New exhibition:

The story of mankind is often told as an inevitable development towards civilization, made possible by the ever-increasing control of animals and plants. It begins in the Stone Age, when humans began domesticating animals and cultivating plants, continuing to the industrial agriculture of our time. In this exhibition, we want to question the story we have heard so many times.


Become acquainted with Viking war culture and their journeys, and how society changed during the Viking era.

Fabulous Animals

The Vikings and their ancestors looked upon animals with awe and admiration. Enter a world where the relationship with animals was completely different from today.

The Historical Museum

Make a date with history! See Norway's largest collection of historical artifacts, housed in our beautiful Art Nouveau building. Visit the country’s oldest skull, exquisite Viking treasures, Egyptian mummies and a multitude of ethnographic exhibitions from Africa, to name a few.

Opening hours

See opening hours all year round

The Viking Ship Museum: Closed

The Viking Ship Museum is now closed for rebuilding. We will reopen as the Museum of the Viking Age in 2025.

At the Historical Museum you can visit the exhibition VÍKINGR, which contains some of the most exquisite objects that we have from the Norwegian Viking Age.

Viking ship

Museum of the Viking Age

The Historical Museum

Museum of Cultural History