Today, October 1st 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.
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.
The Viking Ship Museum and the Historical Museum will reopen to the public on June 1st at 10.00.
The new museum at Bygdøy is to be called Museum of the Viking Age. The three Viking ships in the logo honour the main attractions in the outstanding cultural history collection.
Six years of work with Viking DNA published in Nature this week.
Finally this rejected and neglected museum object has been brought into the light, and the Gjermundbu helmet is no longer the only Viking helmet in the world!
Associate Professor of Archaeology Marianne Hem Eriksen has been awarded a Starting Grant of 1,5 million euro from the European Research Council for the project ‘Body-Politics: Personhood, Sexuality, and Death in the Iron and Viking Ages’ in this year’s competition.
Various things have happened to rune stones in Norway over the course of history. Here are some examples from the lives of three famous rune stones, now in the collections of the Museum of Cultural History.
In the saga literature, Hundorp in eastern Norway is described as one of the most important pagan cult sites from the late Viking era. Now the area is going to be scanned with georadar for the first time.
A Viking ship is to be excavated in Norway, for the first time in over one hundred years. The Gjellestad ship will be able to provide completely new knowledge about the Viking Age – thanks to modern technology and new archaeological methods.
Now that we have opened our doors again, we are complying with government regulations to protect the public and the health and safety of our employees.
In 2016, the Museum of Cultural History received a collection of photos, artifacts, and manuscripts after the Norwegian traveller and tradesman Oscar Mamen. The museum soon started the work to digitize the collection for research purposes. Even before it was given to the museum, the collection had received wide international attention.
The archaeologists can now safely say that the ship is from the Viking Age, and they have also circled in the area the ship was built. But there are still many secrets left to uncover…
Preparations for the new Viking Age Museum are underway.
Have you also seen the reconstructed face of the female Viking warrior this week? Researchers at the Museum of Cultural History are now conducting new analyses of the warrior from the Nordre Kjølen grave.
The government announced today that the long-awaited start grant for construction of the new Viking Ship Museum will be in the National budget for next year.
Our Viking heritage is starting to collapse as a result of gravity and one hundred years of conservation. Our unique Viking ships are in a constant state of deterioration and the only thing which could now save this World Heritage site on the Bygdøy Peninsula is a new museum building.
For the first time in more than 100 years, archaeologists are investigating what could be a buried Viking ship.
A recent 3D scan has revealed disturbing movements in the Gokstad ship.
We are weighing the world's best preserved viking ship. Can you guess the weight? The competition is closed, and the winner is Carl Olav Staff.
In a few years’ time the Viking ships at Bygdøy will be moving into brand new premises. Preparations are already underway, and one important task involves finding out how much they weigh.
How much does the Oseberg Ship weigh? Carl Olav stole a march on 1,600 other competitors when he used a special method of calculation.