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“the history of Norweigan oil - very educational”

Norwegian Petroleum Museum
Ranked #4 of 98 things to do in Stavanger
Certificate of Excellence
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Recommended length of visit: 1-2 hours
Owner description: A Dynamic Museum for a Dynamic IndustryNorwegian Petroleum Museum is a museum for everyone. Its exhibits explain how oil and gas are created, disovered and produced, and what they are used for. The museum also provides informastion about technological advances and the way petroleum influences Norwegian society. Original objects, models, films and interactive exhibits illustrate everything from everyday life offshore to technology and dramatic incidents. The curious cat Petro serves as a guide through the museum's science centre.The museum was designed by architects Lunde & Løvseth, and is an attraction in itself. Its architecture is a scenographic interpretation of the Norwegian bedrock, the open coastal landscape and the offshore oil installations. Architechtural reviews have said that there is hardly a building in Norway which signals its function as obviously as the Norwegian Petroleum Museum. The museum was opened in 1999.
Useful Information: Wheelchair access, Activities for older children, Food available for purchase, Stairs / elevator, Activities for young children, Lockers / storage
Reviewed September 6, 2013

A great interactive museum that is extremely educational – there is even a soft play oil platform for the kids to play on. You will also learn that Norway is the most responsible petroleum producer on the planet – oil is not perfect but the Norwegians could teach the world many things.

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Reviewed September 3, 2013

This is a great place which will update you about Norway's Oil Industry. the unusual architecture had made this museum a landmark

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Reviewed September 3, 2013

Went to this museum as my husband deals with the industry. While he definitely spent more time on the exhibits than I did, I still found the museum very interesting. The museum is well laid out and explains the ways and whys of oil drilling, both good and bad.

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Reviewed August 29, 2013

Museum has a unique focus on oil drilling off the Norwegian coast over the last 40 years, recounting the evolution of technologies, celebrating the ingenuity of those driving it forward and not shying away from the tough questions either, bringing all this to life with a clever mix of different media, including 3D video, scale models, scientific displays as well as actual objects from off-shore operations. Planned to spend maybe 1.5 hrs and ended up spending 3 because it was so interesting.

Thank BusyBerliner
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Reviewed August 27, 2013

Museum/ Permanent exhibition covering the history, geology, engineering, workers and impact on the environment. Having taking in the cathedral, canning museum and Lysjefiord on a previous occasion, this given the unpromising weather,was a great option. The museum has a main exhibition hall with intricate models of oil rigs and equipment also a series of interconnected rooms with interactive stations re energy sources as well as natural history through the ages showing the formation of oil deposits. The glass phials of oils of different viscosity from various parts of different fields almost looked like a wine tasting. Upstairs and outside were representations of offshore installations including a presentation of the working environment on a drilling rig and a chance to sit at the the controls of a drill. For the children and young at heart you can take to the escape chute- a rather grown up version of a playground slide. The cost of extracting the oil, which can so easily be taken for granted,is told in the account of the Alexander L. Kielland tragedy and the consequent safety improvements. Reduced rate for Seniors.

Thank ChrisC46
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