New exhibition: 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.

Last chance to see the Viking ships in five years!

Experience the mighty Viking heritage before the museum closes for rebuilding on October 1st.

Welcome to our two museums

The Viking Ship Museum

The world's best preserved viking ships! The Oseberg, Gokstad and Tune ships were originally ocean-going vessels before they were hauled ashore to be used in burial rituals for their rich owners. Study the ships and the Viking treasures up close!

Opening hours

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

Two museums in one ticket!

Tickets give you admission to both museums for 48 hours.

There is no need to buy tickets online. Ticket offices are located at the museum entrances.

Free admisson for refugees

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News from the Museum of Cultural History

  • 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.

  • Image may contain: Sky, Plant, Building, Window, Neighbourhood. Welcome back! May 25, 2021 2:00 PM

    The Viking Ship Museum and the Historical Museum will reopen to the public on June 1st at 10.00.

The Viking Ship Museum

The Historical Museum

Museum of Cultural History