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.


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


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MEMORY ON THE HORIZON – Studio photographies – Somalia 1960–1980. Open 18.09-30.12.

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

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.

News from the Museum of Cultural History

  • gokstad1938---copy-(2) The Viking Ship Museum is now closed Oct. 1, 2021 11:55 AM

    Today, October 1 st 2021, a new chapter begins for Norway's most iconic cultural heritage: After 95 years of operation, the Viking Ship Museum has closed its doors - and reappears in a completely new guise in five years.

  • Image may contain: Vision care, Microphone, Mouth, Eyelash, Organ. Q&A: Conservators dusting in the Medieval Hall June 9, 2021 11:09 AM

    Our paintings conservators, Kaja Kollandsrud and Linn Solheim will dust and make the Medieval Hall ready for opening, after 6 months with a corona-closed museum.

Museum of the Viking Age

The Historical Museum

Museum of Cultural History