Historical Museum of Norway

Oslo, Norway

The Historical Museum is part of the Museum of Cultural History, which has the country's largest collection of items from pre-historic times and the Middle Ages found in Norway. The Antiquities Collection shows Norwegian antiquities from the Stone Age to the Middle Ages including outstanding Viking Age and Medieval collections. Guided tours during summer season. The Collection of Coins and Medals displays Norwegian coins and banknotes. The Ethnographic Museum exhibits Egyptian mummies and Antique art, as well as items from non-Western cultures, Arctic expeditions, African cultures, native American cultures and East Asian cultures.

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Frederiks Gate 2, Oslo, Norway
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Category: Museums in Norway

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Princessx7x3x (2 years ago)
It's beautiful and nice. The museum is closed due to covid-19 but the shop inside is open. It's nice to visit.
Bjørn Dølvik (2 years ago)
Could need some modernization. Lots of plaques to read and very little information regarding the items on exhibition.
Ayoub Aabass (2 years ago)
Extremely small, extremely sparse in its showcases and offers little to no novelty in its contents. I see the inherit value in its existence for the locals but it offers no reason to actually visit it to any foreigner, especially ones that live in countries where similar museums offer similar expositions on a much larger scale and with much more variety.
Ivan Patrishkov (3 years ago)
As a museum it is interesting, the exhibitions are nice and well presented. But the guards were rude. In 15:55 they kicked us out, knowing only two words "closing" and "now". Mind you, nobody told us the closing time prior, else we would make sure we see the whole museum before that.
Adam Marsh (3 years ago)
The museum was set in a beautiful building, very regal and clean. The establishment had a serene feeling and allowed me to soak up the treasures of knowledge stored within the exhibits. Very impressed by the displays, a lot of information to digest and sights to see. The most striking of all exhibits was the Norwegian section which provided a deep dive into the earliest parts of the country's history. Thoroughly enjoyed this and would recommend this as a must see for any tourist.
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Muslim Era

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