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.
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.
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 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.
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.
Ragnhild Martine Bø is an art historian and a Postdoctoral Fellow in the Department of Archeology, Conservation and History at the University of Oslo.
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 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.
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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