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.
Explore the viking ships in 360 degrees
The Oseberg ship is emptied and scanned. Our conservators remove loose objects and cover the ship. The items are packed and stored in our magazine until the new museum is complete.
See the world's best preserved viking ships up close
All the viking ships at our museum were ocean going vessels before they were hauled onto land to be used in burial rituals for their wealthy owners. In the burial mounds, archeologists unearthed sceletons, beautiful wood carvings and a diverse range of artifacts from the fascinating world of the vikings.
We are preparing for the new viking age museum
We are emptying the Oserberg ship for scanning. Our conservators are removing the floorboard and loose objects. the objects will be kept in storage until the new museum of the viking age is completed. Read more about the new viking age museum.
- Open Tuesday–Sunday 10:00–16:00, Mondays closed
Art and craftmanship
See all the beautifully crafted grave gifts found with the ships, ranging from everyday objects and utensils to religious artifacts with breathtaking details. Experience the fourth wing at The Viking Ship Museum digitally.
Are you ready for a different kind of museum experience? Three times every hour, you can join us for a unique visual journey into the Viking Age.
Tickets are valid at the Viking Ship Museum and the Historical Museum for 48 hours.
For tour operators
To apply for a voucher agreement or any questions regarding tour operators, contact our ticket office by sending us an email to firstname.lastname@example.org or by giving us a call + 47 22 13 52 80.
There is parking for buses in front of the museum.
Download our brochure to see the other museums you can visit if you want to spend a day on the beautiful peninsula of Bygdøy.
Learn more about the vikings
The Cultural History Museum in Oslo is a research museum with extensive activities. Below is a list of current projects related to the Viking Age and other resources to help you find photos and information about archeological digs, projects and finds.
Research projects and groups
The objects in our collections are registered and published online in the photographic web portal Unimus. It contains several thousand images of artifacts as well as documentation from fieldwork and conservation processes.
Unimus facilitates combined queries throughout all the Norwegian university museums' collections.
New Viking Age Museum
Within 2025, you will be able to experience the Viking Age in a new type of research museum.
Accessibility and facilities at Viking Ship Museum
- The building has two floors. The exhibition space is wheelchair accessible with exception of the upper balconies. The offices on the ground floor are accessible through a side door.
- Entrances: The main entrance is wheelchair accessible, but the door is heavy. The side entrances are for staff only. Please notify the staff if you need assistance.
- Lift: A wheelchair lift is available inside.
- Toilets: A number of toilets are located in the basement. Toilets for disabled persons are also in the basement, and are accessible by a wheelchair lift. One HC-toilet is for the public and one is for the staff.
- Accessibility: Some interior doorways have high thresholds, non-standard widths and heavy doors. The building is not equipped with a wire loop. Please notify the staff if you need assistance or if there are other ways we can accommodate you.
- Animals are not allowed into the building. Except for guide dogs for the blind.