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.
- 1 May to 30 September: 09:00 to 18:00 (closed 1 Jan)
- 1 October to 30 April: 10:00 to 16:00
- The museum shop is closed 31 October 2018
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.
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.
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
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.