to see.
Written January 22, 2020
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maplechief
Trondheim, Norway9 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
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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