Viking Ship Museum

Oslo, Norway

The main attractions at the Viking Ship Museum are the Oseberg ship, Gokstad ship and Tune ship. Additionally, the Viking Age display includes sledges, beds, a horse cart, wood carving, tent components, buckets and other grave goods. Many fully or nearly fully intact Viking ships are on display. Its most famous ship is the completely whole Oseberg ship.

In 1913, Swedish professor Gabriel Gustafson proposed a specific building to house Viking Age finds that were discovered at the end of the 19th and the beginning of the 20th century. The Gokstad and Oseberg ships had been stored in temporary shelters at the University of Oslo. An architectural contest was held, and Arnstein Arneberg won. The hall for the Oseberg ship was built with funding from the Parliament of Norway, and the ship was moved from the University shelters in 1926. The halls for the ships from Gokstad and Tune were completed in 1932. Building of the last hall was delayed, partly due to the Second World War, and this hall was completed in 1957. It houses most of the other finds, mostly from Oseberg.



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KH said 4 years ago
The Viking Ship Museum is an amazing place to visit! As soon as you open the door you see the beautiful Oseberg ship which only begins to show the unbelievable craftsmanship of the Vikings. I visited Norway with a friend and it was the very first thing that I wanted to see and it was worth it!!


Langviksveien 5, Oslo, Norway
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Founded: 1926
Category: Museums in Norway


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Patrick Kidwell (3 months ago)
Superb museum, it is a little out of the way but well worth the visit. All the information is super interesting and there is a projected story displayed at the end room on the right, make sure you wait for it (it comes on periodically). Great visit and super exciting!
Franco Cipolla (3 months ago)
If you’re into Viking history this place is definitely worth a visit. The main exhibition consists mostly of Viking ships, restored to their full glory and readily available to marvel all guests. They also have all sorts of Viking artifacts and a nice little shop, with, amongst other things, books about Norse mythology and the Vikings in general.
Taavi Davies (4 months ago)
This is a spectacular museum, beautifully designed and elegant in its simplicity. Three Viking ships, no fuss. The elevated viewing platforms afford a perfect view of the ships while drawing people away from the ships themselves, thus reducing distracting crowds. The free audio guide (also free wifi) is very well done
Ty Prowant (5 months ago)
Incredible displays of ancient Viking ships that are incredibly well preserved. If you got to Norway you have to stop here. They did a great job of creating an emersive experience in which you can say multiple ships and learn about the Norse culture of old. Amazing.
ninoski 404 (6 months ago)
The ships are very nicely preserved, the sculpting on the wood is phenomenal and there is a nice video playing on the wall - but it's just not enough for the price, they charge 90 NOK for students and it's just three ships. I understand you cannot walk on them but honestly beside the size reference it's really not that different from watching photos online. You walk 1m around bottoms of the ships and if you want to actually see what's inside you have to go on a small tower built into the wall and then they are so far away you can barely see any detail.
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