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Lofotr Viking Museum at Borg in Lofoten, Norway - Photo: Lofotr Viking Museum
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Lofotr Viking Museum at Borg in Lofoten, Norway Photo: Lofotr Viking Museum

Typical Norwegian museums

Visit a museum you are unlikely to find anywhere else in the world. Learn more about Norway, its culture and its people.

In Oslo

Munch Museum
Discover the work of Norway's most famous artist at the Munch Museum, which houses the world's largest collection of paintings by the master of expressionism.

Viking Ships Museum
The Vikings were expert seafarers. At the Viking Ships Museum you can see the remains of the impressive ships that carried them on their raids to Europe and further afield.

Fram Museum
Check out the ship Norwegian explorer Roald Amundsen sailed on to reach the South Pole at the Fram Museum. He was the first man ever to do so.

Nobel Peace Center
From Fridtjof Nansen to the Nobel Peace Prize, awarded every year in December in Oslo. Discover the history of Norway as a nation of peace at the Nobel Peace Center.

Ski Museum
"Norwegians are born with skis on their feet", goes a local saying. Find out more about the nation's most popular sport at the Ski Museum in Holmenkollen.

Ibsen Museum
Visit the apartment where Norway's celebrated playwright lived and worked for 11 years. Read more about the Ibsen Museum

Folk Museum
Check out the Folk Museum, one of the largest of its kind in Europe, which boasts an impressive collection of buildings from all over Norway, as well as dozens of different bunad (traditional costumes).

In and around Bergen

Buekorps Museum
You might have heard them march in the streets of Bergen. Find out more about the boys’ brigades, a tradition unique to the city.

Troldhaugen
Join a guided tour of Edvard Grieg's home in Troldhaugen, the villa where the great Norwegian composer lived with his wife Nina for the past two decades of his life.

Ole Bull's home, Lysøen
Norway's most famous violinist, Ole Bull, was a charismatic man, and his home in Lysøen is just as striking and unconventional as he was.

In Stavanger

Norwegian Petroleum Museum
The discovery of petrol in the North Sea in the late 1960s changed the fortunes of Norway forever. The Norwegian Petroleum Museum is a fun place to learn about this success story, and oil in general.

Norwegian Canning Museum
Before that fishing was the mainstay of the Norwegian economy, and Stavanger was a centre for the export of brisling. See how "Norwegian sardines" were gutted, smoked and tinned before being sent on their journey to the far corners of the world. Read more about the Norwegian Canning Museum

In and near Trondheim

Stiklestad
Stiklestad in North-Trøndelag is the battlefield where King Olav Haraldsson (later known as St Olav) fell on 29 July 1030. Learn about this key event in the introduction of Christianity in Norway.

Rockheim
All you ever wanted to know about Norwegian Rock and Pop music, in a brand new building in the harbour area. Read more about Rockheim.

Selbu Museum
Part of the Selbu Museum, the Knitting Collection features woollen socks, stockings and jumpers displaying the starred black-and-white pattern that is now famous the world over.

Elsewhere in Norway

Lofotr Viking Museum, Lofoten
Take a trip back in time and experience life as a Viking in this 83-metre-long chieftain house at the Lofotr Viking Museum.

Morgedal Ski Museum, Telemark
Morgedal is known as the cradle of modern skiing, and the Morgedal Ski Museum recounts the development of the sport over the last 4,000 years.

Norwegian Forest Museum, Elverum
Vast areas of Norway are covered by forests, and hunting, fishing and forestry are intimately linked to the Norwegian psyche. Read more about the Norwegian Forest Museum.

Norwegian Olympic Museum, Lillehammer
Learn about the 1994 Lillehammer Winter Olympics, the largest sporting event ever hosted on Norwegian soil, at the Norwegian Olympic Museum.

Maihaugen Museum, Lillehammer
Take a look at some of the 190 buildings and 50,000 artefacts depicting life in the Gudbrandsdalen Valley at this big open-air folk museum. The Maihaugen Museum is one of Norway's most popular.

Whaling Museum, Sandefjord
Whaling is a controversial topic these days, yet it remains an important part of the Norwegian heritage. Find out why at the Norwegian Whaling Museum.

Norwegian Klippfisk Museum, Kristiansund
At the Norwegian Klippfisk Museum you can learn about one of Norway's most famous exports, salted split cod, the fish used to make bacalao among other dishes.

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Last updated:  2013-09-11
At the Viking Ship Museum in Oslo you can see the Oseberg Ship, among others - Photo: Nancy Bundt/Visit Oslo
At the Viking Ship Museum in Oslo you can see the Oseberg Ship, among others
Learn about the Norwegian oil industry at the Petroleum Museum in Stavanger - Photo: CH/www.visitnorway.com
Learn about the Norwegian oil industry at the Petroleum Museum in Stavanger
The St. Olav Drama is performed at Stiklestad in Trøndelag every year - Photo: Stiklestad/Leif Arne Holme
The St. Olav Drama is performed at Stiklestad in Trøndelag every year
Maihaugen in Lillehammer regularly hosts recitals and concerts - Photo: Maihaugen
Maihaugen in Lillehammer regularly hosts recitals and concerts

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Lofotr Viking Museum at Borg in Lofoten, Norway - Photo: Lofotr Viking Museum

Typical Norwegian museums

Visit a museum you are unlikely to find anywhere else in the world. Learn more about Norway, its culture and its people.

Typical Norwegian museums

Source: Visitnorway

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