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.



Your name

Website (optional)


Frederiks Gate 2, Oslo, Norway
See all sites in Oslo


Category: Museums in Norway


4.1/5 (based on Google user reviews)

User Reviews

Chris Callaghan (18 months ago)
Really interesting exhibits, but quite small (although partly under construction)
Bal Herrera (18 months ago)
This is a big and incredible place full of information not only about the history of Scandinavia but also has many different halls covering many parts of the world. It's a place to devote minimum 2 hours if you really want to enjoy the information and watch carefully the items. I got the entrance for this museum when buying my ticket for the Viking ship museum, it's a great deal doing it that way, ask for that option when visiting the ship museum.
George Salamouras (2 years ago)
A good place to visit, but I expected to see more Norwegian staff
Ziyaad Mayet (2 years ago)
I am not big museum person. Boring. This one was an example. Good section on Arctic people. But not interested in rest.
Jørgen Rygh (2 years ago)
Very small but interesting museum. They have a great exhibition of medieval wooden portals. They often swap out exhibitions so check what's on their plan before going. The ticket is also valid for the Viking ship museum, so worth going.
Powered by Google

Featured Historic Landmarks, Sites & Buildings

Historic Site of the week

Externsteine Stones

The Externsteine (Extern stones) is a distinctive sandstone rock formation located in the Teutoburg Forest, near the town of Horn-Bad Meinberg. The formation is a tor consisting of several tall, narrow columns of rock which rise abruptly from the surrounding wooded hills. Archaeological excavations have yielded some Upper Paleolithic stone tools dating to about 10,700 BC from 9,600 BC.

In a popular tradition going back to an idea proposed to Hermann Hamelmann in 1564, the Externsteine are identified as a sacred site of the pagan Saxons, and the location of the Irminsul (sacral pillar-like object in German paganism) idol reportedly destroyed by Charlemagne; there is however no archaeological evidence that would confirm the site's use during the relevant period.

The stones were used as the site of a hermitage in the Middle Ages, and by at least the high medieval period were the site of a Christian chapel. The Externsteine relief is a medieval depiction of the Descent from the Cross. It remains controversial whether the site was already used for Christian worship in the 8th to early 10th centuries.

The Externsteine gained prominence when Völkisch and nationalistic scholars took an interest in the late 19th and early 20th centuries. This interest peaked under the Nazi regime, when the Externsteine became a focus of nazi propaganda. Today, they remain a popular tourist destination and also continue to attract Neo-Pagans and Neo-Nazis.