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The Historical Museum

Frederiks gate 2 | The Museum of Cultural History, Oslo 0164, Norway
+47 22 85 99 10
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The Historical Museum is part of the Museum of Cultural History, and has the country's largest collection of items from pre-historic times and the Middle Ages. The displays include the weapons and gold of the Vikings, the only preserved Viking helmet and the early church art from the stave churches of the Middle Ages. The Coin Cabinet displays the gold treasure that was evacuated during Nazi occupation in 1940. The Ethnographic Museum exhibits Egyptian mummies and Medtiterranean Antiquities, as well as items from non-Western cultures; Arctic expeditions, native American cultures and East Asian cultures. Closed:1 May, 17 May, 24-26 December, 31 December, 1 January. Norwegian name: Historisk Museum
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Frederiks gate 2 | The Museum of Cultural History, Oslo 0164, Norway
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"viking helmet"
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"free entry"
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"egyptian collection"
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"viking age"
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"interesting section"
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"on display"
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"store bags"
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"stave churches"
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"combined ticket"
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"english translation"
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"norse mythology"
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"rainy day"
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"oslo pass"
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"two hours"
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"royal palace"
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Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

I love museums, but this one was a waste of $16. It felt like most of it was under construction, so I certainly felt ripped off paying full price. It has a number of random exhibits with no connection. The wasn’t any depth in the...More

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Reviewed 4 weeks ago

As a Graduate of Ancient History I knew this museum would have to be visited, for its Egyptian collection and other areas of the ancient world. It was free entry with the ticket to the Viking Ship Museum, which was a nice bonus. Easy to...More

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Reviewed March 20, 2018

If you buy the Viking Ship museum ticket, you can use it to also come here. We didn't have much time (20mins.) so we went through very quickly. It is a small museum, but worth going to check out. It is easy to get to...More

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Reviewed February 26, 2018

My wife and I visited the Historical Museum, because we got free entry with our ticket to the Viking Ship Museum. The exhibits include not only Norwegian history and culture, but also North America, the Vikings and Egyptian mummies. It turned out to be an...More

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Reviewed February 15, 2018 via mobile

Visited in the afternoon. Free entry with same day ticket to Viking Ship Museum. Last stop of the 3 museums in a day. Only a small museum. Main reason we came was the mummy exhibit. Something to do on a rainy day

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Reviewed December 6, 2017 via mobile

Great museum. It is small. Has about 7 galleries ranging from medieval history to Japanese history, to mousetraps! 2 of the galleries were closed when We went (Vikings and something else) We were rushed because we had only an hour before closing, probably could have...More

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Reviewed September 30, 2017 via mobile

This museum, located close to the royal palace in downtown Oslo, is part of the cultural museum on another island close to the viking ship museum. The ticket for the cultural museum gets you access to this history museum. This museum offers a section on...More

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Reviewed September 28, 2017

Interesting displays of Nordic and Viking cultures including the very cool Viking Helmet. Of particular interest was the treasury room with the walk through gold vault. A significant portion of the gold coin reserve that was hidden during the war years and now on display.

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Reviewed September 16, 2017

Lots on Norwegian history, its culture and sea faring past. Also rooms with Chinese exhibits and Egyptian mummies. Close to the National Gallery so you can walk from there.

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Reviewed September 2, 2017 via mobile

... museum commitment issues. Each section of this museum is quite brief and the museum covers Viking life, to Arctic culture, an Egyptian exhibit and even goes to the Americas. So each exhibit is quite short and perfect for kids or adults that are not...More

1  Thank Doug M
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