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The collections

There is a great research potential in the collections of the Museum of Cultural History. Archaeological finds from Norway and collected anthropological materials from all over the world contribute continuously to the growth of the collections and constitute a base for new a presentation of the problem that will be explored.

About the collections

  • The largest collections of the Museum of Cultural History are The collection of Norwegian antiquities, The ethnographic collection and The Coin cabinet. The collection of Norwegian antiquities includes archaeological material from the Stone Age to the reformation, including the Viking ship collection and the collection of medieval ecclesiastical art.
  • The ethnographic collection has objects from all continents, from different historical periods until today. The Coin cabinet administers the largest numismatic collection in the country, with coins from Classical Antiquity to those most recently coined in Norway.
  • The minor collections of the Museum of Cultural History consist of the Collection of classical antiquities, the Egyptian collection and the Runic archive, which all include unique objects.
  • The collections of the Museum of Cultural History hold Norway’s largest collection of ancient and medieval artefacts, church art, runic inscriptions, coins and other moneys, decorations and medals, antiquities and ethnographic objects, and are the result of almost 200 years of accumulation.
  • They are the core of the museum’s activities, and form the basis of the museum’s research, education and heritage protection policies. The collections consist of all the objects owned by the museum, the documentation connected to these objects, and other archive material. Only some of the objects are exhibited.
  • The remainder are kept in storage, undergoing a restoration process, being used for research purposes, or on loan to other museums or research institutions. The museum is working to describe and catalogue all of its objects so they can be listed in databases that will be made available to the public.

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