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The Viking Ship Museum

Viking Ship Museum

See the world's best-preserved Viking ships up close

Gokstad, Tune and Oseberg were sea-going ships before they were towed ashore and used in funeral rituals for their wealthy owners around the Oslo Fjord. In the tombs, archaeologists found some of the richest grave finds of the Viking Age. At the Viking Ship Museum you will see the ships and skeletal remains, beautiful wooden carvings and objects that shed light on the Vikings' fascinating world.

Gokstadskipet

The Gjellestad excavation

What is hidden in the Gjellestad ship? Hear, see and read about the latest finds, the latest interpretations and other, exciting updates from the excavation.

Avlyste arrangementer

We are preparing for a new Viking Age museum 

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.

Opening hours

Ticket prices

VIKINGR

Two museums for the price of one!

Experience our VÍKINGR exhibition at The Historical Museum. Tickets are valid at the Viking Ship Museum and the Historical Museum for 48 hours.

Academic Dugnad

Free entry for refugees and asylum seekers

About Academic Dugnad.

The Oseberg Ship in the exhibition hall

The Oseberg Viking Ship

Oseberg is richly decorated and was equipped with lavish burial gifts for the two women onboard. It took 21 years to restore the ship and the finds.

The Gokstad Ship in the exhibition hall

The Gokstad Viking Ship

Gokstad was a fast ship, suitable for high sea voyages. The man buried in it suffered cutting blows to both legs, indicating that he died in battle. 

The Tune Ship in the exhibition hall

The Tune Viking Ship

Tune was built from oak around 910 AD and had room for 24 rowers. The strong mast and lack of cargo capacity indicate a warship.

Photo of a carved animal head in wood

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.

Photo from the film in the exhibition hall

Vikings Alive

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.

Museum shop

Visit the museum shop to find books, gifts and souvenirs related to your museum experience.

Events

No upcoming events

Screenshot of the app for the Viking Ship Museum

Free audio guides

Download our free app to get audio guides on your phone. (PS: we have wifi)

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Guided tours

There are no regular tours organized by the museum, but you will find guided tours organized by external guide services on VisitOslo.

Crowd of people in the museum interior

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 entre-vsh@khm.uio.no or by giving us a call + 47 22 13 52 80. 

There is parking for buses in front of the museum. 

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The VÍKINGR exhibition. Photo by Snøhetta.

Visit the Historical Museum

Do you want to experience more history? Your ticket is valid in both museums for 48 hours!

New Viking Age Museum

Within 2025, you will be able to experience the Viking Age in a new type of research museum.

See how the new museum will be

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

 

Further resources

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. 

Libraries

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There are two libraries belonging to the Cultural History Museum. Both are open to the public. 

See information about the Etnographic Library

See information about the Archeology Library

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Directions

Address

Huk Aveny 35, 0287 Oslo

Public transport

Parking

Paid parking for private cars behind the museum, 12 kroner per hour during summer season, free during winter season.

Map

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.

Do you have any questions regarding your visit?

Please contact us through email: postmottak@khm.uio.no or by phone: (47) 22851900