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.
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.
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.
The Viking Ship Museum is closed due to a security guard strike until Thursday 1 October. Normal opening hours do not apply during this period.
- Open Tuesday–Sunday 10:00–16:00, Mondays closed
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.
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.
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.
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.
Visit the museum shop to find books, gifts and souvenirs related to your museum experience.
Free audio guides
Download our free app to get audio guides on your phone. (PS: we have wifi)
There are no regular tours organized by the museum, but you will find guided tours organized by external guide services on VisitOslo.
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.
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.
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.