The Historical Museum

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The Historical Museum
3.5
Speciality Museums • History Museums
10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Tuesday
10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Wednesday
10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Thursday
10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Friday
10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Saturday
10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Sunday
10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
About
What did the people of the past think, believe and know? How did they arrange their lives, their belongings and their knowledge? Take a journey to our house of many wonders; Experience some of Norway's most beautiful stave church portals in our medieval exhibition. Learn about the Norwegian Stone Age people, explore the Egyptian mummies and get an insight into wonderfully diverse cultures from across the World through our ethnographic exhibitions. The Historical museum is a prime example of Art Nouveau architecture, and the rich embellishments has a unique mix of Norwegian and international elements. The Historical museum and the Viking Ship Museum is a part of the Museum of Cultural History (part of the University of Oslo). The exhibitions in the museums reflects our rich academic community within archeology, ethnography and numismatics 2 Museums for the price of one! With a ticket to the Historical Museum, you also get a free pass to the Viking Ship Museum within 48 hours.
Suggested duration
2-3 hours
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Tours and Tickets

The area
Address
Neighbourhood: Sentrum
How to get there
  • Nationaltheatret • 3 min walk
  • Stortinget • 7 min walk
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Pat
2 contributions
Interesting artefacts however, museum itself is very bare and empty and a member of staff was extremely rude to us.
Oct 2021 • Couples
Me and my partner visited here to see the Viking exhibit. The artefacts themselves I couldn’t fault but the museum itself is just so bare and empty. On the way in to one of the exhibits my partner took a sip out of his water bottle and got told off, I mean rules are rules and no food and drink we understand (we didn’t know this though) especially in a museum but it felt as we were being told off like naughty children. On the way in we also weren’t explained too that we had to keep our back packs up front and this lead to a member of staff being very passive aggressive when telling me to do so and she then continued to walk around with a bad attitude which made me and my partner feel really uncomfortable. On a positive note there was a male member of staff who was pleasant and smiled and also the gentleman in the shop was helpful and friendly.
Written 27 October 2021
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perkallott
Oslo, Norway5 contributions
Underwhelming
Aug 2021
Most of the exhibits are lackluster and old-fashioned, and it is impossible to understand what the general idea of the museum is. This is mostly archaeological artefacts in display cases with no background information or context, and a hodge-podge collection of "exotic" objects and clothes from other cultures in the ethnographic section. When I visited, half the museum was closed to the public, and yet they had the audacity to charge full price for the experience. The museum shop is nice, and the building itself is architecturally interesting.
Written 30 August 2021
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soulis v
6 contributions
good to go
Aug 2021
the museum in renovation epoca but still it is nice to see although very, verry poor comparing to Romain, Minoan, Asia Minor , Assyrian, antiquities
Written 7 August 2021
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Sian
London, UK600 contributions
Bit of an odd layout
Mar 2020 • Friends
The museum is laid out a bit weirdly and is a bit of a hodge podge of different random artifacts. Each area is quite small, but some areas are much better than others - unsurprisingly the Viking area was particularly good. The areas on other cultures were a bit of a let down - but I'm not sure whether it's because I've been spoiled by visiting much larger museums before (I'm from London!)
Written 19 July 2020
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EllenChr
Oslo, Norway2,237 contributions
No comprehensive idea
Jul 2020
The building is newly renovated - and it's such a shame that the museum fails to use it to its full potential.
It is difficult to understand the thoughts of this institution. There are a lot of different exhibitions, and no red line through.
The rooms with viking artifacts are nicely displayed. The same can be said for the rooms with medival art and the coin collection. The museum shop is very good - an extensive selection which I really enjoyed. This is the positive bit.
But - there was one room with egyption, roman and greek artifacts layed out. I fail to see what they tried to show. Not much information - and anyhow this kind of exhibits you will see better in other museums around the world. The same can be said for the room with a kind of ethnografic exhibit depicting cultures from meso and south america - again impossible to understand the thoughts behind it.
At the top floor, there was en exhibition which to me was kind of a modern art concept on decay made by students from the university. In one way interesting - but in my head very misplaced beeing in an historic museum and not in an art gallery for modern art...
But if you go - be sure to pay attention to the building itself. There are a lot of wonderful art nouveau details through out the building.
Written 10 July 2020
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nilslyseng
Oslo, Norway117 contributions
Neat Museum
Jan 2020
We walked in here, as we knew they had a free day. As we are history buffs and been to Museums all-over. We have some expectations.

The exhibits are really well made. The various departmens are well presented and has explainations of the items. It is rich to see the pieces of Egypt. The pieces of the Viking Age. Both of them are worth a visit.

However, this museum at the current stage are under renevasion. So a lot rooms closed and parts where thing will at a later stage come. This would have extended and enriched the visit. The parts that are there is nice and neat. Really got at explaining and also shows all various cultures.

Plus some of the old Norse too. The Swords, the Coins and the pieces of old buildings. However, you get through it very quickly. That's why this is a three star. Not because the Museum is bad in itself. Its not, but we just wished to see more and at another time. When more of it is open. It might enlighten us even more.

We was lucky to go on day without paying tickets. We had a good time looking at historical artificats.
Written 25 January 2020
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Klaudia_Karpinska
Oslo, Norway86 contributions
To learn about different periods and cultures!
Oct 2019
Kulturhistorisk Museum is a big museum located in the centrum of Oslo. In this museum are presented several fascinating exhibitions concerning different periods and cultures. On the ground floor, are presented interesting exhibitions concerning finds from Stone Age and Early Medieval Art. On the following floors, are presented coins, artefacts from ancient Egypt and exhibitions concerning different cultures and tribes of the North. What is interesting, on the last floor is presented newly opened exhibition concerning Viking Age. In white Art nouveau room are presented numerous showcases with well-known rich finds dated to this period, which were discovered in various parts of Norway. Moreover, in the separate room, we can learn more about the above-mentioned period and artefacts from multimedia presentations and films.

In my opinion this museum, which its rich and fascinating exhibitions, is the perfect place to spend time and to learn more about the North (and not only).
Written 24 November 2019
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Miss_Tablet
Calgary, Alberta, Canada162 contributions
First time visit
Oct 2019
When I discovered I had admission after visiting the Viking Ship Museum, I stopped in to explore. I loved seeing the Viking exhibit along with everything else the had on offer.
Written 28 October 2019
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debbieleeg
Cincinnati, OH266 contributions
Bonus - Cultural history of the World
Sep 2019
We thought this would just be about Norway but we were impressed with the breadth of the displays. It is about the history of man around the world and it was fascinating and very well curated. The offerings were unusual - many things we had never seen before. We came here after the Viking Ship Museum because the tickets from there were also good here. We actually ran out of time because there was so much to see and read and it was interesting so we didn't want to miss anything. Four of us went. Everyone totally enjoyed it and would go again. The only sign of previously mentioned renovations was work being done on the outside of the building.
Written 10 October 2019
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Lauren S
Baltimore, MD95 contributions
A little underwhelming
Sep 2019
We visited to see the Viking exhibit as the other exhibits are reminiscent of those in local museums at home in the U.S.. The artifacts in the exhibit were incredible, but there weren't very many of them. We enjoyed the interactive elements and also found the plans for the new Viking museum really intriguing; we will definitely visit that museum when it opens. If you have a full day in Oslo, we'd recommend visiting this museum after the Viking Ship museum; the admission is around $10 for both, but the Viking Ship museum has a much larger collection.
Written 5 October 2019
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  • Tue - Sun 10:00 AM - 5:00 PM


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