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A big crowd observing a viking ship at The Viking Ship Museum in Oslo
The Viking Ship Museum in Oslo.
Photo: Eirik Irgens Johnsen / Kulturhistorisk museum, Universitetet i Oslo

These hints from insider Ragnhild Martine Bø will lead you to high-quality historical museums all over Norway.

    Ragnhild Martine Bø, art historian and postdoctoral researcher at The Institute of archeology, conservation, and history in Oslo, is the person to ask for guidance to some of Norway’s key historical museums.

    A glimpse into Norway’s past

    You will find good exhibitions all over the country that are suitable regardless of your prior knowledge.

    Numerous famous and rare objects on display tell the story of the country’s development. These places’ fresh and modern approach to architecture and presentation makes the past come alive.

  • A building full of history

    The Historical Museum in Oslo is the fast track to a deeper knowledge of the origins of Norwegians. It is also a visual guide to the unexpected development of the Norwegian society from rather poor and self-sufficient to far more independent and international.

  • The Vikings were here

    The Viking Ship Museum in Oslo is among the most visited exhibitions in Norway. The wooden vessels from the 9th century are flanked by numerous objects that reveal everyday life in the Viking Age. The museum also shows that the history of the Vikings has many layers, and it captures our imagination and curiosity.

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  • An invitation to the Archbishops residence

    The Archbishop’s palace museum in Trondheim is part of the site of the Nidaros Dome. In the early 1990s, a fire destroyed some of the wooden buildings and a new and airy museum was built. A result of the construction was unseen archeological finds that have substantially enriched the collection of the museum.

  • The story of the coastal culture

    The Museum of Archaeology in Stavanger tells the story about the region way before it got world-famous for its petrol industry. People have been living here for a long, long time, and the proofs are in the museum’s collection of numerous everyday objects.

  • The Museum of Archaeology in Stavanger, Fjord Norway
    Photo: Arkeologisk Museum
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    The Sami Museum in Varangerbotn, Northern Norway
    Photo: Várjjat Sámi Musea
  • Bergen through the ages

    The extensive exhibition of Bergen Historical Museum runs from the Age of Antiquity to the present. If you are into archeology and ethnography, you will find entire collections that witness the progress of the special way of life in the Stavanger region, including – of course – the Viking culture. The section of church art is considered to be the most important in Norway.

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Explore Norway’s history

Classic historical museums
The largest collection of items from pre-historic times and the Middle Ages found in Norway. Read more
The Historical Museum
Borgund Stave Church is a unique example of impressive medieval architecture and is a distinctive landmark on the tourist route to Lærdal. Read more
Borgund Stave church
Collections ranging form the Age of antiquity and the Middle Ages right up to the present day. Read more
The University Museum of Bergen - wonder and science
Eidsvollbygningen is a house full of exciting history. For Norwegians it is one of the most important national symbols, inextricably tied to the… Read more
Eidsvoll 1814 - Norwegian Center for Constitution
Kafé Standpunkt - is a modern coffeehouse inspired by the coffeehouse traditions that were established in Europe during the 17thcentury. In Madame… Read more
Cafe Standpunkt at Eidsvoll 1814
Offbeat historical museums
Let Trond Schøning from Blomqvist auction house introduce you to his favourite alternative historical museums.
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The Glomdal Museum is one of the country's largest open-air museums, and displays a four hundred year-old period of building- and living tradition in… Read more
Anno The Glomdal Museum
The mansion Breidablikk was built in wood by the architect, Henrik Nissen, in 1881. The owner was the merchant and shipowner Lars Berentsen, one of… Read more
The open-air Old Bergen Museum is a reconstructed small town consisting of around 50 wooden houses dating from the 18th, 19th and 20th centuries. Read more
Old Bergen Museum - Bergen City Museum
Damsgård Country Mansion was erected in the 18th C. It is perhaps Europe's best preserved wooden Rococco building with the original interior. Read more
Damsgård Country Mansion - Bergen City Museum
The Norwegian Glacier Museum is an award-winning hands-on museum, situated in Fjærland at the head of the Fjærlandsfjord. Read more
Norwegian Glacier Museum
The Hamsun Centre is located by the vicarage ruins on the banks of the Glimma River in Presteid in Hamarøy Municipality in Northern Norway Read more
The Hamsun Centre
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    Explore Norwegian history and traditions in your own way. There is no need to wait until you’re here to find out what you want to see.

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