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Alta Museum - World Heritage Rock Art Centre
Ranked #1 of 31 things to do in Alta
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Recommended length of visit: 1-2 hours
Owner description: 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.
Reviewed May 6, 2014

We enjoyed a visit to this museum. It was varied and educational. Definitly worth it if you are looking to kill an afternoon with bad weather or would like to know a little bit more about the city and its environment. Not spectacular though but that might not be expected of a smaller scale museum.

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"nice walk"
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"stone age"
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"stone carvings"
in 5 reviews
"audio guide"
in 5 reviews
"sami culture"
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"worth a visit"
in 8 reviews
"nice cafe"
in 3 reviews
"indoor exhibition"
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"a short bus ride"
in 2 reviews
"hour walk"
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"overlooking the lake"
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"lovely scenery"
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"shorter route"
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"plants and trees"
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"painted red"
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"snow and ice"
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"main building"
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Reviewed April 17, 2014

The main thing to note is that if you go during the winter you do not get to see most of the rock art as they are outside and covered with snow. To see all the outdoor art involves a walk of about 4Km.
This is not meant to detract from the exhibits indoors which are many, varied and instructive, centred around a number of themes.
Apart from the indoor rock art exhibition we saw extensive displays on the northern lights, salmon fishing, ski jumping/flying and a series of pictures by John Andreas Savio (1902-1938) a respected Sami artist.
Easy to get there by bus from the "bus station" costs about 30Kr and you can get back on a single ticket if you don't take too long.
Perfectly possible to walk back, its flat-ish, which will enable you to call in at the Russian Market.
The tourist office in Alta is well hidden in the library and did not seem to be open very often. As an alternative the front desk staff at the Rica Hotel were amazingly helpful and had all the leaflets and timetables we wanted.
As an interesting aside, in the basement is one of the many Norwegian bomb shelters built at the height of the cold war and designed to withstand a (not too close) nuclear blast. You go down there to visit the toilets! At one time all new public buildings had to have such a shelter incorporated into their design.

2  Thank Lewis_the_Barman
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Reviewed March 29, 2014

Very good museum with lots to see. Good display of the rock carvings found nearby. Lovely views and a great terrace to sit with a coffee.

1  Thank Norman S
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Reviewed March 24, 2014

Unfortunately we were only able to view the indoor exhibition of this museum, as the rock carvings outside were covered in snow and ice. We were pleasantly surprised by how well thought through the exhibition was. It was very interesting, and we learnt a lot even though we could not see the "main feature" outside.

Thank joniko5
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Reviewed March 13, 2014

The Alta rock carvings are extraordinary in that they are not only located in the most stunning location with superb views of the Altafjord, they prove that the Sami people had learned to ski and were herding reindeer between 4000 and 6000 years ago! Not surprisingly they are listed as a UNESCO World Heritage Site. The carvings are situated adjacent to the equally superb Alta Museum a 13 kilometre bus ride from the Thon Hotel in Alta - a ride which in itself is worth it just for the spectacular views. The Alta Museum also has a café serving coffee, cakes, biscuits and sandwiches.

Thank samhallart2013
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