Success from day one!
The Viking Ship Museum is a national symbol that houses what is probably Norway’s most important contribution to world cultural heritage: the ships and grave goods from the major ship burial sites at Oseberg and Gokstad, Tune and Borre. The iconic building was designed by Arnstein Arneberg, one of the most important Norwegian architects of the 20th Century.
Stricter safety and display requirements
Right from the start, there was massive interest surrounding the Viking Ship Museum, the ships and artefacts, and stricter requirements were placed on the safety of the artefacts and the way in which they are displayed. The Museum of Cultural History has therefore been working for a number of years on ways to display the Viking ships and other Viking Age collections in a more secure, visitor-friendly manner.
A brief history of the Viking Ship Museum:
- 1867 The Tune ship was excavated and stored in the University Gardens in Christiania.
- 1880 The Gokstad ship was excavated and stored in the University Gardens in Christiania.
- 1904 The Oseberg ship was excavated and stored in a shed in the University Gardens in Christiania.
- In 1913, Professor Gabriel Gustafson, who had led the excavation of the Oseberg ship, proposed building a museum for the three ships on Bygdøy.
- 1916 An architectural competition was announced, which was won by Arnstein Arneberg.
- 1925 Christiania changed its name to Oslo.
- 1926 The wing for the Oseberg ship was opened.
- 1932 The wings for the Gokstad and Tune ships were opened.
- 1957 The wing for the extraordinary grave goods was opened.
- 2016 The annual number of visitors to the Viking Ship Museum reached 500,000.