We noticed that you're using an unsupported browser. The TripAdvisor website may not display properly.We support the following browsers:
Windows: Internet Explorer, Mozilla Firefox, Google Chrome. Mac: Safari.

Exclusively commissioned by TripAdvisor

93%
Found this guide helpful

On your visit to Oslo, explore the many museums and get to know the city by learning all about its roots, folklore, and the many changes that have molded it into the place it is today. Find out about its most valuable explorers, flora and fauna, fashion, art, design, film history, and even about skiing in the area. Follow this guide to the best of Oslo's museums, which are packed with informative exhibitions to help you get straight to the heart of the city.

Good for
  • History Buff
  • Thrill Seeker
  • Art and Architecture Lover
  • Nature Lover
  • Peace and Quiet Seeker
  • LGBT
  • Thrifty Traveler
  • Trendsetter
  • Like a Local

10 Places

6 City Tips

Print
Map

10 Places

Fram Polar Ship Museum

History Museums, Ships, Specialty Museums

The Norwegian Museum of Cultural History

Points of Interest & Landmarks, History Museums, Historic Sites, Architectural Buildings, Theme Parks

Natural History Museum

Natural History Museums

National Museum - National Gallery

Art Museums

Holmenkollen Ski Museum and Ski Jump Tower

Specialty Museums

Norwegian Maritime Museum

Military Museums, History Museums

Film Museum

Specialty Museums

The Kon-Tiki Museum

Children's Museums, History Museums, Specialty Museums, Points of Interest & Landmarks, Private Tours

Vigeland Museum

Art Museums

Barbara A's City Tips

  • Be sure to bring warm clothes as the temperature can be unpredictable at times, even in summer.
  • Keep in mind that the best times to visit Oslo are from March to August, when temperatures rise and prices go down!
  • Check the seasonal public transport prices on Oslo's official website.
  • There are several ways to move around Oslo, depending on your budget. You can choose the bus system, trams, metro, and ferry, or you can opt to rent a car or bike, or use taxis.
  • There are different types of taxis to choose from, from helicopters to boats to VIP services, all depending on your budget.
  • Get an Oslo Pass, which will give you free entrance to several museums, attractions, and even public rides. (Be sure to check which premises offer discounts for those with Oslo Passes in advance.)
  • Save
    Fram Polar Ship Museum
    History Museums, Ships, Specialty Museums
    See more photos
    Barbara A Says:

    If you are a history fanatic, this museum is not to be missed! Discover the dangers faced by the crew when traveling into the depths of the Arctic and Antarctic by experiencing the simulator or — if you're not feeling that adventurous — simply step into the ship to learn how the crew managed to survive on their travels, and all about the men who made all these journeys possible.

    Good for
    • Must See
    • Solo
    • Friends
    • History Buff
    • Couples
    • Thrill Seeker
    • Senior
    • Family
    Tips
    • The museum is open daily from 10am to 4, 5 or 6pm, depending on the season.
    • Entrance is free with an Oslo Pass.
    Plan to stay:
    2-3 hours
    From the community
    Ranked #8 of 410 things to do in Oslo
    Certificate of Excellence 2014
    • Disorganized, but Fascinating 09/24/2018
    • Ready to Embark on a New Adventure on an Old Ship? 09/23/2018
    • Fram Polar Ship Museum
    Address:
    Bygdoeynesveien 39
    Oslo 0286
    Norway
    Phone:
    +47 23 28 29 50
    Price range:
    $1 - $1
    Hours:
    Sun - Sat
    10:00 AM - 6:00 PM
    Other:
  • Save
    The Norwegian Museum of Cultural History
    Points of Interest & Landmarks, History Museums, Historic Sites, Architectural Buildings, Theme Parks
    See more photos
    Barbara A Says:

    This is another must-see when in Oslo, with more than a hundred traditional houses and a beautiful antique church to explore. The indoor exhibition is filled with artifacts that give you a glimpse into the lives of those living in this area, and how their lives have changed over time — perfect for curious history-buffs!

    Good for
    • Must See
    • Solo
    • Friends
    • History Buff
    • Couples
    • Senior
    • Family
    Tips
    • Be sure to come in summer to enjoy bonus activities such as traditional carriage rides.
    • Keep an eye on the schedules so you don't miss the special events that are held here; like folk dancing, or arts and crafts activities, suitable for all.
    • The museum opens daily from 10 or 11am to 3, 4 or 6pm, depending on the season.
    • Children under 6 years old and holders of the Oslo Pass, can enter for free.
    Plan to stay:
    2-3 hours
    From the community
    Ranked #11 of 410 things to do in Oslo
    Certificate of Excellence 2014
    • Superb 09/23/2018
    • Avoid during off-season! 09/23/2018
    • The Norwegian Museum of Cultural History
    Address:
    Museumsveien 10
    Oslo 0287
    Norway
    Phone:
    +47 22 12 37 00
    Price range:
    $2 - $2
    Hours:
    Sun - Sat
    10:00 AM - 6:00 PM
    Other:
  • Save
    Natural History Museum
    Natural History Museums
    See more photos
    Barbara A Says:

    A great place to take the little ones, or for anyone interested in learning more about nature, as there is something for everyone here. Discover an incredible array of collections held at the Zoological Museum or the Mineral-Geological Museum, and the wonders of the Botanical Gardens and greenhouses. This is an awesome place, where you could easily spend a whole day!

