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The Museum of Cultural History conducts research at a high international level and is Norway's leading research museum in the field of cultural history.


The Museum of Cultural History has over three million objects in its collections. We have archeological objects from the Stone Age to the Middle Ages. The collections of coins and ethnographic objects show the world's cultural diversity.


The Museum of Cultural History conducts research at a high international level. Interdisciplinary research groups work with topics within the museum's focus areas, and are part of international networks.

Archaeological excavations

The Museum of Cultural History conducts archaeological excavations in the south and east of Norway. The museum is a professional advisor for the National Heritage Board, county municipalities and other bodies within cultural heritage protection.

Our museums

At the Historical Museum, you can see selected objects from Norway's largest cultural history collections and learn more about Norway's history and the world's cultural diversity.

We have the best preserved Viking ships in the world. Here you can learn more about the Vikings and how made their mark on the world. The new world-leading Museum of the Viking Age opens in 2026.

The University of Oslo is Norway’s oldest university and has played a pivotal historical role. The Museum of University History reflects the historical diversity and connects it to our present and future.


  • Image may contain: Sculpture, Statue, Art, Event, Fictional character. Digital replication, aura and wonder Oct. 26, 2022 2:15 PM

    This presentation will explore the relationship between historic responses to cultural artefacts and natural places that engender wonder and the more recent heritage practices around those places and objects.

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    The Historical Museum, the Museum of the Viking Age and the Museum of University and Science History are organized under the Museum of Cultural History.

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