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The Historical Museum

The largest collection of items from pre-historic times and the Middle Ages found in Norway.

Travel back in time at Norway’s largest collection of artefacts from prehistoric times and the Middle Ages.

What did the people of the past think, believe and know? How did they organise their lives, their belongings, and their knowledge? Experience some of the most exquisite objects from the Norwegian Viking Age, such as ornate swords, gold jewellery, and an exceedingly rare Viking helmet.

See an extensive collection of religious artefacts from the Middle Ages. Learn about the people of the Norwegian Stone Age, explore the Egyptian mummies and gain insight into wonderfully diverse cultures from across the world through the museum's ethnographic exhibitions. The Historical Museum is a prime example of Art Nouveau architecture, and the rich embellishments have a unique mix of Norwegian and international elements.

The Historical Museum and the Museum of the Viking Age are part of the Museum of Cultural History (at the University of Oslo). The exhibitions in the museums reflect their world-leading academic community.


Exhibitions:

VíKINGR: Some of the most exquisite artefacts that have been found from the Norwegian Viking Age

Samurai: 15 complete samurai armours, swords, and accessories

Emotions in Antiquity and Ancient Egypt: Get in touch with thousand year old emotions face to face with sculptures and sarcophagi.

Transformation – Faith and Sacred Objects in the Middle Ages: Rare artefacts from Norwegian stave churches

Collapse – Human Being in an Unpredictable World: An exhibition showing how forces of nature can cause both collapse and new development in cultures.

Control – Attempting to tame the world: Stories of how humans and animals co-exist.

Heritage – Our place in history: How do humans relate to the heritage and legacy of the past?

NOREGR - Medieval Stories

Good as Gold - Coins are History: Norway's largest coin collection.

Egypt in Europe: Norway's oldest and largest collection of Egyptian artefacts.

Ethnographic objects from Sudan and the Horn of Africa: Jewellery and folk costumes from the Horn of Africa, Somalia and Ethiopia

Visit Historical Museum's website for temporary exhibitions and changes in the program.


Longer opening hours on Thursdays
Free entry on the last Saturday of the month.

Norwegian name: Historisk museum

Last updated: 02/12/2024

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