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Alta Museum - World Heritage Rock Art Centre

#1 of 3 Museums in Alta
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Address: Altaveien 19, Alta 9518, Norway
Phone Number:
+47 417 56 330
11:00 am - 4:00 pm
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Mon - Fri 9:00 am - 3:00 pm
Sat - Sun 11:00 am - 4:00 pm
Recommended length of visit: 1-2 hours


Experience one of Northern...


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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The Sami culture was exotic in its iconography and yet they lived a precarious existence off the land. A calm and beautifully presented museum.

Reviewed February 4, 2016
Martin S
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Rovaniemi, Finland
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Reviewed February 13, 2016 via mobile

Little bit of this and little bit of that. But for exampel Section about Alta damn was little bit hard to understand what it was about. We knew those things but...i dont think it will open easyly to all people. Too little of that Too little of sami people. Mixed feelings.

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Reviewed February 4, 2016 via mobile

The Sami culture was exotic in its iconography and yet they lived a precarious existence off the land. A calm and beautifully presented museum.

Thank Martin S
Colombo, Sri Lanka
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Reviewed January 24, 2016

Gives you a vast knowledge on Alta and its early civilization. There is a bus service but on Sundays there are no buses.

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Reviewed January 20, 2016 via mobile

Entry costs 7 euros what is it worth! In winter you cant walk the trail so you only see a few stones in the museum and on videos. They also introduce the sami culture. Another exhibition (local art) is in the same building. Downstairs its all about fishing 😀 I would go again at a next visit in norway.

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Reviewed January 8, 2016 via mobile

During winter time, the rock carvings are covered by snow and therefore not accessible to tourists. Nonetheless a small number of carved rocks and stones are on display at the Alta Museum. Easily accessible by local bus, it is 10 minutes from city centre. The museum is pretty small but on the 2 levels it shows Alta history from Prehistory... More 

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Reviewed December 31, 2015 via mobile

I was not a fan of the alta museum itself. The landscape ia beautiful so you can enjoy the walk to the rocks. The museum is huge. There is a walk outside to the rocks and inside there are different parts. The most intressting part for me was the one about sport, especially alpine skiing.

Thank Anna E
Hadlow, United Kingdom
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Reviewed November 22, 2015

If you are this far north, this is certainly worth it. We were very lucky and visited on a warm sunny day in August so had beautiful view across the fjord too. Good guide book, interesting carvings, check out the one that looks like a railway.

Thank HTTcyclist
Hammerfest, Norway
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Reviewed October 11, 2015

When in Alta you must visit this museum. Exhibition bout inside the main building but the best part are the stone paintings on the outside exhibition.

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Reykjavik, Iceland
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Reviewed September 28, 2015

Really well set up, with great museum and very well mad walkway to take you around the Rock Art site with excellent guide material

Thank Tim H
Innisfil, Canada
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Reviewed September 19, 2015

We enjoyed our visit to the museum, parts of the walk are pretty strenuous, but it made up with that fact that you getting a glimpse of over 3000 petroglyphs in an open air museum. Situated on the top of a hill boasting wondrous views of the fjord...you will enjoy strolling along the rock carvings.

Thank Valli C

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