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Norwegian Petroleum Museum

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Address: Kjeringholmen 1A, Stavanger 4006, Norway
Phone Number:
+47 51 93 93 00
10:00 - 18:00
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Sun 10:00 - 18:00
Mon - Sat 10:00 - 16:00
Recommended length of visit: 1-2 hours

A Dynamic Museum for a Dynamic IndustryNorwegian Petroleum Museum is a...

A Dynamic Museum for a Dynamic IndustryNorwegian Petroleum Museum is a museum for everyone. Its exhibits explain how oil and gas are created, disovered and produced, and what they are used for. The museum also provides informastion about technological advances and the way petroleum influences Norwegian society. Original objects, models, films and interactive exhibits illustrate everything from everyday life offshore to technology and dramatic incidents. The curious cat Petro serves as a guide through the museum's science centre.The museum was designed by architects Lunde & Løvseth, and is an attraction in itself. Its architecture is a scenographic interpretation of the Norwegian bedrock, the open coastal landscape and the offshore oil installations. Architechtural reviews have said that there is hardly a building in Norway which signals its function as obviously as the Norwegian Petroleum Museum. The museum was opened in 1999.

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I work in the oil sector (hence why I was in Stavanger) and even I learned loads in what is a fantastic museum. It really brings it all home when you get to see real bits and... read more

5 of 5 bubblesReviewed 2 weeks ago
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

I work in the oil sector (hence why I was in Stavanger) and even I learned loads in what is a fantastic museum. It really brings it all home when you get to see real bits and pieces in front of you (rather than on PowerPoint presentation courses), particularly about the engineering side (for me anyway). Thought that 3 of... More 

Thank Uamhair
Aberdeen, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Excellent tour around the museum with a school group. Guide catered very well for students, great exhibition space with interactive activities.

Thank tomwjsimpson
Oslo, Norway
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Stavanger people are proud of their unique oil history. This museum is no exeption. It is absolutely worth a visit. Staff here is great. Nice informative models and creative ways to tell a gripping history. It might be a bit biased towards locals and the nostalgic past. What about the enviroment aspect, the ongoing ethical critizism and what about the... More 

Thank Pål R
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 16 February 2017

Very nice to see! The Norwegian Petroleum Museum in Stavanger provides a modern interactive setting for experiencing how oil and gas were created millions of years ago, how petroleum is found and how it is used. The museum also provides insights into technological developments in the petroleum sector, and the way this industry has affected Norwegian society.

Thank Elis P
Trondheim, Norway
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 14 February 2017 via mobile

I've been here twice and enjoyed guided tours both. It's really interesting to learn about Norwegian petroleum industry, how it started and the conditions the pioneers worked under.

Thank Thor-André A
Stavanger, Norway
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 14 February 2017

Wonderful place to be , learn a lot about how is the history of oil and gas industry in Norway. Models of various vessels explaining details. Drill Bits, offshore working demo in theatre and much more.

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 11 February 2017 via mobile

I am not at all into this topic and I have been dragged to this museum by my husband.I thought that it would be a waste of time but I was very pleasantly surprised. They have cleverly managed to present the development of the oil industry in a very interesting,pleasant and easy way to follow. The museum is very interactive... More 

Thank Kyriaki C
Stavanger, Norway
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 10 January 2017

The best petroleum museum in the world. Go and see for yourself. You get an idea of the history for the Norwegian continental shelf and its petroleum activity till present.

Thank Anna195755
Melbourne, Australia
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 January 2017

A very well handled look into the oil industry in Norway. Definitely challenged a few of my views but it did so in a really engaging and interesting way. An absolute must visit in Stavanger.

Thank rhin0aus
Mansfield, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 January 2017

This may seem an expensive attraction - use it to the best of your ability and you will be well rewarded. There is history on a grand scale, on a human scale and as with other museums in Stavanger a place for the young to play and learn. For English speakers there are times when the film shown is translated... More 

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