    Good for
    • Must See
    • Solo
    • Friends
    • History Buff
    • Couples
    • Senior
    • Family
    • Nature Lover
    Tips
    • Be sure not the miss the amazing T-rex and learn more about what paleontologists discovered about it!
    • All the facilities are open daily, from 7am to 9pm, but only access to the Botanical Gardens is free.
    • If you have an Oslo Pass, entrance is free!
    Plan to stay:
    2-3 hours
    From the community
    Ranked #63 of 410 things to do in Oslo
    • Great place to visit for children and adults alike 09/16/2018
    • A nice diversion with pretty grounds 08/17/2018
    • Natural History Museum
    Address:
    Sars' gate 1
    Zoological, Mineral and Geological Museum
    Oslo 0562
    Norway
    Phone:
    +47 22 85 16 30
    Hours:
    Tue - Sun
    11:00 AM - 4:00 PM
    Other:
  • Save
    National Museum - National Gallery
    Art Museums
    See more photos
    Barbara A Says:

    Although small, this is a great place to visit for anyone who is passionate about art! You'll be surprised by the vast collection, which has the artwork of international and national artists; and not only paintings, there are sculptures too. While walking around, you'll have time to admire and understand the iconic art left behind by French impressionists and artists of the romantic period. This a must that will elevate your creativity to a whole new level!

    Good for
    • Must See
    • Thrifty Traveler
    • Solo
    • Friends
    • History Buff
    • Couples
    • Senior
    • Family
    • Art and Architecture Lover
    Tips
    • Pay a visit to the Drawing Room, where you'll have a great time experimenting and finding your inner artist.
    • Visit here on a Sunday when entry is free!
    • For children under 6 and those who own an Oslo Pass, entrance is free.
    • The museum opens from Tuesday to Sunday, from 10 or 11am to 5, 6 or 7pm, depending on the season.
    Plan to stay:
    2-3 hours
    From the community
    Ranked #12 of 410 things to do in Oslo
    Certificate of Excellence 2014
    • Huge Fan! 09/24/2018
    • Good collection of art, easy to see 09/23/2018
    • National Museum - National Gallery
    Address:
    Universitetsgata 13
    Oslo 0164
    Norway
    Phone:
    +47 22 20 04 04
    Hours:
    Tue - Wed
    10:00 AM - 6:00 PM
    Thu
    10:00 AM - 7:00 PM
    Fri
    10:00 AM - 6:00 PM
    Sat - Sun
    11:00 AM - 5:00 PM
    Other:
  • Save
    Holmenkollen Ski Museum and Ski Jump Tower
    Specialty Museums
    See more photos
    Barbara A Says:

    Whether skiing is your thing or not, don't miss the experience of visiting the Ski Museum. Uncover the the history behind the sport — as well as other exhibits with artifacts from polar explorations — while also delighting your eyes with the gorgeous view from the top of the tower, believe me... it's simply amazing!

    Good for
    • Must See
    • Solo
    • Friends
    • History Buff
    • Couples
    • Thrill Seeker
    • Senior
    • Family
    Tips
    • Be sure to stop to grab a cup of coffee at the café after enjoying the skiing simulator, another must when coming here.
    • The museum is open daily from from 9 or 10am to 4, 5 or 8pm, depending on the season.
    • If you have an Oslo Pass, entrance is free.
    Plan to stay:
    1-2 hours
    From the community
    Ranked #24 of 410 things to do in Oslo
    Certificate of Excellence 2014
    • The history of skiing displayed 09/19/2018
    • Nice, but not very exciting 09/16/2018
    • Holmenkollen Ski Museum and Ski Jump Tower
    Address:
    Kongeveien 5
    Oslo 0787
    Norway
    Phone:
    +47 22 92 32 00
    Price range:
    $2 - $2
    Hours:
    Sun - Sat
    10:00 AM - 4:00 PM
    Other:
  • Save
    Norwegian Maritime Museum
    Military Museums, History Museums
    See more photos
    Barbara A Says:

    Apart from being interested in the voyages that many brave explorers took towards the Arctic, you might want to know more about the vessels that allowed them to succeed on these journeys. At the Maritime Museum, you can learn more about the different models that were used throughout the years and how these improved as technology and knowledge moved on.

