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The Medieval Gallery

The exhibition in the Medieval Gallery displays religious artefacts as well as everyday objects.

The exhibition was designed by Norway's best known architect, Sverre Fehn (1924 – 2009). It opened in 1979. Photo: Museum of Cultural History, University of Oslo.

Religious artefacts

The Cultural History Museum has a uniquely rich selection of stave church portals, chairs and other high-quality wooden objects from the 12th and 13th centuries.

You will also find Norway's largest collection of painted church art from the period 1100-1350.

Maria med barnet, Hedalen stavkirke
A replica of Mary with child from Hedalen stave church. © Museum of Cultural History, UiO/ Eirik Irgens Johnsen 
Drikkehorn fra Elingård på Onsøy i Østfold.
Drinking vessel from Elingård, Onsøy, Østfold. © Museum of Cultural History, UiO/ Eirik Irgens Johnsen

Everyday life in Medieval times

Alongside the objects from Norwegian churches, the exhibition holds a rich collection of finger rings, shoes, games and tools you would expect to find in a Medieval market place.