    Good for
    • Peace and Quiet Seeker
    • Must See
    • Hidden Gems
    • Like a Local
    • Solo
    • Friends
    • History Buff
    • Couples
    • Senior
    • Family
    Tips
    • Enjoy the games and interactive activities that will keep you — and little ones — entertained while learning here.
    • Don't forget to take a break and stop at the café to grab a snack or a beverage.
    • The museum opens from Friday to Tuesday, from 10am to 3, 4 or 5pm, depending on the season.
    • The entrance is free if you have an Oslo Pass.
    Plan to stay:
    2-3 hours
    From the community
    Ranked #51 of 410 things to do in Oslo
    Certificate of Excellence 2014
    • Spend Time on Upper Floor Exhibits 08/27/2018
    • Disappointing compared to the rest 08/27/2018
    • Norwegian Maritime Museum
    Address:
    Bygdoeynesveien 37
    Oslo 0286
    Norway
    Phone:
    +47 24 11 41 50
    Other:
  • Save
    Film Museum
    Specialty Museums
    Barbara A Says:

    For cinema-lovers, stop by the Film Museum to learn more about the the film industry of Norway — how it all started and how the technology began to change. You'll discover what was used to produce the very first movies but you can also take a peek into the archives to find out what films were about at that time. It is truly a marvelous place to enjoy!

    Good for
    • Must See
    • Trendsetter
    • Hidden Gems
    • Like a Local
    • Solo
    • Friends
    • History Buff
    • Couples
    • Senior
    • Family
    Tips
    • Be sure to stop by the shop as you could find some old classic or modern independent movies to take back home.
    • There is also a nice café where you can take a break and indulge in some snacks with family and friends.
    • Keep in mind that the museum closes every year in July.
    • It opens daily, from 10.30am, 12 or 1pm to 5 or 9pm, depending on the date and season.
    • Entrance is free for everybody, so there's no excuse not to visit here!
    Plan to stay:
    2-3 hours
    From the community
    Ranked #143 of 410 things to do in Oslo
    • Better than expected! 04/18/2017
    • Average 12/17/2016
    • Film Museum
    Address:
    Dronningens gate 16
    Oslo 0152
    Norway
    Phone:
    +47 22 47 45 00
    Other:
  • Save
    The Kon-Tiki Museum
    Children's Museums, History Museums, Specialty Museums, Points of Interest & Landmarks, Private Tours
    See more photos
    Barbara A Says:

    Want to learn more about ancient historic voyages? Head to the Kon-Tiki Museum, which exhibits all that you need to know about a brave man called, Thor Heyerdahl, who traveled many different prehistoric journeys in order to resolve questions people had about past generations. A visit to this museum is sure to fill you with plenty of information and a real sense of adventure!

    Good for
    • Must See
    • Solo
    • Friends
    • History Buff
    • Couples
    • Senior
    • Family
    Tips
    • Be sure not to miss the Ra II and Tigris boats exhibitions.
    • Stop by the gift shop — you might find some cool and cute knick-knacks!
    • The museum opens daily, from 9.30 or 10am to 4, 5 or 6pm, depending on the date and season.
    • For children under 6 and those who own an Oslo Pass, entrance is free.
    Plan to stay:
    2-3 hours
    From the community
    Ranked #3 of 67 Tours in Oslo
    Certificate of Excellence 2014
    • For Thor Heyerdahl fans and people who enjoy great adventures 09/24/2018
    • Interesting history 09/23/2018
    • The Kon-Tiki Museum
    Address:
    Bygdoeynesveien 36
    Oslo 0286
    Norway
    Phone:
    +47 23 08 67 67
    Price range:
    $2 - $2
    Hours:
    Sun - Sat
    10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
    Other:
  • Save
    Vigeland Museum
    Art Museums
    See more photos
    Barbara A Says:

    Perfect for art and architecture lovers, you'll discover works of Gustav Vigeland that will blow you away inside this beautiful neoclassical structure. Exhibitions are always changing, but the ambiance is never lost due to the true beauty that lies in each of Vigeland's unique works. Be sure to take your time to admire each piece and try to understand his message.

    Good for
    • Peace and Quiet Seeker
    • Must See
    • Solo
    • Friends
    • History Buff
    • Couples
    • Senior
    • Family
    • Art and Architecture Lover
    Tips
    • Make sure you explore every corner of his beautiful home so you don't miss anything!
    • The museum is closed on Monday and Thursday, and is open from 10am or 12pm until 4 or 5pm during the rest of the week. (The times depend on the date and season.)
    • For those who own an Oslo Pass, entrance is free.
    Plan to stay:
    2-3 hours
    From the community
    Ranked #7 of 410 things to do in Oslo
    Certificate of Excellence 2014
    • Beautiful Park and Museum 09/23/2018
    • Fascinating Attraction 09/22/2018
    • Vigeland Museum
    Address:
    Nobels gate 32
    Frogner Park
    Oslo 0268
    Norway
    Phone:
    +47 23 49 37 00
    Hours:
    Tue - Sun
    12:00 PM - 4:00 PM
    Other:
top
×
Was this guide helpful?
YesNo